The anticipation is building for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet’s upcoming album Cheek to Cheek. The album which was to debut January 2014 has been pushed back twice and is now expected to be released in September.
The jazz duo surprised students yesterday hosting a master class at the Frank Sinatra School of Arts in Queens, New York. Gaga tweeted a video of the performance, which featured Cole Porter’s Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.
Bennett and Gaga also performed The Very Thought of You and I Can’t Give You Anything but Love.
Prior to the performance Bennett and Gaga joined moderator Lester Holt to talk about the Great American Songbook and jazz, also taking questions from an audience of more than 700 students.
The pair have great admiration for each other. Bennett said, “[w]hen I first heard Gaga sing, my reaction was that she is going to be bigger than Elvis. She is so bright and intelligent and she has it. In jazz you either got it, the syncopation, the rhythm or you don’t, and when I heard Gaga I said she’s got it!” Gaga mirrored the sentiment saying, “[w]hen I am with Tony I feel like I am fifteen years old at home listening to Ella and Coltrane records. The way he sings is effortless and so prolific. It’s so liberating to be able to sing jazz, especially at this point in my career.”
Gaga wasn’t kidding when she posted to Facebook:
Bennett who founded the school in 2001 attends the graduation every year.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are not the only celebrities who have made an appearance for these students, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel have both held a master class for these lucky kids.
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