Song Travels with Michael Feinstein - Summer 2013
July 2, 2013
Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor is at home playing bluegrass, country, jazz, and classical. And his approach to teaching strings is considered a rival to the Suzuki method. Feinstein and O’Connor get together to explore American music, including a performance of Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” on this week’s Song Travels.
July 9, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick has been a pillar of Broadway for over 50 years. His hit musicals include Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Phantom Tollbooth. On this Song Travels, Harnick takes listeners on a musical journey through his career’s stories and songs.
July 16, 2013
Singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson and late husband Nick Ashford formed one of the most powerful musical duos of the modern era. These master architects of Soul penned hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “Solid.” This week Simpson reminisces about their work and life.
July 23, 2013
Chris Young was the 2006 winner of the TV series Nashville Star and is fast earning a spot among today’s top country voices. In 2010, he was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. With guitarist Kevin Collier, Young brings his rich voice to a set of original songs and old favorites, including “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
July 30, 2013
Dena Kaye is the only daughter of entertainer Danny Kaye: a man of boundless roles including singer, actor, comedian & humanitarian. This week Dena Kaye looks back on her late father’s career as well as the role he played in life: her dad.
August 6, 2013
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.”
August 13, 2013
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.”
August 20, 2013
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 (the instrument known for the music heard in classic horror films). Schwimmer joins host Feinstein to talk about the endurance of standards and to perform a few of his favorites.
August 27, 2013
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.
September 3, 2013
Pop icon Barry Manilow got his start arranging for TV and writing commercial jingles. He was Bette Midler’s pianist before he recorded his 1974 breakout hit, “Mandy.” The rest is chart topping history. Manilow joins Feinstein for this hour, and performs his tune “I Am Your Child.”
September 10, 2013
R&B singer/songwriter James Ingram rose to prominence with the 1982 hit “Baby, Come To Me” (a duet with Patti Austin) and continued a string of successful partnerships with hit-makers including Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, and Barry White. He has been nominated for 14 Grammy awards, including a 1987 win for “Somewhere Out There.” This week Ingram shares the inspiration for his chart-topping collaborations.
September 17, 2013
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.
September 24, 2013
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.
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