Bennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazz
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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Kids, singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have homework for you. They want you to listen to their new jazz album.

The Grammy Award winners say they hope "Cheek to Cheek," an album featuring selections from the Great American Songbook, will turn younger people on to jazz music. The Great American Songbook includes some of the best American music of the 20th century.

"The point of this album is not only to bring Tony and I together to collaborate. But to bring jazz to an entirely new audience," Gaga said. "This is really about us giving jazz what it deserves, which is the upmost respect and upmost praise."

"Cheek to Cheek" features covers of songs from Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" to Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" to Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life." Gaga and Bennett have worked on the album, to be released Tuesday, for two years.

"Besides having the whole world enjoying her right now, she has a vast group of young people who love her. And they've never heard popular jazz music, classical American music," Bennett said. "And my ambition was to do this album so they would get acquainted with that music."

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 with multiple No. 1 hits flavored with dance and electronic beats.

"It's truer to my nature," she said of recording jazz. "Because so much of what I've done has been heavily Auto-Tuned or made very electronic to fit on the radio. But this is so much easier because I'm a rebel and this is really rebellious for me to say goodbye to pop for a moment and just sing some pure jazz." Auto Tune is an electronic process that can artificially improve sound.

"The truth is that this is the original pop music of America," she added. "And I've been trying to explain to my fans in the best way that I can that these songs are truly timeless."

Gaga, 28, and Bennett, 88, first collaborated in 2011 on "The Lady Is a Tramp." The song appeared on Bennett's album "Duets II." It sold more than 1 million copies and won two Grammy Awards.

Bennett, who had his first number one song in 1951, said the key to his longevity 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, because he learned not to compromise on quality.

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

Critical thinking challenge: Why does this collaboration have a better chance of introducing jazz to kids? What does Lady Gaga add to the equation?

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  • krystalv-Koc
    9/28/2014 - 11:16 p.m.

    Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, two well-known singers from different generations, collaborated together to create a jazz album. The album is supposed to be oriented towards a younger audience, fans, and the current generation. Its a good idea to have a pop icon influence our generation to be more diverse in different types of music.

  • soniav-Koc
    9/29/2014 - 01:27 a.m.

    I agree with them, kids really should know more about jazz. It's important to know where the music we have nowadays comes from; a lot of it stems from earlier jazz, rhythm and blues, and so on. Knowing about the evolution of music will help it expand in the future.

  • 20Spaquette
    9/29/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    I think that this is a very good idea so kids will want to be more laid back and listen to calmer music. I also think that this is a good idea to bring back old hits. I bet that Lady Gaga will have more fun with jazz music. I think that Lady Gaga should collaborate with more people, so we can hear some good music.

  • alisonm-Koc
    9/29/2014 - 01:09 p.m.

    I cant personally speak for other kids, but i grew up on jazz and i love the new album. I think kids could benefit from listening and learning a little more about jazz

  • JacquelynS-3
    9/30/2014 - 01:34 a.m.

    Singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have collaborated and come out with a new jazz album called "Cheek to Cheek." It features many covers of jazz classics, and is meant to bring jazz to an entirely new audience. Gaga says, "It's truer to my nature, because so much of what I've done has been heavily Auto-Tuned or made very electronic to fit the radio." Bennett and Gaga first collaborated together in 2011 on "The Lady is a Tramp," which appeared in Bennett's album "Duets II." It sold more than 1 million copies and won two Grammy Awards.

  • cp2000nirvana
    9/30/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    I personally like lady gagas music and I don't like listening to jazz often but in my opinion I love her music but I think she should stick to pop

  • SammaT-Pol
    10/03/2014 - 02:36 p.m.

    In article Lady Gaga and Tong Bennett want kids to listen to there new jazz song" Cheek to Cheek". They say children listen to, too much pop music and don't know any about Jazz music. Which is true, many kids listen to only Pop music and don't know any jazz music. So go listen to lady Gaga and Tony Bennett new song Cheek to Cheek!

  • Purplewhiskers
    10/06/2014 - 01:49 p.m.

    I didn't even know that Gaga was liked jazz. I'm not really her biggest fan or anything. It's interesting to hear something new and unexpected from a pop star.

  • tyedyepanther
    10/07/2014 - 12:18 p.m.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Lady Gaga isn't a good pop artist or anything, but i think that jazz suits her a lot better.At least now she not wearing meat dresses and acting like a guy in music videos.

  • SydneyL-3
    10/09/2014 - 07:16 p.m.

    This article is about superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's collaboration on their jazz album "Cheek to Cheek." The album features songs such as Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," Billy Strayhorns "Lush Life," and more, all covered by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. The two want to bring jazz to an entirely new audience. Much of Gaga's previous work includes heavily auto-tuning and made very electronic. She first started singing jazz when she was 13, and then in 2008 had multiple number 1 dance and electronic hits. She bows wants to get back and just sing some pure jazz. I found this article to be interesting because I would have never thought of Lady Gaga making a jazz album. I also think that it is good for her to branch out and try some new things.

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