Tony Bennett, who celebrated his 90th birthday on August 3, 2016, is one of only a handful of artists to have new albums charting in each of the last seven decades. He has introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards, and has received 19 Grammy Awards, including for his signature song, “ I Left My Heart In San Francisco.”
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Location: Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC
Date/Time: August 22, 2017 at 7:30pm
Born in Queens in 1926, as a ten-year-old Mr. Bennett sang for New York MayorFiorello LaGuardia at the opening of theTriborough Bridge. Enlisting in the Army during World War II, he performed with military bands while stationed in Europe. His big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village. In the new millennium, Mr. Bennett’s artistry and popularity has been higher than ever. In 2006, he released Duets: An American Classic. In 2011, Duets II debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album charts. His collaborative jazz album with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek, released in 2014, debuted at #1 making him, at the age of 88, the oldest artist to have a #1 album. To celebrate his 90th birthday in 2016, NBC aired a two hour prime-time special, “ Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come,” and Columbia released a companion CD. The milestone year also saw the publication of Bennett’s fifth book, “ Just Getting Started.”
Mr. Bennett is a Kennedy Center Honoree and an NEA Jazz Master and was named a “ Citizen of the World” by the United Nations. An accomplished painter, he has threeworks in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution and has authored four books. Driven by social justice and humanitarian concerns, Mr. Bennett accompanied Martin Luther King, Jr. on the historic march from Selma toMontgomery, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta bestowed upon him their “Salute to Greatness Award” for his efforts in fighting racial discrimination. He also received the 2004 Arts Legacy Award from Americans for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which celebrated his commitment to art and community.In 1999, Mr. Bennett, along with his wife Susan Benedetto, a former public school teacher, founded Exploring the Arts (ETA) to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA’s first endeavor was the establishment of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a public high school founded in 2001 in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. ETA currently partners with a network of 33 public high schools—27 in all five boroughs of New York City and 6 schools in East and South Central Los Angeles.
$1 per ticket goes to “Exploring the Arts, Inc.: 501(c) non-profit