Passing The Torch Song

It can be easy to dismiss an entertainer of some longevity – even one of the caliber of Tony Bennett – and say the best days are behind him. But it wouldn’t be true. Just as one of Bennett’s signature songs goes, “The best is yet to come.”

Beginning his mercurial career just after World War II, Bennett has witnessed six decades of music and watched recording artists and pop stars alike come and go. Few possess staying power to match. Most did not. From his vantage point, Bennett has the benefit of not just experience but also study of our music culture. If anyone can see the tides clearly, it’s him.

Perhaps more than any other popular entertainer, Bennett has kept the standards relevant, recalling another age of music that bore legends like Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra, while actively continuing his career beyond that golden age. Through such efforts as his Duets album and the 2011 follow-up Duets II, Bennett has encouraged new talent through collaborations on timeless songs. Duets II features arrangements showcasing Bennett with Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, Norah Jones, Michael Bublé and the late Amy Winehouse, among others.

Bennett won’t be alone for his upcoming show in Tulsa, either.

The Tulsa Performing Arts Center welcomes Bennett to the Chapman Music Hall stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Joining him in the spotlight will be Bennett’s daughter, jazz singer Antonia Bennett, for a special performance on a special night for music fans of all ages.

Tickets are $54-$114 and available online at www.myticketoffice.com as well as by phone at 800.364.7111. The Tulsa PAC is located at 101 E. Third St. in downtown Tulsa. To read more, visit www.tulsapac.com.