Remembering Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett, the American jazz singer, passed away late last week. He was 96, just two days shy of his birthday.

A devotee to the Great American Songbook, Bennett was, perhaps, the last exponent of the mid-twentieth century crooner style  of singing. Among his signature songs was, I Left My Heart in San Francisco. As styles changed with the rise of rock and roll, Bennett launched a spectacular comeback in the 1980s, and remained an enduring figure for the MTV generation.

Lost in the Stars 

The 1959 album, In Person!, on which Bennett is accompanied by the Count Basie Orchestra, includes this magical performance of Lost in the Stars. With music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, it was the title song for the 1949 Broadway musical.

The Party’s Over

An ode to New York City, Tony Bennett’s 1959 album, Hometown, My Town, concludes with this wistful ballad from the 1956 musical, Bells Are Ringing. The music is by Jule Styne and the lyrics are by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Steppin’ Out with My Baby

Here is Bennett’s iconic performance at the 1994 MTV Unplugged showcase. Irving Berlin’s song, sung by Fred Astaire in the 1948 film musical, Easter Parade, endures.


Featured Image: photograph by David Corio

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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