(Mitch Myers’s article appeared in Billboard, 7/9.)

The 37th edition of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival has once again proven that the swinging Danish city is a place where Americans love to get their jam on.

Last night, following her performance at 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 players, the Brian Newman Quintet) 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 (looking at) life through rose-colored glasses. Gaga also performed the oft-covered classic at the Hollywood Bowl last month.


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