LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Live Nation is pleased to announce a very special evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga on Sunday, Feb. 8 at The Wiltern to celebrate their new collaborative jazz album Cheek To Cheek. The special post-Grammy® performance begins at 9:30 p.m. and will feature both big band and orchestra. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Cheek To Cheek was released this week on Sept. 23 and has been greeted with widespread praise and critical acclaim.
Cheek To Cheek features classic jazz standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances. From the title track to “But Beautiful” to “I Won’t Dance,” the record showcases the chemistry between the two artists, who span 60 years in age. As Bennett says, “What I really love about being a jazz singer is that jazz artists are very creative, very honest, from phrase to phrase” and Lady Gaga adds, “We wanted to make something that sounded perfect because of the quality of the emotion…the honesty.” Cheek To Cheek also features the Lady Gaga solo “Lush Life,” accompanied by Tony Bennett’s solo of “Sophisticated Lady.” The two songs complement each other, as Lady Gaga explains, “I loved making ‘Lush Life,’ Tony mentored me emotionally through the process,” and Tony Bennett adds, “I sang ‘Sophisticated Lady’ to answer her on ‘Lush Life,’ and because Duke Ellington wrote it, who collaborated with Billy Strayhorn, the writer of ‘Lush Life.'” Recorded in New York City, Cheek To Cheek took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s quartet: Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood as well pianist Tom Ranier. 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, trumpeter George Rabbai and flutist Paul Horn, who passed away in July.
“We are thrilled to present this very special show particularly on a night that acknowledges greatness in music,” said Arthur Fogel, president of global touring and chairman of global music, Live Nation.
Tickets for the Citi presented Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga performance Feb. 8 at The Wiltern will go on sale Friday, Oct. 3 at 10:00 a.m. available at Wiltern.com, Ticketmaster or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. This very special post-Grammy® performance will be a 9:30 p.m. show (doors at 8:30 p.m.). Tickets will be available for members of both artists’ fan clubs beginning Monday, Sept. 29 at 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 5:00 p.m.
Citi is the presenting and official credit card of this very special performance with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 10:00 a.m. through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com. As the official Vodka sponsor, Absolut is pleased to celebrate this inspiring artistic collaboration.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.
What the critics are saying about
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek:
An unlikely pairing results in beautiful music…She’s a revelation” – People Magazine
“A sassy Gaga enthusiastically belts out her lines, while Bennett is as always elegant and precise in his phrasing.” – Associated Press
“‘Cheek to Cheek’ serves up the real thing, start to finish. If you didn’t know the name of the vocalist and the kind of publicity that surrounds her, you’d surely say: Who’s that swing singer, and why haven’t I heard of her before?” – Chicago Tribune
“Gaga and Bennett? It’s an epic musical mash-up” –
“‘Cheek to Cheek’ is a straightforward jazz album, gorgeous and well crafted, with Gaga supporting the masterful Bennett at every turn.” – Newsday
“…Magical results…glorious jazz album…a musical match made in jazz/standards heaven…there is so much to enjoy and discover…intoxicating prowess…” – Chicago Sun Times
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Contact for Lady Gaga: Amanda Silverman/42 West, [email protected], 212-774-3683; Dennis Dennehy/Interscope Geffen A&M, [email protected], 310-865-7934; Contact for Tony Bennett: Sylvia Weiner/RPM Productions, [email protected], 908-301-1779; Contact for Live Nation: Jacqueline Peterson, [email protected], 310-360-3051