"Much as Tony Bennett's music is appreciated, so will be this insightful book about the man behind the music."
"David Evanier's 'All the Things You Are' is a work of profound empathy and musical understanding. Tony Bennett lives in these pages as a matchlessly joyous singer whose brilliance refracts from a deep and subtle soul.""
--James Kaplan, author of
"Frank: The Voice"
"The great thing about David Evanier's biography--beyond its reliable research, nuanced evaluations, and stylistic eloquence--is that by looking closer at a great artist than the artist might have wished, it uncovers a man even more worthy of our admiration than we knew; a valiant defender of Civil Rights as well as the classic American songbook and the singer's right to enhance it by his own light."
-- Gary Giddins, author of
"Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams"
"A heartfelt tribute. Evanier's passion for Bennett shines through."
THE THINGS YOU ARE: THE LIFE OF TONY BENNETT" IS ONE
OF FOUR JAZZ BOOKS OF THE YEAR
--"JAZZ TIMES" MAGAZINE CRITICS' POLL
AND READERS' POLL, 2012
"Award-winning author David Evanier more
than scratches the surface in telling this fascinating story
of Bennett's life and career that has spanned 60 years from
his impoverished yet happy childhood in Depression-era Queens
to his inspiring chart-topping career to his role now as one
of America's most enduring musical icons.
"Not only is this book thoroughly researched,
probing Tony Bennett's life, from the high times of heady
success to the low points of addiction, failed marriages and
self doubt, it is written with a storytelling narrative that
is both empathetic and objective. IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE,
LOVES TONY BENNETT, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU."
--Don Oldenburg, THE AMBASSADOR, NATIONAL ITALIAN
AMERICAN FOUNDATION (NIAF), WINTER 2011
"David Evanier has great knowledge and a
depth of understanding of Tony Bennett and his legacy. Like
the American songbook, Tony is indestructible. He has become
the greatest champion of classic songs. Thanks to his interpretations
of them, they will go on and on. 'All the Things You Are'
is a stylishly written book that mirrors its subject. This
is a significant work of art."
-- Michael Feinstein
"A raw, quintessential New York story. An unvarnished
biography [with] charming detail."
-- NEW YORK TIMES
"David Evanier offers an eye-opening, nuanced
and thorough understanding of the life of this superb singer."
-- THE PROGRESSIVE READER
"David Evanier provides the first full length
account of Bennett's life and career. Candid and thorough.
Evanier does an excellent job of sketching his subject's complex
personality. Even more important, he illuminates Bennett's
crucial decision to abandon the trivial balladry of his youthful
recordings and recreate himself as a popular artist of the
-- TERRY TEACHOUT, COMMENTARY
"A fascinating biography, entertaining and
-- JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE
"Santa's already working overtime as Bennett
fans worldwide demand "Duets II" plus David Evanier's
classy new Bennett biography, `All the Things You Are,' written
in easy, everyday language that fits like custom tailoring."
-- ELMORE MAGAZINE