Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga will release their critically-acclaimed concert special Cheek to Cheek: Live on Blu-ray on January 20, 2015. The Blu-ray will be distributed by Interscope Records/Universal Music.
The release will feature 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 28, 2014 and premiered on PBS’s award winning series, THIRTEEN’s Great Performances this fall. The concert featured classic selections from the GreatAmerican 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 Blu-ray edition includes 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 bothartists 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 produced by 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 TraditionalPop 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.
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