Tony Bennett Staples Center Concert to Feature Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder
The countdown to Tony Bennett’s much anticipated Duets II album has officially begun.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the legendary vocalist will pay tribute to the late Amy Winehouse at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards -- she sings the jazz standard “Body and Soul” on the album, due out September 20 -- and now comes word of a special concert at Los Angeles’ Staples Center which will feature duet partners Carrie Underwood (she sings “It Had to Be You” on the compilation, in the season 2 premiere of CBS' Blue Bloods and, presumably, in concert) and John Mayer (“One For My Baby”) along with Stevie Wonder.
The show will double as an 85th birthday celebration and a benefit to help end hunger. It follows a performance by Bennett at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House on September 18.
Bennett’s Duets: An American Classic, released in 2006, has sold more than a million copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Duets II features collaborations with Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Queen Latifah and Michael Buble, among others.
Many of the recording sessions were filmed for a behind-the-scenes “making of” documentary, shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha, Green Lantern) and due out this fall, including footage of Bennett working with Winehouse. “You can’t believe how wonderful she was during the recording,” Bennett told the Chicago Sun Times. “I think it will surprise a lot of people. She started singing and I remember I said to her, ‘You must be influenced by Dinah Washington.’ And she said how do you know that? She’s my idol.’ It just changed everything between us when she knew that I knew where she was coming from musically.”