SUMMER 2021 SEASON

Wednesday, July 21  |  6:30PM

A Tribute to Tony Bennett at Charles Krug

Doors open at 5:30 pm

Festival Napa Valley presents a very special tribute to music icon Tony Bennett, the preeminent master of the Great American Songbook. With millions of records sold worldwide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received nineteen Grammy® Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award). No one in American popular music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Bennett.

Headlining the tribute is the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein. He will be joined by pop sensation Wé McDonald, singer/actor Jordan Donica, jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, and Festival Napa Valley’s Composer in Residence Nia Imani Franklin. Also appearing will be the Festival's Special Music Advisor, multi-Grammy and Emmy recipient, music-director Gregg Field on drums, Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg on piano and featuring the iconic musicians Tom Scott on saxophone, Randy Waldman on keyboards, Dean Parks on guitar and bass player Terry Miller.

They will perform a selection of Bennett’s most beloved songs, including his signature tune, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.”

 

Festival Napa Valley will make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Tony Bennett.

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Artists

Shelly Berg
Shelly Berg

Shelly Berg is a Steinway piano artist, multi-Grammy nominated arranger and producer, and dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He is a recipient of the IAJE Lawrence Berk Leadership Award and has been named "Educator of the Year" by the Los Angeles Jazz Society, as well as one of three "Educators for the Millennium" by the Los Angeles Times.

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Jordan Donica
Jordan Donica

Jordan Donica is currently starring as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the national tour of Hamilton and recently completed a run starring as Raoul in the historic Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. He was a featured artist in the 2017 Washington National Opera gala at the Kennedy Center, as well as at the American Songbook Hall of Fame celebration with Michael Feinstein.

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Gregg Field
Gregg Field

Six time Grammy and  “Producer of the Year” Latin Grammy recipient, Concord Records Recording Artist Gregg Field is one of the most versatile and highly sought-after producers, drummers and educators in music.

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Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein, Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five GRAMMY® Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe – in addition to his appearances at iconic venues such as The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House – his work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.

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Nia Imani Franklin
Nia Imani Franklin

As stated by Lindsay Bierman, former chancellor of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Nia Imani Franklin is "a remarkable young woman who embodies the power of the arts to enrich and transform lives." Franklin was a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education, as well as Miss New York 2018 and Miss America 2019. She currently works as a composer and artistic leader, empowering women in music through her organization "Compose Her."

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Wé McDonald
Wé McDonald

Wé McDonald’s star-making turn on her show-stopping blind audition on the hit NBC TV show The Voice drew national attention in 2016, but it was the kind of momentous debut she had been preparing for her entire life. Blessed with a righteously robust voice, she’s been singing since the age of 12, attending the Harlem School for the Arts after school and on weekends, where she studied theater and piano.

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Terry Miller
Terry Miller

Bassist, composer and educator, Terry Miller’s musical credits reflect a long and diverse career. A Bay Area resident, Miller’s unique skills on both acoustic and electric basses have led him to collaborations with a wide range of artists, including jazz icons such as Stan Getz and Dave Grusin, and rock legends like the Grateful Dead, Steve Miller and the Doobie Brothers.

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Jane Monheit
Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit studied voice at the Manhattan School of Music and spent twenty years continuing to learn while touring and on the bandstands of NYC. She recently released her eighth album, Come What May, which highlights her fresh takes on first-rate standards––timeless, yet still addressing the current moment. Of the album, Club 44 label co-owner Joel Lindsey says, “The trademark lyricism of her voice, the detail of her interpretations, the sheer joy of her creativity shines brightly here.”

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Dean Parks
Dean Parks

Dean Parks has enjoyed a legendary four-decade career as a session guitarist in Los Angeles. Known as a master of all styles of music, he has played on thousands of sessions. Producers, artists, and fellow musicians rely on Dean to bring something new, fresh, and unique to each project. His list of gold and platinum records spans rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz, and film.

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott

Tom Scott is a renowned composer, arranger, producer, musical director and sax/woodwind recording artist.  He has 34 solo recordings to his credit and has earned 14 Grammy nominations and 3 Grammy awards.  In 2017, he received his first Emmy nomination as Music Director for Tony Bennett’s 90th Birthday Celebration at Radio City Music Hall on NBC-TV.

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Randy Waldman
Randy Waldman

Randy Waldman began playing piano at the age of five and was hired for his first professional gig at 12. He has toured with Frank Sinatra, The Lettermen, Paul Anka and George Benson, and can be heard on the recordings of Celine Dionne, Michael Bolton, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle and Michael Jackson.

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Venue

Charles Krug

Napa Valley’s oldest winery, Charles Krug has been owned and operated by the Peter Mondavi, Sr. family for four generations.  The winery’s award winning newly restored Redwood Cellar Tasting Room and Hospitality Center is a warm, inviting space blending heritage with contemporary design. The National Historical Landmark, originally built in 1872, features reclaimed clear heart redwood from the family’s original wine tanks, stone and open beam construction, windows on the working Family Reserve cellar, and a large welcoming bar and lounge.
Charles Krug