The Morrison Hotel Gallery SoHo will present a special press preview and reception for Tony Bennett: Portrait of An Artist, the photography of Kelsey Bennett and Josh Cheuse, in celebration of the artist’s new album, DUETS II (RPM/Columbia Records) on Tuesday, September 20th from 6-7 PM followed by a reception from 7-9 PM.
In 2006, Duets: An American Classic was released. The album — which included performances with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Bono and others — won three Grammy Awards. Duets became Tony’s best selling CD to date achieving multi-platinum sales.
Now, with DUETS II, the new release is garnering heavy buzz and includes a roster of diverse artists including Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Underwood, and Amy Winehouse among others.
DUETS II was recorded live in the studio with Tony performing side by side with his duet partners. The recording process took Tony to Los Angeles, Nashville, NY, London and Pisa, and afforded the singer the opportunity to visit his ancestral home in the Reggio-Calabria region of Italy.
Says Tony, “It has been a personal and professional thrill to collaborate with the artists on DUETS II and to know that a new generation has an opportunity to experience these songs.”
The show will run at the gallery’s 124 Prince Street location from September 21st through October 9th.
In the picture above: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at their recording session of “Lady Is A Tramp” to be included on Bennett’s forthcoming DUETS II CD, photographed by Tony Bennett’s granddaughter, Kelsey Bennett.