“We aren’t likely to see a recording career like this again.” – The New York Times
“….his voice is still a technical marvel, and no one else on Earth can make a lyric written eight decades ago sound as natural as a conversation at a coffee shop.” – New York Magazine
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino proudly presents Tony Bennett, the 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades, on Friday, December 7, 2018 at The Special Events Center.
With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements includes nineteen Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true international treasure. Signature tunes like “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” form part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, Tony Bennett is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers. Tony Bennett’s daughter, Antonia Bennett has been touring with her father and will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards.
At the age of 91, Tony Bennett is not slowing down and his last recording, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 just won a Grammy Award for his son Dan Bennett who produced the album. Bennett also appeared on the 60th Anniversary Grammy Awards telecast where he presented an award with John Legend, who sang with Tony on the 2006 Tony Bennett: DUETS recording. This past November, the Library Of Congress presented Bennett with The Gershwin Prize marking the first time that an interpretive singer has been honored. The event was broadcast on PBS Nationally this January and featured tribute performances by Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Gloria Estefan and many others. His signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco, was inducted this year into the National Recordings Registry.
Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday in August of 2016 and the milestone was marked by the broadcast of Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet To Come, a two-hour prime time special that aired in December. A companion CD of the same name was released simultaneously. 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the singer’s signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” as well as the release of a new documentary film, The Zen Of Bennett, created and conceived by Tony’s son and manager Danny Bennett. In 2014, Tony Bennett released a collaborative album with Lady Gaga, Cheek To Cheek, which featured the two legendary artists performing jazz standards together. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album charts making Bennett the oldest musical artist, at the age of 88, to have an album top the Billboard 200, and the album won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Album. Tony Bennett is a Kennedy Center Honoree, an NEA Jazz Master and a recipient of the United Nation’s Humanitarian and Citizen of the World honors. Last fall also saw the release of Bennett’s fifth book, Just Getting Started, which he co-authored with journalist Scott Simon. Tony Bennett’s new collaborative album with Diana Krall, Love Is Here To Stay, celebrates the music of the Gershwins and will be released on September 14th.
Tony Bennett is also a talented painter. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world, and three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
Throughout his career, Tony Bennett has put his heart and time into supporting humanitarian concerns and joined with Dr. Martin Luther King in the historic Selma march in 1965. His many charitable works include raising millions of dollars for Diabetes research and lending his artwork to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Together with his wife, Susan, Tony Bennett established the charitable organization Exploring The Arts (ETA) to support arts education in public high schools. Tony founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a New York City public high school in his hometown of Astoria, Queens and ETA now supports 38 public high schools throughout New York City and Los Angeles.
Tickets for the 8pm Tony Bennett performance on Friday, December 7, 2018 are on sale now for $109, $89, $69 and $49 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via phone (800) 827-2946 or online at www.FantasySpringsResort.com.