This is mostly just to tell you folks that our Brian D. Johnson has a fantastic profile of Tony Bennett, based on extended and unusually close access to the great singer during his recent visit to the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Jessica Darmanin shot nifty photos that day too. I attended that Montreal concert, as it happens. Bennett was in excellent form, better than when I last heard him in New Orleans in 2009.
I am just irrationally fond of Tony Bennett, as I have demonstrated at least once in the magazine and a few times on the blog. Much of it has to do with how seriously he takes this music. That comes up more than once in Brian’s profile. Mostly it’s just his voice, which reached a new expressive peak in the late 1980s and has barely declined, in the sixth decade of his career, from that summit. Anyway, enjoy the read.