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Beauty, Love and Justice: Living A Coltranian Life

Tony Bennett: A Hero's Journey in Authenticity

Read "Tony Bennett: A Hero's Journey in Authenticity" reviewed by Christine Passarella


The Bennett Effect Jazz singer Tony Bennett always looms large in my mind because of the elegant way he artistically embraces humanity. Awareness of Tony Bennett came my way when his music greeted me as a child, especially on Sunday during Italian American family dinners. With the delicious sauce covered ravioli and crisp Italian bread, we also had the vital ingredient of great music. The voices of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Louis Armstrong, and Peggy Lee flowed throughout the ...

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Live Review

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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Live Review

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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Live Review

Tony Bennett at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Tony Bennett at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


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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Album Review

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

Read "The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern" reviewed by James Doherty


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 Vinyl Post

The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

Read "The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


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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Live Review

Bennett and Gaga at Kennedy Center: Dissection of an Era

Read "Bennett and Gaga at Kennedy Center: Dissection of an Era" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


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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