The golden voice of Tony Bennett will be heard in the Castle Theater again this week, as this legendary singer returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) for one evening only on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Bennett has been a mainstay in the music business for decades, transcending time and genre to leave his mark in the world of pop, jazz and rock continually reinventing himself and delighting fans anew. He is one of a handful of artists to have works on the charts in all decades from the 1950's through the 2010's, contributing a multitude to the great American songbook.
Bennett has sold over 50 million records worldwide and won 17 Grammy Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 2001, as well as two Emmy Awards. (His signature song, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," has won the Grammy twice!) He has been named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. According to The New York Times, part of the Bennett magic is "his ability to convey a sense of joy, of utter satisfaction, in what he is doing."
Don’t miss this chance to experience a bit of American music history!
Known as a "singer's singer," none other than Frank Sinatra has stated that "Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business."
His biography tells us that Bennett sang while waiting on tables as a teenager, then enlisted in the Army during World War II and performed with military bands in Europe. After the war, he started working in nightclubs. His big break came in 1949, when comedian Bob Hope noticed him singing with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village.
As Bennett recalls, "Bob Hope came down to check out my act. He liked my singing so much, that after the show, he came back to see me in my dressing room and said, 'Come on kid, you're going to come to the Paramount and sing with me.' But first he told me he didn't care for my stage name (Joe Bari) and asked me what my real name was. I told him, 'My name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto,' and he said, 'We'll call you Tony Bennett.' And that's how it happened: new Americanized name--the start of a wonderful career and a glorious adventure that has continued for over 60 years."
Don't miss this chance to experience a bit of American music history! Tickets are $55 to $150, still available at The MACC Box Office. Call 242-SHOW (7469) Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or purchase tickets online at MauiArts.org.