The last crooner
He is 90 years old, but Tony Bennett keeps his energy on stage. The New Yorker, with a smile that shows his Italian heritage, is the last big crooner of the 20th century, with jazz ballads and a genuine voice, with universally known songs like “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1963) or “The Shadow of Your Smile” (1966).
Icon of the 50s and 60s, when he competed and collaborated with another of the kings of the genre, Frank Sinatra, Bennett had already sold a million singles in 1951, thanks to “Because of You”. Since then, his eclectic production has been growing and has led him to cross the ocean and to reach number ones also in the UK. His most successful years came with the recording of “Blue Velvet”, another of the songs that made him remain forever as a legend of popular music.
After years of less effervescence, he returned in the mid-80s with “The Art of Excellence” (1986), and became the godfather of a new wave of artists who recovered crooner’s style and big bands. Far from getting stuck in his glorious past, Bennett has attracted the attention of a new generation of fans, and has been collaborating over the years with different kind of artists: George Michael, Norah Jones, Andrea Bocelli or Alejandro Sanz, in his albums “Duets” (2006) and “Duets II” (2011), a trend that reached its peak with “Cheek to Cheek” (2014), an exquisite jazz album in collaboration with Lady Gaga.
Connected with today’s music, but as a testimony of an era of neon lights and tap dancing, the live show by Tony Bennett is an opportunity to remember an essential part of life’s soundtrack of every music lover.