Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

Nov 23, 2012
Originally published on December 8, 2016 10:23 am

On this Piano Jazz session from 2004, Tony Bennett brings his effortlessly swinging singing to an impeccable set of tunes from the Great American Songbook, including music from Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Ted Koehler, Alec Wilder and more.

"Playing for [Tony Bennett] was the easiest thing in the world to do, he was such an easygoing guy," host Marian McPartland says. "Tony loves Alec Wilder's music, and we did some Wilder tunes on the program that I especially liked. It was so much fun!"

Bennett brings to the set an intimate knowledge of the craft behind the great standards. He is among the few performers alive and working today who knew many composers of the repertoire, and that makes his appearance on Piano Jazz both a delight for the listener and a special moment in the oral history of American Popular Song.

Set List

  • "I Thought About You" (Mercer, Van Heussen)
  • "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" (Koehler, Harris, Moll)
  • "While We're Young" (Wilder, Engvick)
  • "Twilight World" (McPartland, Lee)
  • "Last Night When We Were Young" (Arlen, Harburg)
  • "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" (Bloom, Koehler)
  • "All of Me" (Marks, Simons)
  • "Blackberry Winter" (Wilder, McGlohon)
  • "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Ellington, Russell)
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