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Bieber Swings, Gaga Sings
Duet Reunion with All-Star Cast

The jazz community woke up to the stunning news that Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have decided to reunite for a new duet album featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy & Bess.

All-Star Cast.

In addition to "Biebs" and Gaga, the album will feature saxophonist Rashaad Roland Kirk, Don Cherry on trumpet, Alice Coltrane on piano.  Rounding out the rhythm section will be Jimmy Blanton on upright electric bass and former Goodman drummer Gene Krupa.

April Fools picture Krupa Holdout?

It is rumored that Krupa was a holdout on the project until Gaga and Bieber agreed to include an updated version of the previously unreleased Summertime/Sing, Sing, Sing Medley arranged by Krupa himself.

At right: Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga on a break while recording their first duet album, Doris Day & Johnny Hartman, Together at Last, in  1996.  (Photo courtesy of Hugh Jass.)

Live.

The album will be recorded live and "in costume" at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh on August 8.  After seeing the costume, Lady Gaga was heard commenting, "...these [costumes] are much nicer than the meat dress I wore in 2009."

Tickets.

Tickets are priced from $300 - $1500 depending on seating and will go on sale July 11.  Tickets may be purchased at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, any Dollar Bank, and Romolo Chocolates.

IN MORE AMAZING NEWS, AVANT GARDE SITAR VIRTUOSO PUSS 'N BOOTS AND COUNTRY SAXOPHONE LEGEND BOOTS RANDOLPH WILL SHARE THE STAGE FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH AT NIGHTTOWN IN CLEVELAND, OH ON SEPT. 14!
Titanic
Mostly Moose.

Boots' band will include Rocky and Bullwinkle on trumpet and drums respectively, along with Daffy and Bugs playing bass and piano respectively.  Moose and squirrel just got back from a nine month stint as members of the show band on the newest Carnival Cruise Line ship "Pride of the Titanic" last week.  They've been recuperating in Frostbite Falls before hooking up with Boots in Cleveland the day before the gig.

Conflicts.

Boots and Natasha Bedinov were originally invited to do the gig with Puss but she had a previous commitment performing with Moscow Opera Company's presentation of Mussorgsky's Boris Godinov.

Boots Randolph expressed concern about sharing the stage with Puss until he heard his cover of "Yackety Sax" from Puss' latest release, The Best of Benny Hill.

"The cat can really play," said Randolph.

by Allen Zurcher
March 30, 2014