Gaga, Tony Bennett surprise graduates with masterclass

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 17:30

New York: Pop star Lady Gaga and singer Tony Bennett surprised a group of students in New York City by hosting a masterclass on their final day of school.

The two reunited at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a facility Bennett opened in 2001 in his hometown of Astoria, Queens, reportedly..

The crooner usually attends the annual graduation ceremony, but is unable to make it to this year`s event due to his hectic tour schedule.

To make up for his absence, he recruited Gaga to join him for a special performance and masterclass at the school`s Tony Bennett Concert Hall Monday.

Bennett and Gaga began the event by discussing jazz music before answering questions from members of the 700-strong audience.

Bennett also gushed about his pop star friend by telling the crowd: "When I first heard Gaga sing, my reaction was that she is going to be bigger than Elvis.

"She is so bright and intelligent and she has `it`. In jazz you either got it, the syncopation, the rhythm, or you don`t, and when I heard Gaga I said she`s got it.”

The two then performed for the audience.

Bennett and Gaga first collaborated on the latter`s Duets II album in 2011, covering “The Lady Is A Tramp”, and are currently working on a jazz record slated for release later this year.

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First Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 17:30

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