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Tony Bennett          

Interpretive Singer, Painter & Humanitarian

To listening audiences he brings the story of his life as an artist and entertainer, from 1940s crooner and 1950s jazz singer to surprise darling of the MTV generation.

Along the way Tony regales audiences with anecdotes from his early life in Astoria, New York, where he started out as a singing waiter; his experiences in World War II (where he helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp); his wild pop and jazz successes in the 1940s and 1950s; and his incredible comeback from artistic disappointment in the 1960s and 1970s, culminating with several Grammys in the past two decades. As The New York Times wrote of Tony’s appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1995, “Tony Bennett has not just bridged the generation gap, he has demolished it. He has solidly connected with a younger crowd weaned on rock. And there have been no compromises.”

In addition to countless honors for his singing, including a 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Tony is a highly regarded painter whose works are on permanent display at distinguished galleries nationwide. He is also a dedicated philanthropist and humanitarian who has raised millions of dollars for the National Cancer Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, which established a research fund in his name performed at fundraisers for the Walden Woods Foundation and the Save the Rainforest Foundation; and been honored by the Martin Luther King Center for his efforts to fight discrimination. In September 2001 he spearheaded the establishment of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a New York City public high school offering one of the most extensive arts programs in the country.

A genuine American legend, Tony is an engaging stage presence whether speaking about his creative life, his philanthropic concerns, or the history of American song.

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Ballads and Brushstrokes: My Creative Life


Tony Benefit: The Art of Philanthropy


The Great American Songbook

An Evening with Tony Bennett


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The veteran showman thrills with his classics and proves that at 87, he's still the best belter out there.

Tony Bennett Awarded George Washington University President's Medal

Accomplished painter, singer and humanitarian Tony Bennett and his wife, arts advocate Susan Benedetto, have been awarded the George Washington University President’s Medal, the highest honor the university president can bestow.

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On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, New Order earns its highest charting album since 1993, Tony Bennett collects his 45th entry, Shawn Colvin returns, ...

More Stars Announced To Honor Tony Bennett At Power Of Love Gala

Keep Memory Alive's 20th annual Power of Love gala continues to grow as musical icons from all genres join the celebration of legendary performer and 18-time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett's 90th birthday on Saturday, May 21, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

San Francisco To Honor Tony Bennett

In recognition of internationally renowned singer, painter and civic leader Tony Bennett's contributions to San Francisco, the City will honor him with several tributes celebrating his 90th birthday...

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