Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

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Tuesday 9pm - 10pm
The renowned "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook" and five-time Grammy nominated performer Michael Feinstein hosts Song Travels, a series examining how popular standards and show tunes have evolved through the years. From the production team that brought you Piano Jazz, the program expands upon the genre of American Popular Song and reimagines it for a new century.

Each week a new guest joins Feinstein for intimate explorations of the journeys of songs and the artists who perform them. The line-up spans the musical spectrum, from Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler, to violinist Joshua Bell and Pink Martini pianist Thomas Lauderdale, and U.K. current pop sensation Rumer, bringing the Great American Songbook to a whole new audience. Each guest shares their passion for the songs through solo performances and duets with Feinstein, illustrating the continuing development of the songs across time.


Program Listings
April 22, 2014
Brandy Clark

Country vocalist and songwriter Brandy Clark has written major hits for modern country artists Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and The Band Perry. With her acclaimed debut solo album, 12 Stories, she revitalizes the tradition of storytelling in country music with darkly humorous songs that speak from the experiences of a modern woman. Clark performs a set of her original songs including “Pray to Jesus” and “Take a Little Pill.”

April 29, 2014
Christine Ebersole

Tony Award-winning actress/vocalist Christine Ebersole has been a stage and screen presence for more than 30 years. Her resume includes the musical Grey Gardens, the Broadway production of Oklahoma!, the TV drama One Life to Live, and FX’s American Horror Story: Coven. A recording artist as well as a performer, Ebersole presents a number of her favorite tracks, such as “Two for the Road” and “Shall We Dance?”

May 6, 2014
Patti Austin

Vocalist Patti Austin made her debut at age four at the Apollo Theatre. In her career she has been a prolific session musician and top performer on commercials which earned her the moniker “Queen of the Jingles.” Her duet partners include Michael Jackson, George Benson, and Luther Vandross. Austin joins Feinstein to talk about their mutual admiration for Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., and the Gershwins.

May 13, 2014
Dianne Schuur

Blessed with perfect pitch and a resonant voice, vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur received her training at the Washington State School for the Blind. Today Schuur is a two-time Grammy winner and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House. Her album Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra spent 33 weeks at Number One on the Billboard jazz charts. On this week's Song Travels she swings on a few favorite tunes including "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "The Very Thought of You."

May 20, 2014
Tom Wopat
Actor and vocalist Tom Wopat rose to fame when he was cast in the role of Luke Duke on the iconic TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard. More roles soon followed, including the TV show Cybil and the touring production of Annie Get Your Gun. He also made a cameo appearance in the 2012 film Django Unchained. Wopat has also honed his craft as a songwriter and recording artist as well. On this Song Travels, he performs a set of his interpretations from the Great American Songbook.

May 27, 2014
Richard Sherman

Composer Richard Sherman and his brother, the late Robert Sherman, formed one of Walt Disney’s most renowned songwriting teams. The pair composed scores and memorable songs for classic films including Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Parent Trap, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Their accolades include two Academy Awards, two Grammys, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

June 3, 2014
Johnny Mathis

Jazz & pop vocalist Johnny Mathis has been wowing listeners since the 1950s with his dynamic voice backed by lush arrangements of ballads like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and his definitive version of “Misty.” This week the two-time Grammy Hall of Famer reveals what lies behind his enduring success.

June 10, 2014
Eleni Mandell

Vocalist/songwriter Eleni Mandell draws inspiration from the sound of Los Angeles-based musician Chuck E. Weiss, the gritty poetry of Tom Waits, and the cool edge of LA punk band X. Her own albums have been compared to work by artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Chan Marshall (Cat Power). Mandell brings her novel take on the singer/ songwriter tradition to this week's program

June 17, 2014
Sean Sullivan

A two-time winner of the John Lennon Songwriting contest, vocalist Sean Sullivan derives his style from a wide swath of the musical landscape, including jazz, standards, blues, and bossa nova. When he was a student at the New School, he formed a bond with jazz legend Jon Hendricks, who showed him the ropes of the New York jazz scene. On this Song Travels Sullivan employs his rich soulful voice and guitar for an eclectic set of covers and originals.

June 24, 2014
Valerie Simpson

Singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson and her late husband Nick Ashford formed one of the most powerful singing and songwriting duos of the modern era. These undisputed master architects of soul and R&B penned hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “Solid.” Simpson reminisces about their work and life together and shares the music that resulted from their amazing collaboration. 

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