Tony Bennett | 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 S'Wonderful.

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 Cabaret Maybe This Time
  • Speak Low
  • 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 for him.
  • 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.
  • Steppin' Out
  • A beautifully romantic rendition of The Way You Look Tonight accompanied by just Greg on guitar
  • But Beautiful
  • Because of You
  • I Wanna Be Around
  • Stranger in Paradise
  • Just in Time
  • Smile
  • When You're Smiling
  • The Good Life, which he jokingly dedicated to Lady Gaga
  • 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
  • My Hometown
  • 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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