Spotlight Thursday: Robert Whorton “Because of You” A Celebration of Tony Bennett and his Music

Join Robert Whorton in the Jazz Cave for our Spotlight Thursday series at the Nashville Jazz Workshop on Thursday, March 16th, 2023. “Because of You” A celebration of Tony Bennett and his Music. Vocalist Robert Whorton is joined by pianist Lori Mechem, bassist Roger Spencer, and drummer Larry Aberman. The band takes the stage at 7:30pm CST (Doors at 7:00pm).


About Robert Whorton: Acclaimed for giving songs a “new emotional life,” Robert Whorton began singing in clubs on the exotic island of Mykonos, Greece in 1992 and it changed everything he knew about the intimacy of music.  Since moving back to Nashville in 2014 from Chicago, he has found a musical home at the Nashville Jazz Workshop both as performer, as well as, mentor.  About this relationship, Robert says, “I love studying music and performance.  The Workshop is a safe place to do that.  To be able to share my take on classic American music through jazz or any other style gives me great joy.  I now have a musical home in this city in which to do that, adding to its rich musical heritage.”

One of his shows, Because of You: a Tribute to Tony Bennett, was praised by the Chicago Tribune, with Howard Reich saying “Whorton holds his own with the songs of Mr. Bennett.”  In 2006, following his success as a performer at the Chicago Cabaret Convention, he was asked to be a featured performer in New York at the NY Cabaret Convention marking his debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  During his twenty years in Chicago, Robert performed in many clubs including Davenport’s, Maxim’s, Chicago Cultural Center, The Storefront Theater, Gentry of Chicago and Drury Lane Water Tower.  In addition to his cabaret shows in New York and Greece, he has co-starred with renowned songwriter David Friedman in the Midwest premiere of the off-Broadway success of Listen to My Heart: The Music of David Friedman.


Policies: The Jazz Cave is a BYOB establishment, with no alcohol or food service. You are free to bring alcoholic beverages and snacks. We sell soft drinks and bottled water. The Jazz Cave is a listening room, and we ask patrons to keep conversation to a minimum and silence cell phones. Audio and video recording is prohibited. TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. We do not issue refunds. Masks are recommended for all patrons.

Proceeds from Nashville Jazz Workshop Digital Concerts (if streaming) go to the NJW Artist Fund. The Artist Fund is used to help support and create performance opportunities for area Jazz artists, bringing more Jazz to the community and paying artists for their work.