The resurgence of Tony Bennett to the top of the charts was one of the most gratifying surprises of the 1990s. Bennett was a (very big) cog in the Columbia hit machine of the '50s and '60s and he had to fight Mitch Miller tooth and nail to do the jazz albums and classy material he loved. He toured extensively with Duke Ellington and become the first white star to record with Count Basie. The cream of this era is collected on the exceptional Jazz, a compilation which also features Art Blakey, Stan Getz, and Bennett's main ivory tinkler, Ralph Sharon. A few years after "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Bennett got knocked down during the acid rock wave of the late '60s but he answered back with his own label, Improv and cut two great albums with Bill Evans. Always a warm and good-humored singer, age and experience took the brassy edge off Bennett's voice and he decided to stick with jazz accompaniment. In the late '80s he recorded with Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie and George Benson, and slowly rebuilt his base. The '90s MTV generation took to Bennett's music and his unruffled cool personality in a very big way. His music is timeless.
Tony Bennett Concert Films
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minWorld-renowned vocalist and all-around cool guy Tony Bennett brings a touch of old-school class to MTV's Unplugged . Includes guest performers Elvis Costello and K.D. Lang and the songs It Had to Be You, Fly Me to the Moon, They Can't Take That Away from Me, Rags to Riches and more.
Cheek to Cheek: Live
Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minTony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform songs from the Great American Songbook including such beloved standards as "Anything Goes," "Cheek to Cheek," "Lush Life," "Sophisticated Lady," and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."
Legends in Concert: Atlantic Crossing
Tony Bennett And Tom Jones
Runtime: 46 min'Atlantic Crossing' is a collaboration of two of the greatest music talents in the 20th Century. Due to their onstage charisma and large record sales, the two have both enjoyed tremendous success, despite the differences in their musical styles. On this exclusive performance you will find classics such as "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", by Bennett and "What's New Pussycat," by Jones in addition to seventeen more of their superb greatest hits.
Tony Bennett Top Tracks
A Man and His Music Part I
Runtime: 51 minFirst broadcast by NBC on November 24, 1965, Frank Sinatra: A Man And His Music was Sinatra’s first annual one-hour television special. Broadcast at a time when television was in the process of switching to full time color programming, it is clear that television history was being made. Singing directly to the camera, Frank Sinatra makes the viewer feel as if he is telling his story directly to them.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 57 minBobby Darin, was an American singer who performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk, and country.
Through the 1960s he became more active politically and worked on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. He was present with his campaign at the hotel in Los Angeles on the evening of his assassination. Occurring during the same year as he learned of the true nature of his birth, these events deeply affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion.
Although he made a successful television comeback, his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. This knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to exploit his musical talent while still young. He died at 37, following a heart operation in Los Angeles.
The Life of a Jazz Singer
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minAnita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazz singers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, said it was the greatest rendition of the song ever made. Anita was a musical genius and pioneer who broke reverse race barriers. She was commonly regarded as one of the top female artists of her time, together with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. The film portrays her as a woman who lived her life the way she wanted without ever looking back. She speaks openly about how she had to overcome great adversities, including a 20-year addiction to heroin and alcohol. She chose never to have children and married for only a brief period. She lived an often lonely life that was sustained only by her passion for music. Personalities talk about her quirky personality, while jazz critics and her few still living contemporaries speak of her extraordinary talent and how amazing it is that she continued to sing for so long. The film shows Anita on tour in Europe well into her eighties and her making that final recording, shortly before her death, the death of an icon.
The New York Big Band Concert
Harry Connick Jr.
Runtime: 1 hrThe New York Big Band Concert features Harry Connick, Jr. bringing the sound of the Big Easy to the Big Apple! This special set features 13 performances from his record-breaking 15-night engagement at New York City's Paramount Theatre in 1992.
Live In Paris
Runtime: 1 hrRecorded live at the Paris Olympia to a sell out audience, the captivating voice of Diana Krall delivers a sensual collection of romantic ballads and bossa novas.Diana is accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique Europeen & Paris Jazz Big Band, as well as her own recording jazz band members flown in especially from LA. In addition to this she also welcomes legendary conductor Claus Ogerman.This concert performance features tracks from her latest album The Look Of Love and the full set from her sensational world tour. The Grammy award winner takes us through a variety of well-known standards all performed in the totally individual, yet classic style that is Diana Krall.
Legends in Concert
Sammy Davis Jr.
Runtime: 43 minOnce again the legends in concert series captures all the atmosphere and magic enjoyed by millions in awe of Sammy Davis Jr. a.k.a (mr wonderful) in concert a must for any fan of his.
15 tracks live in concert by the original black Jewish rat-packer. Mr. Wonderful himself, Mr. Sammy Davis Jr. captured live in his prime, performing his best-known hits including 'Birth Of The Blues' and .You Rascal You.'
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 46 minIn the 1950s, the easy listening singer embarked on a solo career with a string of hits, propelling him into the limelight as a star. Andy Williams also hosted his own TV show which ran for nine years and this show features him singing with the elite of that era. Also featured on this show are fifteen of Wiliiam's all time classics, including "Just In Time," "You Do Something To Me," "I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face" and many more.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 42 minSelling over 100 million records worldwide over 6 decades, with hits such as "hey good looking" and "papa loves mambo" both performed here in front of the cameras and presented on this fabulous dvd compilation