Tony Bennett: Parker Made Him Vomit

In this new interview, the King of Perpetual Cool, Tony Bennett, remembers his initial encounter with the jazzman Charlie Parker: ‘I regurgitated. It was so phenomenal, so emphatic … It was more music than I ever heard anyone play at one time. I just couldn’t believe how great it was.’ Bennett also has high praise for Jimmy Durante (“He was better than anybody”) and Lady Gaga (“She’s very intelligent”).

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