The 35th annual Montreal Jazz Festival ended just this past Sunday. Having begun on June 26, the event welcomed in some of the industry's best musicians to perform for crowds and celebrate the wonderful genre of jazz. Legendary crooner Tony Bennett made an appearance in the largest hall, as did the likes of Lady Gaga and Elvis Costello.
At 87-years-old, the New York born and raised "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" singer was joined by the "Do What U Want" headline-maker onstage for a few numbers. Prior to the Jazz Festival, the two were seen just last month around NYC, particularly at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts where they performed for the students towards the end of their school year.
Bennett will be celebrating his 88th birthday next month. Also celebrating another year of living will be Elvis Costello, who turns 60-years-old in August.
The "Allison" rebel has currently been on tour and is making music with his all-star Bob Dylan-influenced band. The outfit is made up of Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford, Carolina Chocolate Drop's Rhiannon Giddens and Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith. Together, along with T Bone Burnett, the group has taken old Bob Dylan lyrics from 1967 and put music to them for an album titled Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes.
Both Lost on the River and new music from Tony Bennett are said to be released this fall.
Bennett collaborated with Gaga a few years ago on Duets II and Costello on the first Duets album. The new duets record will reportedly be titled Cheek to Cheek.