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Tony Bennett to perform at Times-Union Center

Performance scheduled for Feb. 22, tickets go on sale Dec. 19

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Eighteen-time Grammy award-winning musician Tony Bennett, whose music spans over six decades, will be performing at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 22.

With worldwide record sales in the millions and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His signature tunes, such as "Steppin’ Out with My Baby" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," form part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, Bennett is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Times-Union Center and Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box offices, online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Bennett celebrated his 85th birthday in 2011 with the release of "Duets II" and made music history by making him the oldest artist to ever have a No. 1 CD on the Billboard album charts. "Duets II," followed up "Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic" CD, released in 2006. 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the singer’s signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," as well as the release of a new documentary film, "The Zen of Bennett," created and conceived by Tony’s son and manager Danny Bennett. Bennett also authored his fourth book, Life is a Gift, released in 2012 and entered the New York Times best seller list. In 2014, Bennett released a collaborative album with Lady Gaga, "Cheek to Cheek" featuring the two artists performing jazz standards. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album charts making Bennett the oldest musical artist, at the age of 88, to have an album top the Billboard 200 and won the Grammy award in the best traditional pop album category. Bennett is a Kennedy Center honoree, a National Endowment for the Arts jazz master and a recipient of the United Nations' humanitarian and citizen of the world honors. His latest release, "The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern," just won a Grammy award this year in the best traditional pop album category.

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