Eddie Bruce calls his new Tony Bennett tribute CD and cabaret show “Bruce on Bennett.” But having heard the disc, “Bruce IS Bennett” might be more appropriate. Seasoned Philadelphia belter and bandleader Bruce has the T.B. warble down perfectly – a subtle, note-quivering skill that adds an aura of emotion and vulnerability to tunes like “If I Ruled the World” and “The Shadow of Your Smile.” – Philadelphia Daily News
Eddie Bruce’s remarkable renditions of Tony Bennett’s songs truly shine.
A regular at Caesar’s in Atlantic City, he has also performed at Bally’s Park Place, the Etess Arena of Trump Taj Mahal as well as such major events as the prestigious Grand Gala Opening of the Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts in Philadelphia. It’s not only that his singing is always marvelous, but he’s a natural performer with the kind of charm that allows him to claim any stage as his own.
Within the first few minutes of Eddie Bruce’s tribute to Tony Bennett, audiences realize he is a deeply talented singer with a special connection to an authentic music icon.
With sold-out performances at New York’s Feinstein’s and the Metropolitan Room and also a two-week run at Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater’s Cabaret, Bruce brings Bruce on Bennett: A Loving Tribute to an American Music Treasure to the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, October 8, 2011.
Tickets are only $20 and available by calling 570-325-0249 or by visiting the Opera House website, where you can select and reserve your seats.
The Philadelphia Daily News review almost says it all.
Courtesy of backing band The Tom Adams Trio, Bruce on Bennett also provides a glimpse of the remarkable talent that is bandleader Tom Adams. At the Mauch Chunk Opera House, he plays the venue’s 1898 Chickering grand, recently refurbished by Larry Trischetta, a respected piano technician who handles all the pianos for the Reading Jazz Festival and the Kimmel Center.
In the hands of a pianist like Adams (backed by Don Moyer on upright bass, and Grant MacAvoy on drums), the piano becomes the perfect instrument for the warm acoustics of the Opera House. You can see why he has played for Bette Midler, Anita O’Day, Petula Clark, Mel Torme – even pop singers like Jewell.