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Tony Bennett turned 92 last month, so when he takes the stage of the Ravinia Festival on Saturday evening, he'll be breaking a lot of records. Oldest jazz vocalist still packing houses around the world? Check. "I feel very young at this point," says Bennett, without a whiff of irony. "I do! I'm very alive and growing and still learning and trying to come up with something better than I did in the past."

That would be difficult, considering the volume and stature of Bennett's work. The intimacy of his recordings with pianist Bill Evans, the depth of his interpretations of Michel Legrand's songs and the profundities Bennett has expressed in ballads – often at seemingly impossibly slow tempos – represent a monumental contribution.  PHOTO: JIM YOUNG 

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