F. Scott Fitzgerald famously quipped that there are no second acts in American life, but he didn’t count on Tony Bennett. In a twist worthy of one of the Jazz Age writer’s masterly short stories, it’s the music from Fitzgerald’s own era that has sustained and fueled Bennett’s resurgence as a major force in American music. The consummate interpreter of standards, Bennett built his career on the bedrock of the American Songbook. Time has lent his voice a husky, burnished quality that adds a tinge of rue to his deep-seated optimism; an ebullient sense of swing that has earned him a staggering 15 Grammy Awards and the supreme honor of being named an NEA Jazz Master in 2006. At a time when most of his pop star peers had long since faded from the scene, his appearance on MTV’s “Unplugged” series (and the resulting 1994 album) brought Bennett to the attention of a new generation. A priceless treasure whose expressive power is undimmed at 84, he has recorded some of his best work in recent years, including a duets session featuring everyone from Paul McCartney and James Taylor to Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder and k.d. lang. If there is one concert not to miss, this is surely it.
Tony Bennett vocals
Lee Musiker piano, music director
Gray Sargent guitar
Marshall Wood bass
Harold Jones drums