9:37pm PT by Mitch Myers, Billboard
Lady Gaga Surprises Copenhagen Jazz Festival With Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose": Watch
The 37th edition of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival once again has proven that the swinging Danish city is a place where Americans love to get their jam on.
Last night, following her performance at the Tivoli Gardens Plaenen stage with crooner Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at Copenhagen’s oldest jazz club, La Fontaine. Clearly enjoying herself and giving it her all, the American diva (backed by her band, the Brian Newman Quartet) thrilled the small audience and the venue’s stunned employees by belting out a truly amazing version of Edith Piaf’s signature song, “La Vie en rose.”
The song was written by the famous French cabaret singer in 1945 and released as a single in 1947, selling millions of copies worldwide. It literally means “Life in Pink” but can be understood as the idea of looking at life through rose-colored glasses. Gaga also performed the oft-covered classic at the Hollywood Bowl last month.
In recent years, other pop stars have been popping up at the Copenhagen Jazz Fest. In 2012, Macy Gray and saxophonist David Murray crashed the late-night jam session at the Jazzhus Montmartre, and last year, Stevie Wonder joined American jazz singer Gregory Porter for a quickly planned version of Porter’s protest song “Free.”
Gaga lingered at the La Fontaine for some time after her impromptu performance. She had visited Denmark twice before — once in 2010 and again in 2012 — and obviously knew where to go. And now you do, too.
Watch a video of her performance below.
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