Showing posts with label TONY BENNETT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TONY BENNETT. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 02, 2018


Tony Bennett

NEWARK, NJ -- Metropolitan Entertainment and New Jersey Performing Arts Center proudly present the return of TONY BENNETT, the 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades. Having sold out previous concerts at NJPAC, Bennett returns on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 8pm.

At the age of 92, TONY BENNETT is not slowing down. Tony’s latest album is a collaborative project with long-time friend and colleague Diana Krall titled, LOVE IS HERE TO STAY. Celebrating the musical legacy of the Gershwins, the album just debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current and Traditional Jazz Charts. Also out now is a new book, TONY BENNETT: ON STAGE AND IN THE STUDIO, which provides an insightful look into Tony’s illustrious recording career highlighted by an extensive array of photographs, memorabilia, and artwork.

As a special offer, a CD or digital download of Love Is Here To Stay, is included with every ticket purchase.

No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. His previous album, “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” won a Grammy Award this past February for his son Dae Bennett who produced the album. Bennett also appeared on the 60th Anniversary Grammy Awards telecast and presented an award with John Legend, who sang with Tony on the 2006 “Tony Bennett: DUETS” recording. This past November, the Library Of Congress presented Bennett with The Gershwin Prize marking the first time that an interpretive singer has been honored. The event was broadcast on PBS Nationally this January and featured tribute performances by Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Michael BublĂ©, Gloria Estefan and many others. His signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” was inducted this year in the National Recordings Registry.

With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, TONY BENNETT is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes nineteen Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Kennedy Center Honoree, an NEA Jazz Master and a recipient of the United Nation’s Humanitarian and Citizen of the World honors. His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” form part of the fabric of American music culture.

Tony Bennett’s daughter, Antonia Bennett has been touring with her father and will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards. Antonia Bennett is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Produced by John Scher/Metropolitan Entertainment and New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Tickets to see are available September 21st at 10 a.m. at or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or by visiting the NJPAC Box Office. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Celebrity Photographer Turning Photos Into Philanthropy

Story By James Edstrom

Keith Richards

John Legend And Clive Davis

Ann Lawlor is a highly accomplished photographer I have known for a number of years who has decided to approach the issue we all face of when and how best to give back to society. Take it from me as a celebrity photographer, it can be tricky to capture a super model or celebrity photo but rarely has it been for Ann Lawlor. Over the years celebrities have gotten to know Ann and trust her abilities. “Most are very friendly but you just have to know when take the shot. I only shoot in an authorized setting and I’m never invasive ” says Ann.

Diana & Clint Eastwood

Leonardo DiCaprio And Meryl Streep

Ann Lawlor And Tony Bennett

Cate Blanchett
Ann has been taking celebrity pictures for over a decade photographing some of the entertainment industry’s most notable names, including Kim Kardashian, Kayne West, Justin Bieber, Kiefer Sutherland, Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, Denzel Washington, Heath Ledger, Michael Douglas, Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Lisa Marie Presley, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Day Lewis, Heather Locklear, Nicole Kidman, Adele, and Leonardo DiCaprio, among others. From Ottawa, Canada Ann’s work has appeared in Star, Examinar, People, US, Inside Edition, Daily Mail, Elle, Global Vision, Ottawa Citizen, Seventeen, New York Post, Gotham, Black Book, New York Daily News,Splash News, Irish Times, Bazaar, Seventeen, Time and many others.

Bryan Cranston & Eric Stonestreet

In addition, Ann is passionate about animal welfare and is currently working on plans for coffee table book, the profits of which will be donated to the World Animal Protection Organization in Canada. It’s a great example of turning Photos into philanthropy.

Photos By: Ann Lawlor

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Tony Bennett And Susan Benedetto

Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto were photographed at the 11th Annual Exploring The Arts Fundraising Gala at the Ziegfeld Ballroom tonight in New York City.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Lady Gaga With Legend Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga light the Empire State Building in honor of 90 years of Bennett's musical legacy recently in New York City.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Katie Couric With Tony Bennett

Martha Stewart With Katie Couric

On todays episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie,", Katie Couric celebrates all things weddings. Brides-to-be get tips and takeaways to help them with their wedding planning and how to get organized. Martha Stewart shares her the ultimate wedding checklist, planning dos and don’ts, and some new creative ideas that can make your wedding more personal and unique. Hear the advice she gives to Katie about second marriages.

Plus, Tony Bennett stops by to surprise Katie with a musical performance and then sits down to talk about his legendary singing career, his love of art and how he’ll never retire from doing what he loves.

Photos Courtesy Of: ABC/Disney

Monday, November 14, 2011


Justin Bieber

The 30,000 energy efficient LED lights on the 74-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit when New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Tishman Speyer Chairman and CEO Jerry I. Speyer flip the switch on Wednesday, November 30 at 8:55 PM. Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie will co-host Christmas in Rockefeller Center from 7-9 PM.

The program includes live performances by Cee Lo Green, Faith Hill, Michael BublĂ©, Carole King, Katharine McPhee, Javier Colon (NBC’s “The Voice”) and the Radio City Rockettes. Additional performances by Justin Bieber and Tony Bennett.

Photo By: RD/Orchon/Retna

Friday, September 09, 2011



Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett recently sat down with AARP at his art studio overlooking Central Park in New York to talk about his recording with Lady Gaga, the late Amy Winehouse, which would turn out to be her last, the tragic mix of drugs and art, and his involvement with AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger.

Bennett’s Duets II will be released Sept. 20. On Saturday, September 24, Bennett will perform his greatest hits with some of today’s biggest stars in celebration of his 85th birthday at the Staples Center Staples Center in Los Angele to benefit AARP's Drive to End Hunger.

On his desire to share his own experiences with Amy Winehouse:

“I wanted to tell Amy, I wanted to talk to her and her dad about what happened to me, and how I stopped and how it helped. Everybody loved her so much. Her fans really loved her. They were all rooting for her. And she was such a sweet child. And it was so tragic that she died so young.”

On Lady Gaga:

“I think if she keeps going the way she's going now, that she will become bigger than Elvis Presley. She will become the main rage of the entertainment world. I've never met anybody, I don't care what age, who is more intelligent about what to do as a performer than Lady Gaga.”

“She did ‘The Lady Is a Tramp’ with me. It was so fantastic. She showed up in the most gorgeous dress I've ever seen. On Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn Monroe — the most beautiful dress I've ever seen on a human being! And she had a wild green wig on. But when she went into it, ‘Bam!’ The song just took off. So she's absolutely brilliant with what she does. She's a very, very magnificent performer and she does know how to sing, and she does know how to play the piano. I see great things for her. She has no boundaries and she knows what she's doing. You know, I've performed with everybody, being 85 years old. I've seen it all. And I'll tell you, I've never seen anybody that intelligent when it comes to knowing how to perform properly.”

On how his singing and painting interrelate:

“My father died when I was 9 and I couldn't believe it as a young boy. All my aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces, they would come over every Sunday and make a circle around my brother, my sister and myself. And then they saw the way I painted. They said, ‘Look at his painting. He paints these beautiful flowers.’ So it gave me a passion, not realizing as of today, that my passion is even stronger than it was then. But my whole life has been about painting and singing. Music and art. Truth and beauty. Those are the things that I work on. That's all I know, and I keep studying it.”

On his retirement plans:

“When somebody says, ‘Are you going to retire?’ I say, ‘Retire to what?’ Because I'm not going to stop learning. There's so much to learn! And I've had a beautiful life thinking that way.”

Photo By: RD/Dziekan/Retna

Friday, September 25, 2009


Tony Bennett And Mike Agassi

Tony Bennett and Mike Agassi pose for pictures at the Tony Bennett and friends benefit's Marty Hennesy Jr. Tennis Foundation at TAO Nightlcub in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photo By: RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital

Friday, November 21, 2008


Tony Bennett With Friend

Singing icon Tony Bennett attended the holiday window unveiling at Bloomingdales's 59th Street, Lexington Avenue in New York City with a little cute friend. Tony has been a New Yorker forever, and can be spotted around town almost everywhere.
Photo By: RD/ Leon / Retna Digital

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


John Mayer

Quincy Jones And Gayle King

Regis And Joy Philbin

Terrence Howard With Tony Bennett And Sumner Redstone

Terrence Howard poses with Tony Bennett and Sumner Redstone at the "Exploring The Arts" Gala Hosted by Susan and Tony Bennett at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City yesterday. Regis Philbin also showed up with beautiful wife Joy and she looked fantastic. Singer John Mayer was also there sporting a new very short hair cut. Music icon Quincy Jones was also there and gladly posed for a photo with stunning Gayle King.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Singing legend Tony Bennett will be honored as one of GQ magazine’s Men of The Year at a gala tribute in London on September 3rd. The icon, who turned 82 years old this month, will fly to London England for the huge tribute. News of the honor tops off a great birthday month for Tony, who recently sold his Times Square in the Rain painting for $50,000 to benefit the Zimmer Children’s Museum in Los Angeles California. This man is a saint and is what New York City is all about.
Editors Note: I have been photographing Tony for many years around New York City. He lives up the block. Tony is always nice and believe it or not, the last time I was in his building, he arrived in a sweatsuit, just back from the gym. Can you believe this 82 year old icon works out everyday? Well he does !

Photo By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Ltd

Saturday, February 02, 2008


Jim Caruso's CAST PARTY held every Monday night at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street) was the place to be this week. TONY BENNETT dropped in to hear the up and coming accapella boy group MOSIAC perform to the packed house, where BENNETT himself lead the audience in a standing ovation! Also there was MARILYN MAYE who just hours earlier won her first NIGHTLIFE AWARD for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist In A Major Engagement. Maye belted a couple songs herself also receiving standing ovations from a celebrity studded audience including RANDY JONES of THE VILLAGE PEOPLE, BILLY STRITCH, NATALIE DOUGLAS, LARI WHITE and REX REED among others!
Photo By: Mark Rupp

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Singing legend TONY BENNETT will reportedly wed his long-term girlfriend SUSAN CROW in New York City on Thursday. The New York Post’s gossip columnist Liz Smith reports the 80-year-old star will wed his teacher partner, 47, in Manhattan’s City Hall after an 18-year courtship.Bennett has been married twice before to Patricia Beech and Sandra Grant.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Singing legend TONY BENNETT is proving it’s never too late to fall in love by getting engaged to his long-term girlfriend SUSAN CROW.The 80-year-old star is planning a third trip down the aisle after failed marriages to Patricia Beech and Sandra Grant.A friend of the crooner tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "He’s just popped the question to his girlfriend."He was really excited about it. She’s many years younger than him and they’ve been together for 18 years, but he feels like this is the one thing he really wants to do while there’s still time." His spokesman adds, "He’s old school, so he doesn’t want to talk about it.But they’ve very happy and very much in love."

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Icon Tony Bennett invaded American Idol
Everyones favorite Sanjaya Malakar continues !

American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar can get himself a free lifetime supply of Kentucky Fried Chicken's Famous Bowls if he comes on stage sporting a bowl haircut. 'We're sure America will be as 'bowled-over' by your take on this classic look as they are by our KFC Famous Bowls,' KFC president Gregg Dedrick said in an open letter to Sanjaya. Dedrick also said that KFC would additionally make a contribution in Sanjaya's name to Colonel Scholars, a charity that provides college scholarships to young people, reports