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).
Sir Tom Jones is set to receive the Silver Clef lifetime achievement award at a Nordoff Robbins charity event next month (Jul14). The Welsh singer will be feted at a ceremony in London on 4 July (14). Past recipients of the accolade include Barry Gibb and Tony Bennett.
Oprah Winfrey and U.S. President Barack Obama have joined stars including Bette Midler, Tony Bennett, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams to pay tribute to celebrated writer/poet Maya Angelou following her death on Wednesday (28May14). The influential author passed away at her home in North Carolina, just days after ill health prompted her to cancel an appearance at a prizegiving this Friday (30May14), and celebrities took to their Twitter.com blogs to celebrate her life within minutes of the tragic announcement.
Veteran entertainer Midler became one of the first stars to comment on the 86 year old's passing, writing, "The beautiful Maya Angelou died this morning. A big and radiant soul, at rest at last", while crooner Bennett posted, "Maya Angelou was an exceptional writer and human being and her inspiration will continue to enrich us all."
Rihanna praised Angelou as an "angel" and revealed, "The first book I read as a teenager, 'I know why the caged bird sings'. Felt like we knew her", and singer and superproducer Williams mused, "Her light will be sorely missed".
TV titan Winfrey paid a touching tribute to her longtime "mentor, mother/sister, and friend", adding, "She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. 'When you learn, teach. When you get, give,' is one of my best lessons from her... "She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds."
President Obama, who awarded Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, also issued a statement about Angelou's passing, writing in part, "(Wife) Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time: a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman."
A slew of other tributes have also been posted online from the likes of Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington, Beyonce, William Shatner, Kelly Rowland, Lena Dunham, Olivia Munn, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, rapper Nas, and revered U.S. broadcaster Larry King.
Music icon Billy Joel has opened up about trying heroin, revealing his high from the drug inspired his song Scandinavian Skies. The Piano Man celebrated his 65th birthday a week early on Monday (28Apr14) with a Town Hall event moderated by shock jock Howard Stern and broadcast live on Sirius XM.
During the meeting, Stern inquired about Joel's past drug use, and the singer confessed he once tried heroin and the result was the track Scandinavian Skies from his 1982 album, The Nylon Curtain.
Joel recalled, "This was back in the late '70s I think. We were in Amsterdam, and there was all this stuff going on, so I said 'Let me see what this is like.'
"It got me so high I didn't know how to deal with it. You just get way out, just go to another place, and you're into the blues. All you want to hear is the blues. You start drooling, and you get sick."
The star-studded event also included live performances by Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Boyz II Men, Idina Menzel and Tony Bennett, who sang covers of some of Joel's greatest hits.
Officials at a charitable foundation named in honour of the late Amy Winehouse have launched legal action in a bid to get their hands on grand piano autographed by Tony Bennett. Bosses at The Amy Winehouse Foundation (AWF) paid $41,500 (£25,938) for two Steinway baby grand pianos from Ronen Segev's Park Avenue Pianos store in New York last year (13), and had planned to auction them off at a gala fundraiser.
One, signed by Billy Joel, was delivered to the winning bidder without issue, but the person who fought for the Bennett piano failed to hand over the cash, prompting AWF chiefs to ask Segev to deliver the instrument to the charity's offices instead.
According to the lawsuit, Segev refused and has allegedly been holding on to the 1916 Grand Model M baby grand Steinway ever since.
Foundation bosses are seeking the delivery of the piano, or damages equal to its market value.
The Rehab hitmaker's parents established The Amy Winehouse Foundation to support troubled young people after the singer's death from alcohol poisoning in July 2011.
("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?"