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
July 15, 2014
Madeleine Peyroux

Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux started out busking on the streets of Paris. Today she's an acclaimed performer whose voice recalls radio's Golden Age no matter what the tune. On this edition of Song Travels, Peyroux discusses Ray Charles as a musical mentor and teams up with host Feinstein for "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter."

July 22, 2014
Hunger Hayes

Rising Country star Hunter Hayes performed at age four with Hank Williams, Jr. On his debut album, Hayes played all of the instruments and was acknowledged with three Grammy nominations in 2013. On this week's Song Travels, Hayes performs his original songs including the chart-topping hit, "Somebody's Heartbreak."

July 29, 2014
Rob Schwimmer

Composer/pianist Rob Schwimmer has worked with top artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler. He has also penned scores for Oscar-winning short films and is a master of the theremin (known for the music heard in classic horror films). He joins host Feinstein to talk about the endurance of standards and to perform a few of his favorites.

August 5, 2014
Eric Hutchinson

Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson's self-released debut album landed him in the top ten on iTunes' album chart. This wry lyricist draws inspiration from the masters, including Lennon & McCartney, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, and Cole Porter. This week he shares the secret to his powerful brand of pop.

August 12, 2014
Dean Kaye 

Dena Kaye is the only daughter of entertainer Danny Kaye—a man of boundless roles including singer, actor, comedian, and humanitarian. This week Dena Kaye looks back on her late father’s career as well as the role he played in her life—her father.

August 19, 2014
Curtis Stigers 

Saxophonist, vocalist, and songwriter Curtis Stigers wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song for the TV show Sons of Anarchy. Throughout his career he’s straddled genres, and he’s gained critical acclaim for his reinventions of jazz and modern standards. On this Song Travels, Stigers joins host Michael Feinstein to discuss his journey to become a songwriter and offers his interpretation of a Rodgers and Hart song, “You Are Too Beautiful.”

August 26, 2014
Kate Davis 

Vocalist, bassist, and songwriter Kate Davis was recognized as a National Young Arts Silver Winner and twice invited to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. Hailed as a “talent not to be missed” by The Herald Tribune, she’s performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center and Rockwood Music Hall. On this Song Travels, Davis performs her original songs “Movie” and “Every Good Girl is a Unicorn.”

September 2, 2014
Miloš Karadaglić 

Classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić began performing as his country, the former Yugoslavia, was being torn apart by war. He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, and his hard work paid off with a highly acclaimed 2012 solo concert at Royal Albert Hall. Karadaglić brings his love of Latin music to Song Travels with pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine tango master Astor Piazolla. album chart. This wry lyricist draws inspiration from the masters, including Lennon & McCartney, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, and Cole Porter. This week he shares the secret to his powerful brand of pop.

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