NEW BRUNSWICK — State Theatre New Jersey presents Tony Bennett, the 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans more than six decades.
He will perform on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. for his "I Left My Heart" tour. Tickets range from $65-$150. Opening for Bennett is singer Antonia Bennett, his daughter. She will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards.
Bennett, 93, is not slowing down and his latest recording, with long-time friend and musical colleague, Diana Krall, "Love is Here to Stay" topped the jazz charts upon its debut and was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award. The album celebrates the music of the Gershwins and includes the jazz standard, “Fascinating Rhythm,” which Bennett and Krall perform as a duet.
The inclusion of the song on the new album was the impetus for a Guinness World Record title for Bennett, who in 1949, under his stage name of Joe Bari at the time, made his very first recording of the Gershwin standard.
With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, 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, spanning more than 60 years, includes 19 Grammy's, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true international treasure.
His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” form part of the fabric of American music culture.
In 2017, 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 and featured tribute performances by Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Gloria Estefan, and many others.
His signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” was inducted into the National Recordings Registry in 2018. Bennett’s sixth book, "Tony Bennett: On Stage and in the Studio," was recently published and provides an insightful look into his illustrious recording career highlighted by an extensive array of photographs, memorabilia, and artwork.