Tony Bennett: "I'm going into orchestration and learning about the mathematics of music." http://t.co/vdgNk1vlOB
— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) June 6, 2014
The Zen of Bennett, indeed.
Two very thoughtful interviews have come to our attention this week.
First is from our friends at JazzTimes Magazine, conducted by Roseanne Vitro. The introduction to this interview contains this statement that I believe 100%:
There are artists whose impact on the planet is incalculable. Tony Bennett is one of them.
You can read the article online at the JazzTimes website.
Second is from the archives at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation that were recorded in the late 1960s or early 1970s. We want to thank the great people at The Notes You Don’t Play blog for seeking out this interview and providing links to it. The Notes You Don’t Play site is devoted to interviews with jazz musicians … they are doing great work and deserve our support. Visit the The Notes You Don’t Play website to get the links to this wonderful interview.
I came across this wonderful interview on YouTube; Tony Bennett being interviewed by Malcolm Gerrie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It is a bit long, but I promise it’s worth your time.
I have incontrovertible proof (more or less) that Santa Claus loves Tony Bennett. How do I know this?
Earlier today I was reviewing the statistics for The Interactive Tony Bennett Discography and found this engaging visitor:
I’ve “smudged” Santa’s ISP and IP address to protect his privacy.
Then I was reminded of the story of the little girl who, in 1897, wrote the New York Sun to inquire of the editor if it was true what her friends had told her, that there was no Santa Claus. A Sun newsman named Francis Pharcellus Church wrote the now-famous column “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” You can read Virginia’s letter and the column at the Newseum website.
And, while we’re on the subject, once again The Year of Tony Bennett will help celebrate the Christmas season with another edition of The Twelve Days of a Tony Bennett Christmas. The statistics for both this blog and the discography show us that there is a lot of interest in Tony Bennett’s Christmas music and we are delighted to do this again. We’ll be kicking off our celebration on December 14.
The Wall Street Journal published a very lovely article, “Before the Music, Tony Bennett Painted,” about our favorite artist: Anthony Benedetto. This really is a must-read.
Click here for the article. There are also some wonderful photographs, including Bendetto’s just completed bust of Harry Belafonte.