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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Make Surprise Appearance At New York School
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.17.2014

Billboard reports that Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City last night. They performed and hosted a master class in the school's Tony Bennett Concert Hall. Bennett opened the school in 2001 in his hometown of Astoria, Queens. He usually attends graduation but can't this year because of his tour schedule.

They spoke with NBC's Lester Holt, who was the moderator. They talked about jazz music, The Great American Songbook, creativity and more, including questions from the 700 students in attendance. Bennett performed "The Very Thought of You" while Gaga sang Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye". They then performed a duet of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", along with a slow dance.

The two started working together after they performed at the Robin Hood Foundation benefit gala in 2011 and sang the duet "The Lady Is A Tramp" on Bennett's Duets II album.

Bennett said: "When 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 added: "When 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."

The student choirs then performed a version of Tony Bennett's "Smile" and Lady Gaga's "Applause".

Gaga and Bennett are working on a jazz album that will be released later this year. They're the latest musicians with master classes at the Frank Sinatra school including Billy Joel and Paul McCartney.


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