This photograph from the August, 1962 concert shows (from left to right) Joe Morello (drums), Eugene Wright (bass). Dave Brubeck (piano) and Tony Bennett.
The Year of Tony Bennett mourns the passing of noted record producer and sound engineer Phil Ramone. Mr. Ramone died today, March 30, 2013, at the age of 72.
Phil Ramone worked with great performers from the jazz and popular music worlds, including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Stresiand and many more.
A musician himself, who was trained at Julliard, Ramone was noted for his ability to communicate musically with artists and creating environments that supported the musicians.
His work with Tony Bennett includes Playin’ With My Friends (2001), The Art of Romance (2004), Duets (2006), Duets II (2011) and Viva Duets (2012). He appeared in his role as producer of Duets II in the recent documentary film The Zen of Bennett.
We extend our condolences to his wife Karen and his sons Matthew, William and Simon.
The New York Times obituary may be read here.
The Year of Tony Bennett wishes Lady Gaga a fantastic birthday. We hope she’s recovering well from her surgery and wish her the very best. We can hardly wait for her album with Tony and know it’s going to be a huge hit for them both.
To put us all in a great mood, here’s the video of The Lady is a Tramp. We note that this video has had well over 10 million views on YouTube. And for good reason.
The Year of Tony Bennett wishes Marian McPartland a very happy 95th birthday.
Her Piano Jazz program on NPR has nurtured and created an entire generation of jazz fans, including this author. And her outstanding gifts as a jazz pianist are, thankfully, available to us to enjoy over and over, even those of us who were never able to hear her at the Hickory House.
Here’s a number from Tony Bennett’s Live with the McPartlands and Friends from 1977 on Tony’s Improv label.
The Year of Tony Bennett is proud to honor the great Harold Arlen all next week, beginning with the song of the day for Sunday, February 10, 2013.
Harold Arlen was born on February 15, 1905 in Buffalo, New York. For detailed information about Harold Arlen and his career in film and on Broadway, we refer you to the The Official Harold Arlen Website, a wonderful website run by Arlen’s son Samuel.
For the next seven days, we will be featuring songs written by Harold Arlen as sung by Tony Bennett. This page from The Official Harold Arlen Website lists all of Tony Bennett’s recordings of Harold Arlen songs.