Top 5 Lady Gaga Jazz Performances
At this point in Lady Gaga’s career, we can absolutely say that she is one of the most versatile musicians in the industry.
She’s mastered pop, rock, country, rap (yes, we can’t forget about Jewels N’ Drugs from ARTPOP) and even jazz.
Lady Gaga made a bold move to the jazz scene thanks to Tony Bennett, who asked her to make a record back in 2012. They embarked on a journey to make her first jazz album, Cheek to Cheek in 2014.
The album featured musicians from both parties including Tony Bennett’s quartet and Lady Gaga’s long time friend and trumpeter, Brian Newman.
Now, Lady Gaga has a jazz show in Vegas that is seperate from her Enigma residency.
The top five Lady Gaga jazz performances are based solely on my opinion. This list is not based any chart related information
#5 – La Vie En Rose
Lady Gaga has performed this song live a number of times at small shows, but she really dominated this song on the big screen in her introduction in A Star Is Born.
Anytime she sings this song it’s completely captivating. She doesn’t miss a note, and even having the capability of singing in French is a wow-factor in itself.
#4 – The Lady Is A Tramp
Before Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga created Cheek to Cheek, they performed “The Lady Is a Tramp” together for a ABC’s Thanksgiving Special called, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.
They couldn’t believe Lady Gaga had gone from her crazy roots, to a simple yet beautiful jazz performance.
#3 – Fly Me To The Moon
Fly Me to the Moon was written by Bart Howard and originally sung by Kaye Ballard. Frank Sinatra re-recorded the song 10 years later, which sky-rocketed once it was associated with NASA’s Apollo Space Program
Lady Gaga continued to show off her jazz chops by attending jazz night at Black Rabbit Hole in Hollywood where had an impromptu performance of two Frank Sinatra songs.
What’s so great about this performance is the amount of fun her and the band are having. The drummer is having the time of his life while the saxophonist and bass player are following her lead. It really shows what jazz music is all about–vibing with one another and getting lost in the music.
While this performance may not be the most memorable, it’s definitely worth noticing and why its in my top five.
#2 – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
Originally composed by Duke Ellington and written by Irving Mills.
“To me, this song is that feeling when none of the stuff that’s in your head matters at all because when that music comes on it’s like, lights out.” This is what Lady Gaga says in the beginning of the video.
This feeling is represented in this performance because she truly goes off!
When I think of Lady Gaga’s jazz career, this is the first song I think of. Probably because it’s the first one I heard from Cheek to Cheek, but it truly is one of my favorites.
The peppiness, plus the musicality and her and Tony’s voices really makes it fun to listen to.
#1 – Nature Boy
Lady Gaga’s delivery in this Nat King Cole classic is just stunning. Nat King Cole made singing this song seem so easy and Lady Gaga’s version shows the vocal range the song also calls for.
The fact that her voice can go from grungy and soulful on other tracks, to high and lightweight really just amazes me. She really has full control in what her voice can do.