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Tony Bennett Swings into the Rochester Jazz Festival

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – Some of the biggest names in jazz are on stage all this week as the Rochester Jazz Festival continues.

Headlining the event is none other than the legendary and timeless Tony Bennett.

Bennett performs at 8:00 Wednesday night at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester.

WBFO's Joyce Kryszak talked with Bennett by phone about what keeps his career singing.

When Bennett's career began, his fans were screaming teenagers wearing bobby socks. Today, Bennett's fans are just as likely their grandchildren.

The man who got his big break from Bob Hope fifty years ago is now perhaps better known for his performances on MTV.

The eleven time Grammy winner has sung with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and has a new album out with k.d. Lang. Bennett recently had a cameo appearance in the Jim Carey movie Bruce Almighty.

In short, he does pretty much as he chooses.

And Bennett says his audiences appreciate that.

You can hear the interview with Bennett, and hear some of his music, by clicking the "listen" icon above.