'Tony Bennett's Wonderful World: Live From San Francisco' Airs on PBS This December
Special Guest k.d. lang Performs with Bennett at Bay's City's Famed Fairmont Hotel
The love affair that began forty years ago with Tony Bennett and the City by the Bay continues with a very special evening of song, "TONY BENNETT'S WONDERFUL WORLD: LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO." Filmed at the famed Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill, the site of Bennett's first public performance in 1962 of his now renowned signature song, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," this definitive concert showcasing Bennett's musical legacy airs on PBS stations nationwide in December 2002 (check local listings).
Filmed in front of a live audience who enjoyed 90 minutes of an unforgettable evening of Bennett's greatest hits and personal favorites. The ten-time Grammy winner, whom the New York Times recently described as being "at the top of his game," performed with a dynamic mix of exuberance and nuance, all of which was presented with an assurance and mastery that has earned him his well-deserved legendary status. Bennett's superb touring quartet (Lee Musiker, piano; Paul Langosch, bass; Clayton Cameron, drums; and Gray Sargent, guitar) provide impeccable accompaniment to such Bennett classics as "Just In Time," "Because of You," "I Wanna Be Around," "Cold, Cold, Heart," and of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," for which he received one of the evening's many standing ovations.
Some of Bennett's personal favorites made for impactful moments including his version of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?," a song his good friend Frank Sinatra encouraged him to add to his repertoire. Other highlights of the show include songs Tony dedicated to the performers he has admired such as Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and Fred Astaire's "Steppin' Out."
Joining Bennett for a special selection of duets from their new CD, A WONDERFUL WORLD, was multiple-Grammy winner k.d. lang. The two, who first sang together on Bennett's "MTV UNPLUGGED" special in 1994, perform the Armstrong classic, "What A Wonderful World," as well as an exquisite English language version of "La Vie En Rose." A WONDERFUL WORLD will be released on November 5 on RPM Records/Columbia Records.
Intercut with the live performances is on-location footage of Bennett at San Francisco's most famous sites -- The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, the cable cars on Nob Hill -- as well as a very special moment filmed at Candlestick Park when the capacity crowd at the stadium sang "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."
Underwriters: Public Television Viewers, PBS and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Producer: RPM Music Productions, Inc. in association with Automatic Productions and WLIW New York. Executive producer: Danny Bennett. Co-executive producers: Neil Mahrer and Roy Hammond. Producer: Jodi Hurwitz. Director: Larry Jordan. Supervising producer: Allen Kelman. Editors: Mari Keiko Gonzalez. Audio: Dae Bennett. Post production supervisor: Tony Faske. Audio supervisor: Mitch Maketansky. Lighting designer: Stan Crocker. Production designer: Torben Torpsmith. Format: CC STEREO
SOURCE: RPM Records/Columbia Records
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