This summer with great anticipation, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga took the stage for their first full live concert appearance in New York City and performed a special evening of songs, many of which from their Grammy nominated, #1 album, Cheek To Cheek. The DVD, Blu-ray and digital download of “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE!” will be released on January 16th, 2015 and features 72 minutes of music and 19 songs – showcasing both vocal duets and solo performances by these two legendary artists.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! was taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 28th, 2014 and premiered on PBS’ award winning series, THIRTEEN’s Great Performances this fall. The concert featured classic selections from the Great American Songbook, each handpicked by the artists, including “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, “Sophisticated Lady”, “Lush Life”, “Anything Goes”, and “Cheek To Cheek”. The DVD and Blu-ray editions include additional songs not originally aired on television, including “They All Laughed”, “Lady’s In Love With You”, “Goody Goody”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, “Don’t Wait Too Long”, and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”. Throughout the concert, Bennett and Gaga demonstrate a strong camaraderie and affection belying the six-decade age differential, inspiring widespread critical praise upon its initial airing.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! was filmed in stunning 4K Ultra High Definition (HD) before a live audience of fans and invited guests, with set and lighting design by Robert Wilson, the stars are joined by a 39-piece orchestra conducted by Jorge Calandrelli, 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. The original broadcast of Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! was directed by David Horn and produced by Mitch Owgang and THIRTEEN Productions LLC.
The album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted in September at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and also hit #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts. Cheek To Cheek was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Traditional Pop Vocal” category. With the release of “Cheek To Cheek”, Bennett broke his own record, set in 2011 when “Duets II” debuted at #1 at the age of 85. Now at 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. “Cheek To Cheek” marks Lady Gaga’s third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years, making her the only female artist this decade to achieve this feat; this is the second time in Bennett’s career that he has had an album debut at #1 in both Billboard’s Pop and Jazz Album charts.
“Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE!” DVD and Blu-ray editions:
2 – Cheek To Cheek
3 – They All Laughed
4 – Lady’s In Love With You (Tony Bennett Solo)
5 – Nature Boy
6 – Goody Goody
7 – How Do You Keep The Music Playing? (Tony Bennett Solo)
8 – Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (Lady Gaga Solo)
9 – Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered (Lady Gaga Solo)
10 – Firefly
11 – I Won’t Dance
12 – Don’t Wait Too Long (Tony Bennett Solo)
13 – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
14 – Lush Life (Tony Solo)
15 – Sophisticated Lady (Tony Bennett Solo)
16 – Let’s Face The Music And Dance
17 – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Lady Gaga Solo)
18 – But Beautiful
19 – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)