Veteran crooner Tony Bennett is throwing his support behind a new campaign encouraging children to stay in school and graduate. The legendary singer will take part in a day long broadcast on American Graduate Day next month (27Sep14) from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and U.S. TV station WNET New York.
The broadcast will attempt to boost school graduation rates, and a number of other celebrities will also be taking part, including Girls actress Alison Williams, actor Edward James Olmos, American statesman Colin Powell, and U.S. Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
It will include interviews and performances celebrating the work of groups helping youth to succeed at school and work.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are continuing their unlikely friendship by starring in fashion retailer H&M's 2014 holiday campaign. The two singers are releasing their collaborative album of jazz standards, Cheek to Cheek, this September (14), and their new music will be featured in television commercials for the popular clothing brand starting in November (14).
Gaga and Bennett will also be featured in accompanying print, outdoor and online advertisements, according to Women's Wear Daily.
The Born This Way hitmaker is no stranger to H&M, having made a personal appearance at the opening of the company's Times Square flagship store in New York last year (13).
The duo joins the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Beyonce, Gary Oldman and Johnny Depp who have previously been featured in the brand's campaigns.
Tony Bennett is planning to spend the rest of his life working with Lady Gaga, revealing he's already at work on the follow-up to the odd couple's new jazz standards album Cheek to Cheek. The two singers became friends when Gaga first joined the legendary crooner for his Grammy Award-winning Duets II album in 2011 and now the pair is releasing a record full of its collaborations, titled Cheek to Cheek.
And Bennett hopes to be working with the Poker Face hitmaker for many more years to come.
He tells Billboard.com, "We'll be touring together for quite a while. She's kind of exhausted from playing for 45,000 people a night. She said, 'Let's just play for three to six weeks in Las Vegas'.
"She has the idea of just performing at Radio City for possibly two weeks with her. It's amazing how she's planning out how we should perform together, and it won't be those 45,000-seat places because I work in acoustical halls all the time, or outdoor theatres sometimes.
"I'm not interested in playing to 45,000 people a night, so she's finding places where we could work for three or four days, or three or four weeks, in one place at a time. That's how she wants to work with me."
The pair's new album will be out next month (Sep14) and a TV special, titled Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE!, will debut in the U.S. on 24 October (14).
And then Bennett hopes to star work on a new album - a reworking of Cole Porter's 1936 song cycle Red, Hot & Blue.
He adds, "I received the music for that. When I told Lady Gaga, I said, 'If this (Cheek To Cheek) goes well, we could do a follow-up with Cole Porter, Red, Hot & Blue. She said, 'Why wait? Let's do it right away'. So we're gonna do two albums in a row with her. We'll have to try and do that as soon as possible, just as a follow-up for a second album."
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performed tracks from their jazz collaboration Cheek To Cheek on Monday (28Jul14) ahead of its long-awaited release.
The unlikely pals first teamed up for Bennett's album Duets II in 2011 and have since been working on a collection of jazz cover songs.
The pair premiered the tracks for a TV special concert entitled Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live at New York's Lincoln Center on Monday to mark the release of the record's first single, Anything Goes.
However, one performance was not enough for the duo, so they headed to the St. Jerome's venue in the Big Apple later that evening for an impromptu show.
Gaga writes on Instagram.com, "Long night with my Tony then an impromptu set at St. Jerome's in NY. We can't stop celebrating. Tonight, ANTHING GOES (sic)."
On Tuesday (29Jul14), Gaga and Bennett announced on morning show Today that their album, which has previously been delayed on two occasions, will finally be released on 23 September (14).
The Lincoln Center gig will air in the U.S. in October (14).
Grammy-winning jazz artist Paul Horn has died at the age of 84. The flautist passed away in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday (29Jun14) following a brief illness.
His son Marlen says, "He passed away very peacefully and did not suffer. He wasn't in any pain."
During his five-decade career, Horn played on more than 50 albums and picked up five Grammy nominations, winning two trophies in 1966 for his Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts album.
Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett were among the many artists he performed with.
Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance with crooner Tony Bennett at the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada on Tuesday night (01Jul14). The Born This Way hitmaker is working with the legendary singer on a new jazz-themed album and she stunned Bennett's fans by joining him on stage during his show at Montreal's Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier venue to showcase some of their material.
They performed a number of tracks including jazz standard Lush Life, which Gaga declared to be her "favourite song".
The pop star later shared pictures of herself with Bennett on her Instagram.com page, writing, "Surprise! I sang with Tony tonight in Montreal's Jazz Festival!... I had the time of my life tonight."
The pair worked together on Bennett's 2011 album Duets II and have remained close ever since. Their new record Cheek to Cheek is set to hit shelves later this year (14).
Lady Gaga surprised drinkers at a hotel bar in New York City on Wednesday night (18Jun14) by putting on an impromptu performance. The Poker Face star showed up at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar in Manhattan with jazz musician Brian Newman, who has been working with the singer on a collaboration with Tony Bennett.
The pair put on a brief performance for patrons, and a source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "They sounded great."
Earlier that day, Gaga and Newman had matching tattoos inked as a tribute to Bennett, and they also visited Arlene's Grocery, a music venue where the pop star performed before finding fame.
Lady Gaga now boasts a permanent reminder of her friendship with crooner Tony Bennett after having a tattoo of one of his drawings inked on her arm. The Bad Romance superstar grew close to the Because of You legend in 2011 when they collaborated on his Duets II album, and they have remained firm friends ever since.
Gaga proved her dedication to the 87 year old on Wednesday (18Jun14) when she had the image of a trumpet, sketched by Bennett, tattooed on her inner bicep.
Brian Newman, who is working on Gaga's new jazz-themed record with Bennett, also had the same design permanently etched on his arm.
In a post on Twitter.com, the singer wrote, "Bennedetto. Tony's an artist. He sketched this trumpet and were getting tattoos (sic)... Let's go it's jazz time world."
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett surprised a group of students in New York City by hosting a masterclass on their final day of school. The duo reunited at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a facility Bennett opened in 2001 in his hometown of Astoria, Queens.
The legendary crooner usually attends the annual graduation ceremony, but is unable to make it to this year's (14) event due to his hectic tour schedule. To make up for his absence, he recruited Gaga to join him for a special performance and masterclass at the school's Tony Bennett Concert Hall on Monday (16Jun14).
Bennett and Gaga began the event by discussing jazz music before answering questions from members of the 700-strong audience. Bennett gushed about his eccentric pop star pal, telling the crowd, "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!"
The pair then performed for the audience - Bennett sang The Very Thought of You, while Gaga performed a cover of Cole Porter's Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye. They then came together to sing the standard I Can't Give You Anything but Love, while dancing cheek-to-cheek. A student choir gave the final performance of the event with covers of Bennett's Smile and Gaga's hit song Applause.
Bennett and Gaga first collaborated on his Duets II album in 2011, covering The Lady Is A Tramp, and are currently working on a jazz record slated for release later this year (14).
("They Say It's Wonderful" "Let's Face the Music and Dance" "Always" "When I Lost You" "Change Partners" "Cheek to Cheek" "As Time Goes By" "The Girl I Love" "Stranger in Paradise" "Just in Time" "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"" "Who Can I Turn To?"