Jul 12, 2013
11:25 AMArts & Entertainment
Leaving Your Heart in Danbury: Tony Bennett at Ives Concert Park
"You make me smile with my heart."
That's a line from the jazz classic "My Funny Valentine," and, perhaps, also what people feel when they listen to the living legend Tony Bennett. Ives Concert Park (@IvesConcertPark) just reminded us on Twitter that the man himself will be be performing at the Danbury venue tomorrow, July 13. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Reserved tickets are $86 and lawn tickets are $36.
Here's what Ives says about the concert on its website:
Tony Bennett is an artist who moves the hearts and touches the souls of audiences. He’s not just the singer’s singer but also an international treasure honored by the United Nations with its Citizen of the World award, which aptly describes the scope of his accomplishments.
The son of a grocer and Italian-born immigrant, Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926, in the Astoria section of Queens, New York. He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he nurtured his dual passions, singing and painting. His boyhood idols included Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, both big influences on Bennett’s easy, natural singing style. Tony sang while waiting tables as a teenager then performed with military bands throughout his overseas Army duty during World War II. After the war, the GI Bill enabled him to study vocal technique at the American Theatre Wing School. The first time he sang in a nightclub was 1946 when he sat in with trombonist Tyree Glenn at the Shangri-La in Astoria.
Tony’s big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village. As he 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. A new Americanized name, the start of a wonderful career and a glorious adventure that has continued for 60 years.”
So, whether or not you've ever left your heart in San Francisco, you may leave it in Danbury this weekend.Leaving Your Heart in Danbury: Tony Bennett at Ives Concert Park