With his unique, pitch-perfect voice still going strong after more than seven decades in the business, Tony Bennett is in a class by himself. He's the winner of 17 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Award and 7 Emmy Awards for his 2007 prime-time special, Tony Bennett: An American Classic.
Bennett delights his fans, both young and old, around the globe with timeless classics such as "Because of You," "Rags to Riches," and his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."
He'll be performing at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on Sunday, August 31st at 2:30pm.
In 1955, Johnny Mathis landed a job singing weekends at Ann Dee's 440 Club. George Avakian, then head of Jazz A&R at Columbia, came to the club, heard Mathis sing and sent the now famous telegram to his record company: "Have found phenomenal 19-year-old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts." Mathis made his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1957, launching his career as a recording star and national celebrity.
Legendary crooner, Johnny "The Velvet Voice" Mathis, will perform at The Palace in Albany, New York tomorrow night at 8pm and in this interview we speak with him about his start, the support of people like Ella Fitzgerald, and how he feels about the term "crooner."
John Pizzarelli, the son of jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, is a connoisseur of American song who grew up among the legends of jazz. His absorbing, upbeat, and down to earth new memoir, World on a String perfectly captures John's warm and funny tone as he tells the story of a musical life well lived.