| Norton Center, Danville, KY | October 4, 2010
Ninety magnificent, exhilarating minutes of an original singing songs
from the Great American Songbook.
Tony's daughter, Antonia Bennett opened the show with Too Marvelous for Words
backed by a quartet of Lee Musiker on piano, Gray Sargent on guitar,
Marshall Wood on bass, and Harold Jones (Basie's favorite) on drums.
Antonia then gave a wonderful jazzy/bluesy reading of Noel Coward's Sail Away
which was followed by You're A Lucky Guy which she dedicated
to her inspirational dad. She closed out her set with Gershwin's
Coming on to the stage to a standing ovation, Tony had the audience
in the palm of his hands from his first note. His energy, control,
voice and his phrasing were nothing short of phenomenal. The packed
house could not have been more appreciative of the rare gift
this "original" was bestowing on them. It was obvious
that Tony was moved by their response.
The evening's songs included:
Watch What Happens
They All Laughed
Liza Minnelli's song from CabaretMaybe This Time
Gershwin's I Got Rhythm
He talked a little about how Rosemary Clooney and he got
their start together and were the first "American Idols"
and how Mitch Miller orchestrated their recording of hit songs.
In spite of Tony's reluctance to record Hank Williams' Cold
Cold Heart because he felt as a New Yorker he wouldn't know
how to do a "country" song - it became a huge hit
Sing You Sinners
Tony invited Antonia back to the stage to do a duet of Sondheim's
Old Friends - they did a little soft shoe and dance
- and the audience just ate it up.
A beautifully romantic rendition of The Way You Look
Tonight accompanied by just Greg on guitar
Because of You
I Wanna Be Around
Stranger in Paradise
Just in Time
When You're Smiling
The Good Life, which he jokingly dedicated to Lady
For Once in My Life
The Shadow of Your Smile
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
The Best is Yet to Come
Harry Warren's The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Gershwin's timeless Who Cares
And as he does in each performance, he put the microphone
down, and accompanied by just the guitar, he sang a movingly
intimate version of Fly Me to The Moon
After briefly talking about his friend Frank Sinatra, he
closed the show with How Do You Keep the Music Playing
Check out Tony's tour
schedule, and do everything you can to catch one of his shows.
If you are a fan of Rosemary's and her music - you will thoroughly
enjoy an evening with Tony!!
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