Bennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazz U.S. singers Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett pose on the balcony of Brussels townhall (AP photo / Reuters)
Bennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazz
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Singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga want kids to listen and learn about their new jazz music album.

Bennett and Lady Gaga have won major awards for their music. Now they hope their album will turn younger people on to jazz. The album is called "Cheek to Cheek." Jazz is music that began in America and played by some of its greatest musicians.

Gaga is 28 years old and Bennett is 88. They have worked on the album for two years. It will be released Tuesday.

"She has a vast group of young people who love her," Bennett said of Gaga.

Gaga, like Bennett, grew up in New York. She has been singing jazz music since she was 13. She broke onto the music scene in 2008. She performed No. 1 hits with dance and electronic beats.

"The truth is that this is the original pop music of America," Lady Gaga said. "These songs are truly timeless."

Gaga and Bennett first worked together in 2011 on "The Lady Is a Tramp." The song appeared on Bennett's album "Duets II." It sold more than 1 million copies.

Bennett had his first number one song 63 years ago. That was in 1951. He said the key to his long career is maintaining high standards.

"I joined the American Theatre Wing (after fighting in World War II). And it was the best choice I ever made," he said. He learned not to compromise on quality.

"And now," he said, "it's all paid off."

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COMMENTS (4)
  • tallenl
    9/24/2014 - 10:43 a.m.

    lady gaga wants kids to be more interested jazz from her new album.

  • Novalee-L
    10/01/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    I think it's really amazing that Tony Bennett worked with Lady Gaga.

  • Melah-L
    10/01/2014 - 01:07 p.m.

    I loved the part wen I reed about Bennett, who is 88 years old. That was funny because Lady Gaga is 28. People that are old usually just sit around and watch TV all day. He's still acting like a young person.

  • Ashley0207-yyca
    10/02/2014 - 10:26 p.m.

    I didn't know that Lady Gaga and Tony Benett compromise to make a jazz song. I think that it was great to compromise to make a jazz song together. I agree that they should make a jazz song because music can inspire people to dance. I learned that compromising is a great way to do something. I am amazed that only two people had made a jazz song because there needs to be at least more than two people to make a song.

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