If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, then Antonia Bennett should be able to lay claim to some of the ripest fruit in jazz vocals. The daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett, Antonia has been opening for her father on tour for the past decade while steadily building her own career. With her famous father seated at a front row table, Antonia made her debut at the Café Carlyle last Tuesday, backed by her seasoned trio (Spike Willner, piano, Paul Newinsky, bass, Anthony Pinciotti, drums.)
To cut to the chase: Bennett's thin, high-pitched voice bears little resemblance to her father's honeyed warmth and booming power, but her command of the Great American Songbook was rock solid, even displaying a bit of Brazilian flair in Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm" and Jobim's own "No More Blues." And, just in case we needed any reminder of her peerless pedigree, Bennett peppered her songs with casual anecdotes about the famous personalities who used to stop by the house, such as Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra. That's the kind of lustre any singer should be so lucky to have rub off on them.