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Tony Bennett | The Ultimate American Songbook

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Date(s) - 05/23/2013
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Davies Symphony Hall


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“Mr. Bennett has steadfastly remained the embodiment of heart in popular music. ” — The New York Times

“The epitome of cool, Tony Bennett is second only to Frank Sinatra as an interpreter of classic jazz-inflected American song. ” — Rolling Stone

Tony Bennett – vocals
Gray Sargent – guitar
Lee Musiker – piano, musical director
Marshall Wood – bass
Harold Jones – drums

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously quipped that there are no second acts in American life, but he didn’t count on Tony Bennett. In a twist worthy of one of the Jazz Age writer’s masterly short stories, it’s the music from Fitzgerald’s own era that has sustained and fueled Bennett’s resurgence as a major force in American music. The consummate interpreter of standards, Bennett built his career on the bedrock of the American Songbook. Time has lent his voice a husky, burnished quality that adds a tinge of rue to his deep-seated optimism; an ebullient sense of swing that has earned him a staggering 17 Grammy Awards and the supreme honor of being named an NEA Jazz Master in 2006. At a time when most of his pop star peers had long since faded from the scene, his appearance on MTV’s “Unplugged” series (and the resulting 1994 album) brought Bennett to the attention of a new generation. A priceless treasure whose expressive power is undimmed at 85, he has recorded some of his best work in recent years, including a series of duets sessions featuring everyone from Paul McCartney and James Taylor to Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin and Norah Jones. Bennett was recently the subject of a celebrated documentary film, The Zen of Bennett, and his newest release, Viva Duets, features collaborations with Latin singing stars including Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Miguel Bosé and Maria Gadú.


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