You have a book coming out that argues Italian-Americans have been largely forgotten for their contributions to jazz. But Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Louis Prima, Louis Bellson, to name a few, are hardly unknown to those who care about jazz.   Yes and no. Many jazz fans aren't even aware that people like Tony Bennett and the late Louis Bell...

Larry Ruvo loves bridging the past and present when it comes to his Keep Memory Alive Power of Love gala. He's especially pleased with some special touches for this year's 20th anniversary event, which will honor Tony Bennett with a 90th birthday celebration May 21 at the MGM Grand Garden.   This year Ruvo is making it a three-day party...

by Robyn Leach   The spirit of Frank Sinatra was very much alive Wednesday night in the restaurant named after "The Chairman of the Board" at Steve Wynn's Encore. Sinatra will be even more so Dec. 12, "Ol' Blue Eyes' " birthday, when CBS airs a two-hour special from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas with stage and audience filled with su...

by Catherine Accardi   Friday, August 19, 2016, was a typically cool and pleasant San Francisco day on top of Nob Hill as Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Special Events Committee, and fans gathered in front of the Fairmont Hotel. A city famous for its hills, has been made even more famous by one particular song that goes like this, "I left m...

Music has always had a crucial importance for the Italians in America. As a sentiment of strong attachment to the mother land and its traditions, or as a channel to express their passion; as a vehicle for revenge due to the success of the opera and then to the affirmation of the Italian artistic talent, from the Italian crooners of the 40s and the...

Nineteen-time Grammy winner, legendary entertainer and New York City native Tony Bennett celebrates his 90th birthday today. The Empire State Building will present a dynamic, choreographed music-to-light show at 8:45 pm to honor Bennett's musical legacy, followed by a light display of the Italian and American flag colors in acknowledgement of Benne...

As legendary crooner Tony Bennett nears 90, the 17-time Grammy Award winner shows no sign of slowing down.   Bennett recently celebrated his 87th birthday with a sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl, followed by a glitzy Beverly Hills bash attended by the likes of John Travolta and Sidney Poitier. Now he's back on tour with his youngest da...

At first (or even second) glance, it's an unlikely pairing. He's the elegant, gentlemanly jazz icon who left his heart in San Francisco, singing classics from the Great American Songbook.   She's the dance-pop sensation known for flamboyant costumes (a meat dress, a Kermit the Frog jacket), fame-themed hits ("Paparazzi," "Applause"), and fan...

by Generoso D'Agnese Per Hollywood era un "crooner", un intrattenitore professionista, e il suo nome correva sulle bocche di tutto il mondo.   Per Montesilvano, Abruzzo, Dean Martin (Dino scelse questo nome anglofonizzando il cognome del tenore italiano Nino Martini) è rimasto invece, per tutta la vita, "zi Dean", il figlio del barbiere Gae...

By John Carucci   A star-studded guest list that included John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Lady Gaga helped celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th birthday on Wednesday. "This particular day is the best moment in my life. The whole day has been magical. The whole world is showing up for me and wishing me well on my 90th birthday, and I can't be more b...