Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

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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
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.

September 9, 2014
Hunter Hayes

Rising Country star Hunter Hayes performed as a four-year old with Hank Williams, Jr. and played at the White House at just seven. On his debut album, Hayes performed on all of the instruments and was rewarded with three Grammy nominations in 2013. He released his second album Storyline in May. On this week’s Song Travels, Hayes performs original songs including his hit, “Wanted.”

September 16, 2014
Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka is synonymous with popular music. For more than fifty years, he has written, performed, and produced the soundtrack for America’s collective psyche. Sedaka had a string of early ‘60s pop hits, and his songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Elvis, and the Monkees, among others. On this episode, Feinstein and his guest talk and play iconic pop and great standards, including one of his many hits, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.”

September 23, 2014
Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor is best known for her sensational 1978 hit, “I Will Survive,” which won the only Grammy ever awarded for Best Disco Recording. In the past decade she has released new music on unsuspecting audiences and has been honored with a slate of accolades. Gaynor performs “My Funny Valentine” and joins Feinstein for a duet of “The Very Thought of You.”

September 30, 2014
Thomas Lauderdale

Pianist Thomas Lauderdale is a cofounder of the celebrated orchestral ensemble Pink Martini, which bridges classical, jazz, world music, and old fashioned pop. On this Song Travels, Lauderdale brings along a few of his musical collaborators, including NPR’s Ari Shapiro. Lauderdale solos on “Malagueña” by Ernesto Lecuona and duets with Feinstein on George Gershwin’s “The Man I Love.”
 

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