Bennett’s Latest CD Features Duets with Top Latin Recording Artists Including Marc Anthony, Roberto Carlos, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernandez, Juan Luis Guerra, Romeo Santos, Thalia and Many Others
Tony Bennett Celebrates his 86th Birthday on Friday, August 3rd
NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Legendary performer and 17-Time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett, who celebrates his 86th birthday on Friday, August 3rd, releases his latest CD, TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS, worldwide on Tuesday, October 23rd on Columbia Records. VIVA DUETS, is the singer’s third duets-themed project, following the platinum selling and critically praised DUETS and DUETS II CDs. Featuring many top names in the Latin recording industry, VIVA DUETS finds Bennett performing his greatest hits with a celebrated roster of artists including Marc Anthony, Miguel Bose, Robert Carlos, Ana Carolina, Chayanne, Franco DeVita, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernandez, Maria Gadu, Juan Luis Guerra, Dani Martin, Romeo Santos, Thalia and Vicentico, with additional duet guests to be announced. A truly international endeavor, VIVA DUETS, features performances in English, Spanish and Portuguese with artists representing eight countries and three continents. TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS can be ordered for pre-sale on Amazon now at http://amzn.to/OptuTc. In celebration of Tony’s 86th birthday on August 3rd, he is sending a gift to all his fans by premiering the first audio clip from Viva Duets featuring a performance with Chayanne of his classic hit, “The Best is Yet To Come.” Visit tonybennett.com tomorrow morning at 9 am to hear the duet!
Tony Bennett is known for recording duets live and VIVA DUETS was no exception, with sessions recorded in Ft. Lauderdale, New York, and in the case of famed Mexican performer Vicente Fernandez, on his 400 acre ranch in Guadalajara. All of the tracks are from Bennett’s extensive hit catalog, with the exception of the duet with Vicente Fernandez, which features an English/Spanish version of the song, “Return To Me,” originally recorded by Dean Martin. VIVA DUETS presents Bennett’s classic songs with an international flavor that will generate widespread appeal for this unique multi-lingual presentation. Working with this unprecedented list of Latin artist, many of whom he met for the first time in the recording studio, Bennett commented, “Each of these artists were so warm and welcoming that there was an instant rapport. Latin music has always been about melody and harmony and a lot of soul, so there was a very close artistic connection with each duet guest. I am absolutely thrilled about the record.”
Tony’s first two duet projects, DUETS and DUETS II, both achieved platinum sales, multiple GRAMMY awards and were the best selling albums in his career to date. Bennett made music industry history when DUETS II entered Billboard’s Top 200 at the #1 position, making him the oldest artist, at the age of 85, to have a CD in the top spot. The DUETS project also had international acclaim, hitting the top of the charts in several countries including Portugal and Mexico.
The current track listing for TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS is as follows:
“For Once In My Life” with Marc Anthony
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” with Miguel Bose
“The Very Thought of You” with Ana Carolina
“The Best Is Yet to Come” with Chayanne
“The Good Life” with Franco DeVita
“Who Can I Turn To?” with Gloria Estefan
“Return to Me (Regresa A Mi)” with Vicente Fernandez
“Blue Velvet” with Maria Gadu
“Just in Time” with Juan Luis Guerra
“Are You Havin’ Any Fun?” with Dani Martin
“The Way You Look Tonight” with Thalia
“Cold, Cold Heart” with Vicentico
(Song selections for Roberto Carlos and Romeo Santos TBD)
ABOUT TONY BENNETT:
Just days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy, the great-grandparents of the singer Tony Bennett took a major leap of faith and embarked on steamship, along with hundreds of other Italian immigrants of limited means, seeking a better life in America. Little did they know that their great-grandson would make the American Dream come to life as an Italian-American born in New York City during The Great Depression, to become one of the most legendary singers of popular song in the world…..TONY BENNETT.
No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. The essence of his longevity and high artistic achievement was imbued in him in his loving childhood home in the Astoria section of Queens where he was born on August 3, 1926 under his given name, Anthony Domenick Benedetto. His father died when Tony was 10 and his mother, Anna, raised Tony and his older brother and sister, John and Mary, in a home surrounded by loving relatives who were Tony’s first fans filling him with encouragement and optimism. Each Sunday, his family would gather in a circle while Tony and his siblings performed for them. ”Although these were very tough times for everyone, our family connection was so strong and positive that I felt very lucky and it was during those Sundays of my childhood that I knew being a performer was what I was meant to do with my life.” He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he continued nurturing his two passions, singing and painting, but at the age of 16 he had to leave school to find a job to assist his widowed mother, who worked as a seamstress, with meeting their expenses. As Tony recalls, “It was a regret that I was not able to finish my formal education, so ever since then, every day, I am still studying and learning things, and I am always reading books. Even today as I approach 86 years of age, I am still learning more and more — I am what I call a perpetual student. My education really was the “school of life.”
As a teenager Tony sang while waiting on tables and then enlisted in the Army during World War II and while in Europe he performed with military bands. He later had vocal studies at the American Theatre Wing School. The first time Bennett sang in a nightclub was in 1946 when he sat in with trombonist Tyree Glenn at the Shangri-La in Astoria. Bennett’s big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village in New York City. As Bennett 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 over 60 years.”
With millions of records sold world-wide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received seventeen Grammy Awards — including a 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year for his “MTV Unplugged” CD which introduced this American master to a whole new generation — and the Grammy Lifetime Award. His 2007 prime-time special, “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” won seven Emmy Awards. His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950′s, including such chart-toppers as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches,” and a remake of Hank Williams “Cold, Cold Heart.” He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Good Life,” “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” and his signature song,” I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” recorded 50 years ago this coming January 2012. This song garnered him two Grammy Awards. Tony Bennett is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, and now in the first two decades of the 21st century. He has introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards for pop music. He has toured the world to sold out audiences with rave reviews whenever he performs.
Tony Bennett is a dedicated painter whose interest in art began as a child. He continues to paint every day, even as he tours internationally. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world. The United Nations has commissioned him for two paintings, including one for their 50th anniversary. His original painting, “Homage to Hockney,” is on permanent display at the Butler Institute of American Art and the landmark National Arts Club in New York is home to Tony’s painting “Boy on Sailboat, Sydney Bay.” Three of his paintings are part of the Smithsonian Museums permanent collections including his portrait of his friend Duke Ellington that became part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection in 2009.
Throughout his career, Tony Bennett has always put his heart and time into humanitarian concerns. He has raised millions of dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, which established a research fund in his name. His original paintings each year grace the cover of the American Cancer Society’s annual holiday greeting card, proceeds from which are earmarked for cancer research. He is active in environmental concerns and social justice. He marched with Dr. King in the historical Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights movement and the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta bestowed upon him their “Salute to Greatness Award” for his efforts in fighting racial discrimination. Bennett founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2001 and in 2009 a state-of-the-art permanent facility was built in his hometown of Astoria, Queens. With his wife, Susan Benedetto, he established Exploring the Arts, a non-profit organization that supports arts education in NYC public schools. By the fall of 2011, Exploring the Arts will be partnering with 14 public high schools in every borough of New York City to enhance and foster the arts.
SOURCE RPM/Columbia Records
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Columbia Records Celebrates 125 Years Of Great American Music With 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story
Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY-nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound illustrates sweeping cultural and business changes in music over more than a century
Special deluxe version includes book by celebrated journalist Dave Marsh highlighting his selection of the 263 most important songs in Columbia’s history along with a drive including all tracks
NEW YORK, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia Records will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the release of a book titled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story on the great American record label and its role in initiating recorded music, cultivating great artists, and igniting cultural change. Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, the book provides a journey through Columbia Records’ storied past and its contributions to entertainment from the invention of commercial recording through the present day.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, published by Chronicle Books, will be released on October 30 th. It begins in the late 1880′s, when Columbia, under the leadership of Edward Easton, seized upon the phonographic inventions of Thomas Edison and others to offer the public the first commercial musical recordings. The book goes on the explore the rich stories of how Columbia’s artists and producers have redefined American music and performance over the past 125 years, at once reflecting and shaping changes in the wider culture.
Simultaneously, Columbia Records will release a deluxe package, which will include, in addition to a hard cover copy of the Wilentz book, a separate book, written by Dave Marsh, entitled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story: Legends and Legacy. Marsh has culled from Columbia’s vaults a collection of 263 songs and tracks of the greatest historical, as well as musical, significance, and his book offers his thoughts on each selection. The package also includes a beautifully crafted drive with all 263 recordings.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will also be available as an e-book through multiple platforms.
Columbia’s list of major performers, past and present, is unsurpassed and includes much of the most important, and beloved music in all genres, including pop, rock, country, show tunes, classical, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues. Artists recorded by Columbia and its subsidiaries have included Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Adele, Billy Joel, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robert Johnson, Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, LL Cool J, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack White, and more.
360 Sound includes 300 rare and intimate photographs from the Columbia archives and sidebar discussions of crucial developments and performers written by eminent music historians Dave Marsh and Colin Escott. The book offers a virtual history of the music industry from its infancy, tracing Columbia’s pivotal technological as well as business innovations, not least its invention of the LP. It also reflects on the connection between Columbia’s artists and music and sweeping cultural and political changes, from the emergence of mass commercial culture to the rise of the civil rights movement and beyond.
The release of 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will be celebrated with a launch event in New York on Oct. 30 th. Additionally there will be a retrospective exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. An event is set for November 7 th at the Museum on opening day.
360 Sound author Sean Wilentz is one of the nation’s most prominent historians. His books and commentary on music, politics, and the arts have received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and his writing on music has been nominated for a Grammy Award. He is currently the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University.
Dave Marsh has written more than 20 books on rock and popular music. He has written extensively for publications including Rolling Stone and Playboy. Since 2004, he has hosted a two hour weekly show on XM/Sirius Radio.
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American gospel and soul singer Al Green is coming to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, on September 19, 2012.
Durham, NC (PRWEB) June 18, 2012
American gospel and soul singer Al Green is coming to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, on September 19, 2012.
Tickets go on sale to the public beginning June 29 at 10am:
- Online at DPACnc.com
- DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
- Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000
- Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart
Friends of DPAC members may place their orders on June 27. Joining the Friends of DPAC is free, and you can register at http://www.DPACnc.com/friendofdpac.
“Our stage has hosted musical legends since we opened, and we’re keeping our track record strong with an appearance by Al Green. DPAC audiences will be treated to excellent sightlines and perfect acoustics for this R&B superstar, and the memories he’ll evoke will last a lifetime,” said Bob Klaus, GM for DPAC.
The Reverend Al Green is known the world over for his extraordinary voice and legendary hits that include “Let’s Stay Together”, “I’m Still in Love with You”, “Tired of Being Alone”, and “Take Me To The River”. In 2005, Rolling Stone magazine named him #65 on their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Green has sold more than 20 million records, has earned 11 GRAMMY Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Green’s latest release Lay It Down was conceived as a collaboration between the soul legend and a handful of gifted young admirers from the worlds of contemporary R&B and hip hop. The album is drawn from a series of inspired sessions that yielded the most high-spirited, funky and often lushly romantic songs of Green’s latter-day career. The album is a refreshingly old school jam, with everyone laying down the music together, face to face, heart to heart, soul to soul.
The project features the sophisticated R&B voices of singer-songwriters John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae, and was co-produced with Green by two of hip-hop’s most innovative players, drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots and keyboardist James Poyser, the go-to guy for high-profile artists ranging from Erykah Badu to Common. Add in Brooklyn’s celebrated Dap-King Horns (Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse), guitarist Chalmers “Spanky” Alford (Mighty Clouds of Joy, Joss Stone) and bassist Adam Blackstone (Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff), among others, and you’ve got a modern soul-music dream team, fronted by the most expressive voice in the business.
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WIN OPPORTUNITY TO RECORD ON RITENOUR’S FORTHCOMING RHYTHM SESSIONS ALBUM ON CONCORD RECORDS AND MORE!
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LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Due to overwhelming requests, Lee Ritenour has extended the deadline to enter the 6 String Theory Global Music Competition to May 10th. This extension applies to both The Inaugural Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin Rhythm Section Competition and 3rd Annual Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition.
The Rhythm Section Competition will award three winners, one winner each for their respective instrument of piano, bass and drums, the opportunity to record a track with Ritenour on his forthcoming album RHYTHM SESSIONS , scheduled for an autumn release on Concord Records. Winners will join the likes of special guest artists on the album, including: Oscar and Grammy Award winning musician/composer/producer Dave Grusin, (head of the advisory board of the Rhythm Section Competition), George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Zamajobe, Nathan East, Will Kennedy, Dave Weckl, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Larry Goldings, and more.
Announced earlier this year, the Rhythm Section Competition marks an expansion of the Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition, which is in partnership with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation and the National Guitar Workshop. Ritenour founded the competition three years ago, in conjunction with the release of his hit all-star recording SIX STRING THEORY . The album culminated in being named “Best Album of the Year” by Guitar International, Publisher’s Album of the Year by Jazziz Magazine and Ritenour receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player. Guitar winners to date are Canada’s Shon Boublil (2010), who made his recording debut on the 6 String Theory album and Ireland’s David Murray (2011), both representing the global reach of the competition, which has garnered applicants from over 45 countries.
Guitar Entries are accepted in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic, Classical/Flamenco or Country. Rhythm Section Entries in the genres of Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Blues or Contemporary.
Prizes for the Guitar Competition include a Berklee College of Music Scholarship, a weeklong stay at the four-star Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, MT for a party of two ($8,000 value), a potential Concord Records recording contract, 36 National Guitar Workshop scholarships, 6 Crown of the Continent Scholarships, Cash, Yamaha Guitars & endorsements as well as prizes from Monster, D’Addario Strings, and others. There is a special cash prize of $2,500 awarded to the Classical Guitar Finalist (courtesy of sponsor James Stroud), as well as $500 cash prize to each of the 6 Guitar Finalists.
Rhythm Section prizes, in addition to recording with Lee on his new album, include Berklee College of Music Scholarships, Yamaha instruments, an opportunity to perform at the esteemed Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival in Montana Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2012. Prizes from Monster and more. The total value of 4 prize packages is over $600,000.
For further information, to register and for complete contest rules, regulations and prizes visit www.sixstringtheory.com
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