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Tony Bennett at Birmingham Symphony Hall

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Tony Bennett Birmingham Symphony Hall Birmingham, UK July 3, 2017 The ghost of Frank Sinatra crackled over the PA, introducing Tony Bennett as “the greatest singer in the world." He was, The Voice declared, “gonna tear the place up"--a boast that seemed hardly credible as the dapper nonagenarian shuffled on stage for what was surely his adieu to Birmingham. But a boast that Bennett did his damndest to affirm in the following ...

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Tony Bennett Slays 'Em At Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo

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Tony Bennett and His Quartet Chenery Auditorium Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Kalamazoo, MI May 7, 2016 You could sense it. Here was an artist who was the last man standing from an era that covered anything and everyone, from Gershwin to Gaga. With an accent on George. Tony Bennett was appearing at the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. As for how a singer was headlining, that's another story. But what was ...

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Tony Bennett at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Tony Bennett NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY November 20, 2015 At 89-years of age, Tony Bennett has seen and done it all. He also is the owner of one of the most distinctive voices in all of music. In fact, it has been documented that Frank Sinatra said, “For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business. He excites me when I watch him. He moves me. He's ...

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Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

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Tony Bennett and pianist Bill Charlap explore the songbook of Jerome Kern on this new release from RPM/Columbia Records. A return to intimate small group jazz, the album marks a welcome reprieve for Bennett, whose work in recent years has been dominated by over-produced duets with an array of current pop superstars. Charlap's well thought out arrangements and sympathetic accompaniment allow Bennett the space he needs to truly take ownership of the material, which includes staples such as “All the ...

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The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

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So the story goes, Tony Bennett and Bill Evans first met each other at The White House back in 1962. President Kennedy was throwing a jazz party and the singer and pianist crossed paths backstage. Fast forward some thirteen years later and the pair would come together for the first of two albums to highlight their ways with a standard. Billed simply as The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and released by Fantasy Records back in 1975, the pair's debut has ...

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Bennett and Gaga at Kennedy Center: Dissection of an Era

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's duet project has captured headlines from its inception and for the most part the carefully constructed and deliberatively delivered juxtaposition of styles, age, and temperament has been showered with praise, including receiving a Grammy award. Not surprisingly, then, their final performance together held in the Kennedy Center's expansive concert hall was met with great expectations. Judging by audience reaction alone, the ensuing spectacle of thirty-plus songs, deft stagecraft, extravagant costumes, and ingenuously delivered sentiment struck ...

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Tony Bennett

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"Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business, the best exponent of a song," Frank Sinatra once said. “He's the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind, and probably a little more. There's a feeling in back of it." Tony Bennett began his career as a singing waiter in his Queens, NY neighborhood. He served in WWII as part of “the greatest generation" and returned home to his music. Two enduring career hallmarks--his inexhaustible ...

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Classic Christmas

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Time-honored classics for the most wonderful time of the year. Lights and snow not included. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town2:38Tony BennettSnowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album2A Holly Jolly Christmas2:14Burl IvesClassic Christmas3Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter3:50Bing Crosby with Sonny Burke's OrchestraClassic Christmas4Winter Wonderland2:16Ella FitzgeraldElla Wishes You A Swinging Christmas5Baby, It's Cold Outside2:20Dinah Shore & Buddy ClarkClassic Christmas6Sleigh Ride3:20Tex Beneke & Yhe Glenn Miller OrchestraClassic Christmas7Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season2:39Andy WilliamsThe Andy Williams Christmas Album8White Christmas2:30Dean MartinMy Kind of ...

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Live From Birmingham: The Pedigree Jazz Band, Tony Bennett, The Fat Chops Big Band

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The Pedigree Jazz Band Solihull British Legion September 7, 2014 It's a curious sensation when tributes are paid to revivals of revivals. Down the decades since the original jazz repertoire was established in the 1920s, '30s, and even earlier, there have been a multitude of responses, counter-responses, exhumations and celebrations. The Pedigree Jazz Band is currently presenting A Tribute to Trad Jazz, a show that's culled from their two albums of the same ...

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Tony Bennett: On Tour at 85

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Last weekend my myriad travels took me to Pittsburgh, where I was able to visit Heinz Hall to watch Tony Bennett defy nature and astound a packed house with his latest concert wizardry. Heinz Hall sits in the middle of a revitalized downtown Pittsburgh and has been wondrously restored, with gold-leafed columns, plush red carpeting and chic dining facilities. Years ago, Lena Horne insisted that Bennett include the venerable venue on his tours to experience its amazing acoustics. This time ...

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Tony Bennett: Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2011

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Tony BennettAcademy of MusicPhiladelphia, PANovember 4, 2011 Tony Bennett plugged his upcoming appearance on Lady Gaga's Thanksgiving Special in the middle of singing “The Good Life," to the packed house at the Academy of Music, who may or may not know that she's the biggest act around; but, to this crowd, at age 85, Bennett was the hottest ticket in town. The love for him just gushed through the concert hall and Bennett gave ...

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Tony Bennett / Bill Evans: The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

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In the mid-1970s, when singer Tony Bennett got together with pianist Bill Evans to record The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album (Concord, 1975) and Together Again (Concord, 1976), Bennett was considered terminally uncool by most jazz fans under 30, and rock fans of any age. Despite a few earlier outings in jazz contexts, including an album recorded with Count Basie's orchestra, Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (Roulette, 1959) he was primarily regarded as an MOR or standards singer, defined in the public ...


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