Tony Bennett Wows 'Em With Charm, Style, and Standards at Mesa Arts Center

Has Tony Bennett ever played a bad show? It would be hard to find anyone who attended such a mediocre performance in the 50-plus years the man has been recording, let alone have it documented in print. Truthfully, it doesn't seem possible.

The 88-year-old legend came out dressed to the nines in a cream-colored jacket and a smile that never left his face. The joy and optimism he exuded was immediately contagious to the sold-out crowd inside Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center and was introduced by none other than his friend from across the Hudson River, Frank Sinatra.

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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