Tony Bennett has died at the age of 96

Tony Bennett has died. The singer was 96 - Bennett’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to the Associated Press. Bennett's career lasted from the 1950s to the 2020s and he first scored a hit with 'Because of You'. He was still making chart …

Published: 21 Jul 2023. Updated: 10 months.

Tony Bennett has died. The singer was 96 - Bennett’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to the Associated Press. Bennett's career lasted from the 1950s to the 2020s and he first scored a hit with 'Because of You'. He was still making chart success with Lady Gaga before illness forced his retirement. In recent years Bennett suffered from the effects of Alzheimer's. Known too as a consummate jazz singer, noted particularly for classic albums made in the 1970s with Kind of Blue pianist Bill Evans, Bennett - born Anthony Dominick Benedetto - grew up in New York and as a young man liked Bing Crosby and Al Jolson. He worked as a singing waiter and during the Second World War served with the 63rd Infantry in France and Germany. At the end of the 40s Bob Hope spotted him singing in a Greenwich Village club under the name Joe Bari. Hope renamed him Tony Bennett and he toured widely with the celebrated comic.

Bennett's first UK number one was for 'Stranger In Paradise' but it was 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco' that became Bennett's ultimate signature song. His long career saw rejuvenation later in the MTV era and his MTV Unplugged duets with KD Lang and Elvis Costello brought him new audiences as did his later work with Amy Winehouse. In 2011, Body and Soul in collaboration with Winehouse made the Billboard Hot 100, making Bennett the oldest living artist to chart in its history. Bennett turned to jazz again working with Bill Charlap on a sublime Jerome Kern songbook and with Lady Gaga. Cheek to Cheek was a huge seller for Bennett and Gaga followed up by a Cole Porter tribute album.

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Brecker connection beckons

With Michael Brecker tribute band the incredible Charged Particles in the line-up - Live at the Baked Potato blew us away on release two years ago - Michael's brother the great trumpeter and flugel player Randy Brecker joins the band booked along …

Published: 21 Jul 2023. Updated: 10 months.

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With Michael Brecker tribute band the incredible Charged Particles in the line-up - Live at the Baked Potato blew us away on release two years ago - Michael's brother the great trumpeter and flugel player Randy Brecker joins the band booked along with some of the cream of the UK mainstream jazz and straightahead scene gathering in Scarborough in September for one of the best line-ups anywhere so far this year on the regional festival circuit.

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Ian Shaw, Tony Kofi, Clare Teal, Brandon Allen, Emma Rawicz, Ivo Neame, Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale, Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick (above) and more are in the strong line-up. Check out our current track of the week 'Detachment' from Freestone and Mick above. Scarborough dates are 22-24 September - click through for details.

Before the Scarborough date on the 23rd Charged Particles and Randy also play Merchants House, Glasgow on the 17th of September; Player Hall, Nottingham High School, DH Lawrence's old school, on the 18th; the Concorde, Eastleigh on the 19th; The Spin at Tap Social, Botley, near Oxford, on the 20th; Ronnie Scott's, London on the 21st; and Stoller Hall, Manchester the 22nd

Randy Brecker, top. Photo: press