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Jazz singer to pay tribute to Tony Bennett at Troy library

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 29, 2020

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TROY — Tony Camilletti, a former 30-year Troy resident, has been singing since he was a child.

He’s performed professionally for the last 12 years. He loves jazz and he loves Tony Bennett.

He and the Harvey Reed Trio — Harvey Reed on piano, Rich Kowalewski on bass and Steve Wood on winds — will perform “Tony on Tony” at the Troy Public Library at 2 p.m. Feb. 8.

“When Tony Camilletti approached us about his program, it seemed a natural fit,” adult services librarian Anna Barlow said in an email.

“After all, who doesn’t love Tony Bennett? After watching a few videos of Tony C and the Harvey Reed Trio, it was clear that he has a beautiful style and delivers a stellar tribute to this iconic jazz legend. We are glad that this Detroit native and his band with such great talent will be performing here for our community.”

“I really appreciate his art,” Camilletti said of Bennett. “It’s a tribute to him, not an impersonation. I’m doing his top songs in my own way, celebrating his career.”

Camilletti said he incorporates anecdotal stories about Bennett’s life and career for a mix of “songs, great stories and fun.”

He said he’s been performing the 90-minute show at other libraries and “a lot of great clubs and venues” in the area for almost two years.

“People have a great time,” he said. He described the Harvey Reed Trio as “great, seasoned, professional musicians. I’m blessed to play with musicians of this caliber.

“A lot of the catalog are love songs, a precursor to Valentine’s Day, the holiday of love. We’re excited.”

Register for the Troy Public Library program at troypl.org or by calling (248) 524-3534.

The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.

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