At the age of 92, Tony Bennett is not slowing down. His latest recording, with long-time friend and musical colleague Diana Krall, Love Is Here to Stay, topped the jazz charts upon its debut and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
The album celebrates the music of the Gershwins and includes the jazz standard “Fascinating Rhythm,” which Bennett and Krall perform as a duet. The inclusion of the song on the new album was the impetus for a Guinness World Record title for Tony Bennett, who in 1949, under his stage name of Joe Bari at the time, made his very first recording of the Gershwin standard.
In 2017, the Library Of Congress presented Bennett with The Gershwin Prize, marking the first time that an interpretive singer has been honored in this fashion. The event was broadcast on PBS nationally and featured tribute performances by Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Gloria Estefan and many others.
His signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco, was inducted this year in the National Recordings Registry. Bennett’s sixth book, Tony Bennett: On Stage and In the Studio, was recently published. It provides an insightful look into Tony’s illustrious recording career, highlighted by an extensive array of photographs, memorabilia, and artwork.
With worldwide record sales in the millions and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over sixty years, features nineteen Grammy Awards including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true international treasure.
His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”, form part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, Tony Bennett is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.
Tony Bennett’s daughter Antonia Bennett has been touring with her father and will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards. Antonia Bennett is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Tickets are on sale as of February 15.