Taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall July 28, the performance was filmed in front of a live audience of invited guests, many of whom were students involved in arts programs in NYC public schools.
Presented as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival 2014, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! features an evening of classic jazz standards in both vocal duets and solo performance. The stars are joined by a 39-piece orchestra.
The song roster includes "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Sophisticated Lady," "Lush Life," "Anything Goes" and the title track from their forthcoming album, "Cheek To Cheek."
"Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga first met backstage in 2011 after the two performed at the Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City and Bennett asked Lady Gaga to sing a duet with him on his 'Duets II' album that he was beginning to record," press notes state. "'The Lady is A Tramp' was the result of that endeavor and conversations began about collaborating on a jazz project.
"Recently, Bennett and Gaga surprised the student body at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a New York City public arts high school founded by Tony Bennett, when they spoke and performed for the school on the last day of classes in June. Lady Gaga surprised the Montreal Jazz Festival audience by joining Bennett on stage when he was performing at the famed jazz festival in July." Watch Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett sing "Anything Goes."
The band is conducted by Jorge Calandrelli and features soloists Chris Botti on trumpet and David Mann on tenor sax, and jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett's quartet, Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood, and Lady Gaga's quintet, including Brian Newman, Paul Francis, Steven Kortyka, Michael Scott Ritchie and Alex Smith. Set and lighting design are by Robert Wilson.
"Cheek To Cheek" will be released on Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records Sept. 23.
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