Must See TV with ‘Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live!’ [Video]
"Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live!" is an evening of classic jazz standards in both duets and solo, – will air on "Thirteen's Great Performances" on Friday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS.
Taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 28, the concert features classic selections from the Great American Songbook, each hand-picked by the artists, including "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 No. 1 chart topping album, "Cheek To Cheek."
The album debuted last week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and also hit #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts. With the release of "Cheek To Cheek," Bennett broke his own record, set in 2011 when "Duets II" debuted at No. 1 at the age of 85.
Now 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 No. 1 album release in 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 No. 1 in both Billboard's pop and jazz album charts.
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.
This is truly must see TV!