Respecting the past, Building the future

OANA Pays Tribute to Tony Bennett, Astoria’s Favorite Son

We at OANA would like to commemorate the life of Astoria native “Tony Bennett”, one of Astoria’s favorite sons, and of America’s top artists in the interpretation of American Song for both the 20th and 21st centuries.

His first performances were local, especially remembered for shows at the recently closed “Riccardo’s” catering hall. From there his voice and influence crossed the planet, from the 1950’s to the 2020’s. We are all blessed with 70 years of impeccable, creative performances which not only entertained but also influenced so many, from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga!.

And he never forgot his home, Astoria. His singular creation: The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School on 35th Avenue helps insure his legacy will continue, not only through his recordings but also by supporting our young artists who will learn, grow and create because of his influence.

Please check out his full bio.

As stated in the Astoria Post article, OANA hopes to spearhead the creation of a memorial locally, perhaps in Astoria Park, or the proposed Astoria Waterfront Arts District.

We look forward to everyone’s support.

Avatar for Richard Khuzami

Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) and President of OANA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Select Language »