Getting a chance to hang around two music legends like Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra helped Antonia Bennett a whole lot. She knows it, too, and considers herself both lucky and blessed to have done so. Imagine having the great joy and, some might say, luck to have Bennett and Sinatra come through her home as a young kid.
“I think one of the most meaningful things for me is just that there were so many great artists around when I was growing up,” the Right on Time singer told Fox News Digital. “There were writers and dancers and actors and great singers and being in Los Angeles in the late ’70s and early ’80s, there were still a lot of great singers around.”
Bennett said, “They lived within walking distance of our house. Rosemary Clooney, Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra, all of these people lived within a very close proximity of each other. It was a really special time, and when I was very little, my dad was making a record with Bill Evans, so he was at the house a lot, and there was always just great people around.”
Tony Bennett’s Daughter Says Having Frank Sinatra Around Was ‘Really Normal’
Antonia Bennett added that having Sinatra in her childhood home was “really normal” because he was a close friend of her father and mother, Sandra, so she “didn’t really know any different.”
“What I did start to realize is that the group in general, that the whole group, that it was special, that they were special at what they did,” Bennett said of her parents’ friends.
“It was just a very natural progression of things,” Bennett said. “I have been working with my dad for so many years, and during COVID, before he passed, I finished a record, and it just kind of all came about, and it seems that this is the time to do this.”
Bennett said that she always has been a musician and a singer, too. She continued, “…and now I really just feel that I’ve completed this circle and that I have to keep moving forward.”
Anthony Dominick Benedetto, publicly known as Tony Bennett, died in July, just two weeks shy of his 97th birthday. Tony’s family announced that he had been battling Alzheimer’s disease since 2016.
Antonia Bennett is set to make her solo jazz debut in Los Angeles and then perform at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Nov. 30 with two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Per a press release, the “one-night-only engagement promises an unforgettable journey through the Great American Songbook, along with Bennett’s own original compositions.”
The venue is located in New York, which Bennett says she loves.
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