The joy of Tony Bennett in concert

May 14, 2018 652

BY: Jon Bream

You don’t need Google Translate to figure out how to say joie de vivre in Italian. It’s Anthony Benedetto, or idiomatically, Tony Bennett. Experiencing Bennett in concert is watching joie de vivre come of life. In his performance Thursday at the sold-out State Theatre in Minneapolis, the ageless crooner was so full of vitality, charm, warmth, humility, grace, courtliness, smiles and, of course, joy.

A regular visitor to the Twin Cities this century, Bennett, at 91, seems to have slowed down slightly. Don’t all great-grandfathers? He didn’t talk as much as before. He didn’t dance as much. There was no more soft shoe during “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” or any nifty pirouettes. He leaned against the grand piano a little more often than he used to. 

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