Jimmy Borges – “Keeper of the Flame”

Jimmy Borges is listed by Honolulu Advertiser columnist Wayne Harada as one of the fifty islanders who’ve “left an entertainment imprint and made a difference since Hawaii became a state.” Picking up on that “imprint” and “difference,” Sharrott Road Productions, LLC, is documenting the life and career of Hawaii’s beloved singer of “The Great American Songbook.” Jimmy’s talents impressed the great Frank Sinatra to the point where “Ole Blue Eyes” allowed Jimmy free access to the classic Sinatra arrangements. He is the only person to receive such an honor.

The hour-long video focuses on Jimmy’s illustrious five-decades of interpreting the works of America’s most heralded songwriters. He never gives a performance without including the works of modern masters such as the Gershwins, Porter, Kern, Rogers and Hart, Ellington or Berlin — hence, the “Keeper of the Flame” title.  Jimmy is vitally interested in passing this torch on to the younger generation of singers and musicians.

Then there’s Jimmy’s other career: acting. Thanks to numerous — and very different — roles in television series such as “Jake and the Fat Man,” “Magnum P.I.” and of course the original “Hawaii Five-O,” his face is familiar to viewers around the globe. The late James MacArthur, who played Danno in the series, addresses Jimmy’s varied characters this way” “I never knew if he was a good guy or bad guy. I didn’t know whether to hug him or handcuff him.”

All this is in “Jimmy Borges –“Keeper of the Flame.”