"The record company says, 'You only do old songs.' That's because I don't like the new ones," cracked Tony Bennett during a ­headlining set with partner-in-swing Lady Gaga at the two-­weekend Jazz & Heritage Festival, which brought upwards of 20,000 ­concertgoers to the New Orleans Fair Grounds during its first three days. Though Bennett and Gaga (who changed her stage apparel eight times ­during their 90-­minute performance) drew the largest crowd at Gentilly Stage, the festival also held true to its Big Easy roots.

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