Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga took the stage for their first full live concert appearance in New York City in July of last year and performed a special evening of songs from their Grammy winning #1 album, Cheek To Cheek. The broadcast of the concert, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! on PBS Great Performances this past October received critical acclaim and the Television Academy has announced that it has received an Emmy Nominations in the Outstanding Variety Special category.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, who are currently on a sold out world tour and are in Europe, commented, “Filming the PBS Great Performances special was the first time we had a chance to perform these incredible songs from the Great American Songbook for a live audience.” It was a huge thrill and we are so honored to be nominated for an Emmy along with the stellar production and creative team that put their all into the special.”
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! was taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 28, 2014 and premiered on PBS’s award winning series, THIRTEEN’s Great Performances in fall 2014. The concert featured classic selections from the Great American Songbook, each handpicked by the artists, including “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life,” “Anything Goes,” and “Cheek To Cheek.” The DVD and Blu-Ray editions include additional songs not originally aired on television including, “They All Laughed,” “Lady’s In Love With You,” “Goody Goody,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “Don’t Wait Too Long,” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” Throughout the concert, Bennett and Gaga demonstrated a strong camaraderie and affection belying the six-decade age differential, inspiring widespread critical praise upon its initial airing.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! was filmed in stunning 4K Ultra High Definition (HD) before a live audience of fans and invited guests, with set and lighting design by Robert Wilson, 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. A Co-Production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC and Interscope Records, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! was directed for television by David Horn and produced by Mitch Owgang.
The album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted in September at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and also hit #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts. Cheek To Cheek won a Grammy Award in the “Best Traditional Pop Vocal” category earlier this year. With the release of Cheek To Cheek Bennett broke his own record, set in 2011 when Duets II debuted at #1 at the age of 85. Now at 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 #1 album release in just over 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 #1 in both Billboard’s Pop and Jazz Album charts. The DVD of Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! is available everywhere now in a variety of formats including DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.
Tony Bennett is a multiple Emmy Award winner and his last prime time special Tony Bennett: An American Classic won a total of seven Emmy awards making it the most honored program at the Emmys in 2007.
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