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WBGO remembers Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

In tribute to Tony Bennett, who died on July 21, 2023 at the age of 96, we compiled some of the coverage of the legendary vocalist from the WBGO archives and other sources.

Doug Doyle's The Art of the Story segment on Tony Bennett. Listen above.

Walter Ray Watson's obituary of Tony Bennett for NPR.

This archival episode of the nationally syndicated show JazzSet features a performance by Tony Bennett at the Blue Note in NYC in September 1991, with pianist and musical director Ralph Sharon, bassist Paul Langosch, and drummer Joe LaBarbera. WBGO broadcast this episode of JazzSet with Branford Marsalis in February 1992. Thanks to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting and Memnon in Bloomington, Ind., for helping us preserve this music for the WBGO Archive. Listen here:

Jazz Set Tony Bennett 9-26-61 Blue Note NY.mp3


In 2014 Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga talked with Michael Bourne about their friendship and "Cheek To Cheek," their duet album of jazz standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and others

Tony Bennett's first appearance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz in 1990.

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall share their love of George and Ira Gershwin with the new album, <em>Love Is Here to Stay</em>.
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Tony Bennett and Diana Krall share their love of George and Ira Gershwin with the new album, Love Is Here to Stay.

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall talk about their collaboration to present the music of George Gershwin.

Tony Bennett interviewed by Michael Bourne
Tony Bennett interviewed by Michael Bourne

Michael Bourne interviews Tony Bennett at WBGO in 1992 (audio c/o American Archive of Public Broadcasting):

Tony Bennett with Michael Bourne

Tony Bennett on his album of duets, featuring Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Mariah Carey and other vocal greats.

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead's review of The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings.

Photo gallery by or featuring WBGO hosts and staff with Tony Bennett: