At 89 years old, Tony Bennett was almost certainly the oldest performer to win a Grammy Award this year. He took home the award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern."
Last year, at 88, Bennett was almost certainly the oldest performer to win a Grammy Award. He and Lady Gaga won in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for "Cheek to Cheek." Obviously, Tony Bennett remains one of the greatest pop and jazz vocalists in the business, and age isn't slowing him down.
He'll perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Monday.
Besides being a master vocalist, Bennett has become known for recognizing and fostering talents of singers from different stylistic genres and other eras. Besides Lady Gaga, Bennett performed with and championed Amy Winehouse, who idolized him, and who he said could have been in the same league as Billie Holliday if she had lived longer.
He usually tours with a small combo, rather than an orchestra, so he can sing whatever he and the audience are in the mood for.
His show at the Mahaffey is sold out.
Details: 7:30 p.m. March 7, Mahaffey Theater, 401 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $65-$150. Information: 727-892-5767, themahaffey.com.
-- Marty Clear