September 29, 2023


Arts Eternal

Glitz, glamour and Gaga: ‘Jazz & Piano’ provides quintessential Vegas show experience

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Girl Gaga performs throughout her ‘JAZZ & PIANO’ residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on January 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lady Gaga’s “Jazz & Piano” residency, again in enterprise at Park MGM for the to start with time considering that Las Vegas rang in New Year’s 2020, has it all.

Tune. Dance. Significant Band seem. Glitz and glamour. Tales. And more.

The Academy Award and multi-Grammy winner, suffice it to say, places on what is the quintessential Las Vegas clearly show.

For extra than two hours Thursday, Gaga — backed by a whole orchestra and the Brian Newman Quintet — entertained with expectations from the Terrific American Songbook, which includes quantities from Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Bart Howard and Frank Loesser. Gaga also sent stripped-down versions of four of her own hits — “Is any person right here a enthusiast of my outdated records?” she questioned shyly — like “Born This Way” and “Poker Encounter.”

“To be asked to sing jazz in Las Vegas, which is a dream,” Gaga defined to the audience for the duration of just one of the lulls among tunes. Noting that some of the music in the present ended up approximately 100 several years previous, “I truly feel honored to sing some of my strike songs” along with them, she claimed.

And sing she did. The classically properly trained Gaga was mesmerizing all evening, both equally guiding the microphone and on the piano. On “I Just cannot Give You Everything But Like,” she even dipped into a Satchmo-like Louis Armstrong voice.

Her accompaniment was spot-on also. Newman on trumpet, Daniel Foose on the stand-up bass, pianist Alex Smith, Steve Kortyka on saxophone and drummer Donald Barrett proved extra than worthy backups for Gaga — especially Newman jamming on Cole’s “Orange Coloured Sky” and Kortyka blasting away with Newman in a horn vs. horn battle in the course of “Rags to Riches.”

There were numerous costume adjustments for the usually-stylish Gaga. Various of the outfits, according to the Hollywood Reporter, were made by her sister, Natali Germanotta. A single outfit, a sparkling tassel dress reminiscent of a 1920s flapper, gave Gaga the possibility to shoot a brief buttshot to the viewers in the course of “Call Me Irresponsible.”

But Gaga was just about anything but irresponsible. She told story soon after tale about her love for jazz and its record in The usa. And with that, she also heaped praise on her from time to time duet lover, Tony Bennett.

With the release of “Love for Sale,” their most current album transpiring just months prior to the present, the 95-calendar year-old crooner was definitely on Gaga’s thoughts. Bennett’s relatives previously this yr disclosed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and Gaga didn’t disguise her appreciate for him.

“Everybody asks me about Tony, and they get actual significant: ‘What’s it like singing with anyone with Alzheimer’s?’

“I say, it’s Tony’s mother nature that is shifting. Tony’s not transforming,” she mentioned.


 “Luck Be A Lady” (Frank Loesser, 1950)

 “Orange Colored Sky” (Nat King Cole, 1961)

 “Love for Sale” (Cole Porter, 1930)

 “Call Me Irresponsible” (Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, 1962)

 “Poker Face” (2008)

 “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” (Sonny Bono, 1966)

 “I Simply cannot Give You Anything But Love” (Django Reinhardt, 1936)

 “Let’s Do It (Let us Tumble in Really like)” (Cole Porter, 1928)

 “Do I Like You” (Cole Porter, 1939)

 “Born This Way” (2011)

 “Rags to Riches” (Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, 1953)

 “Mambo Italiano” (Bob Merrill, 1954)

 “Coquette” (Carmen Lombardo and Johnny Green, 1928)

 “What a Distinction a Working day Makes” (Maria Grever, 1934)

 “Paparazzi” (2007)

 “La Vie en Rose” (Edith Piaf, 1945)

 “You’re the Top” (Cole Porter and John McGlinn, 1934)

 “Bad Romance” (2009)

 “Fly Me to the Moon” (Bart Howard, 1954)

 “Theme from New York, New York” (John Kander and Fred Ebb, 1977)