As per my question clarification, I have found a Mr Tony Babino, who
by all accounts is an excellent (and more pointedly current) Al Jolson
On his page, you will see some links so that you can hear him sing
"You Made Me Love you" and "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World".
He entertained at the 2001 International Al Jolson Society New York
Festival to rave review.
Al Jolson Society Festival
Mr Babino will also be appearing at the 2003 Al Jolson Festival aboard
the RMS Queen Mary: May 15-18 2003
Ship to Shore
However, on looking at the schedule for the event, It mentions him
being the guest only on the 16 May 2003. Therefore, If you were not
intending to enjoy the full event, be sure that you get a ticket for
the right day.
I would imagine that if you were interested in going you would be
ringing them for further details anyway but the schedule of the event
Schedule of Festival
I found this forum, where Jolson Fans, discuss Tony Babino in a very
favourable light, he does come out under Norman Brooks, but I have
heard Norman Brooks and can't see anyone but big Al himself beating
The subscribers to the forum rate Mr Babino very highly indeed as you
will see from reading the threads which also throw a few more names
into the hat for a fan like yourself.
"Al Jolson","Tribute Acts","Immortalizers","Al Jolson Festival"
I hope this helps and if you get a chance to go to the festival, I
hope you have a great time.