Watch Lester Holt's interview from this morning's episode of the Today Show with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. You'll see clips from their time at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in late June, and learn a little more about the inception of 'Cheek to Cheek'. http://on.today.com/1oLbp48
The long-awaited collaborative jazz album from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, will be released on Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records on Tuesday, September 23. The first taste of this new music is the classic Cole Porter song, “Anything Goes”, available now on iTunes and other digital retailers. An accompanying studio video featuring “Anything Goes” and footage from the recording sessions and moments during the making of Cheek to Cheek is currently available on YouTube and VEVO. Cheek to Cheek represents a collaboration between two legendary musical artists spanning the generations to celebrate jazz music.
Cheek To Cheek features classic jazz standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances. Each song was handpicked by the artists, and the album features classic selections from the Great American Songbook including “Anything Goes,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)," “Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life,” and the record’s title track, “Cheek To Cheek.” Recorded in New York City, the record took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s quartet, MikeRenzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood as well pianist Tom Lanier. Jazz trumpeter Brian Newman, a long-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album as well with his NYC based jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracks include tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and flutist Paul Horn, who passed away earlier this month.
Of this new project Lady Gaga commented, “Cheek To Cheek came out of a very organic friendship and relationship that Tony and I have built over the years and it truly was a collaborative effort. It was important to Tony that this was a jazz record. I’ve been singing jazz since I was a child and really wanted to show the authentic side of the genre. We made an album of jazz classics, but it has a modern twist.”
“I have been singing the Great American Songbook my entire career and all along forging a bridge between pop and jazz music. Creating this album with Lady Gaga has been a beautiful experience as she is a fantastic singer and I am hoping that all her fans will embrace this music and swing along with it.” said Tony Bennett.
Photographer Steven Klein contributed the photographs and spearheaded the artistic design for the album packaging as well as for the first official image released from Cheek To Cheek, which is featured on the “Anything Goes” cover art.
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. “The Lady is A Tramp” was the result of that endeavor and conversations began about collaborating on a jazz project.
Little Monsters - Watch the Today Show tomorrow morning during the 8am hour for a very special announcement from Lady Gaga and a special friend. It's been a long time coming, and you won't want to miss it.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga performed together last night at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Gaga surprised the crowd by joining Bennett on stage for a few special songs.
Lady Gaga’s artRAVE The ARTPOP BALL concerts in both Seattle & Vancouver have been rescheduled. The Seattle performance previously scheduled for Wed. May 28th has been rescheduled to Friday, August 8th at Key Arena. The Vancouver performance, previously scheduled for Friday, May 30th has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 9th at Rogers Arena.
In Seattle, tickets may be purchased at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, Key Arena or charge by phone (800) 745-3000. In Vancouver, tickets may be purchased at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, Rogers Arena or charge by phone (855) 985-5000. Refunds for either show if required will be available at point of purchase.
For Immediate Release.
Lady Gaga’s artRAVE The ARTPOP BALL concerts in both Seattle & Vancouver are postponed.
Unfortunately, as a result of severe bronchitis, the Lady Gaga performances previously scheduled for this evening – Wed. May 28th at Seattle’s KeyArena and in Vancouver this Friday, May 30th at Rogers Arena are postponed, it was announced today by Live Nation.
Fans are instructed to retain their tickets to these events as they will be valid for the rescheduled performances in each city. Information on the rescheduled show dates to be announced.
Tune in to the @iHeartRadio Awards to watch Lady Gaga tell her LA Story. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will air on NBC on Thursday, May 1, at 8/7c.
Want to relive Gaga's final Roseland Ballroom performance? Miss Verizon's live stream of the event? US fans, you can now watch pieces of the show on http://GetMoreGaga.com.
Listen to brand new remixes of “G.U.Y.” from Lovelife, KDrew, Rami Samir Afumi, and Wayne G!
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