The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein, explores the legendary songs of 20th century America in a new NPR series, Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. Produced by SCETV Radio, the series surveys the passage of American Popular Song throughout the American landscape, evolving with each artist and performance.
Beginning with his tutelage under Ira Gershwin, Feinstein has mastered the history and performance of American popular music and today, re-imagines this music for a new century, as he welcomes guests to share unique stories through their own “song travels” through the Great American Songbook. Guests include Joshua Bell, Thomas Lauderdale (Pink Martini), Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli and Rumer.
Host Michael Feinstein welcomes a new guest each week to explore the genre of American Popular Song, examining how these great songs have evolved through the years, changing with each interpretation and artist. Guests as diverse as Joshua Bell, Bette Midler, Cheyenne Jackson, Rumer, Thomas Lauderdale, and Liza Minnelli give intimate performances and share personal insights of his or her interpretation of the Great American Songbook.
Friday, February 28, 2014 1:23pm
Vocalist Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit, "Don’t Worry Be Happy," which was the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year. McFerrin also has five Grammy wins for best Male Jazz Vocal and has toured a concert version of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. On this Song Travels, McFerrin joins host Michael Feinstein to talk about his musical evolution. In addition to demonstrations of his a cappella style, McFerrin performs a number of songs from Porgy and Bess and shares a bluegrass track from his 2013 album, Spirityouall.
Friday, February 21, 2014 5:35pm
Wayne Brady became a household name by improvising on the popular TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? The singer, actor, dancer and comedian has also appeared in the stage productions Rent and Chicago, and he became host of the game show Let's Make a Deal in 2009. On this Song Travels, Brady discusses his two major musical influences: Sammy Davis Jr. and Sam Cooke. With his musical director Cat Gray at the piano, Brady performs the Cooke classic "You Send Me," and host Michael Feinstein joins Brady in a duet of "It's Only a Paper Moon."
Friday, February 14, 2014 2:33pm
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash is the daughter of Country music icon Johnny Cash and one of the preeminent artists of her time, with eleven number one Country singles. Her 2009 album, The List, won the Americana Music Award for Best Album of the Year. On this week's Song Travels, Cash and her husband and co-writer, John Leventhal, join host Michael Feinstein to talk about their journey to the South to gather inspiration for their latest album, The River & the Thread.
Friday, February 7, 2014 6:13pm
Pianist, singer, composer, and producer Allen Toussaint is one of the leading figures of New Orleans R&B. His hits include "Working in a Coalmine" and "Lady Marmalade." He's worked with artists including The Meters, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and Elvis Costello. On this week's Song Travels, Toussaint joins host Michael Feinstein to talk about the iconic recordings of his original songs, "Mother in Law" and "Whipped Cream." Toussaint performs his compositions live, including "Get Out of My Life Woman" and "Southern Nights."
Friday, January 31, 2014 5:23pm
Three-time Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch became a star on Broadway before going on to play acclaimed film and television roles. Recently she played Colleen, mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy, on the hit sitcom 30 Rock. After more than forty years in New York, Elaine Stritch moved home to Michigan. But before leaving town, she sat down with host Michael Feinstein for a Song Travels full of hilarious musical highlights and candid talk about her life and career in the spotlight.