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Sunday - June 29, 2014
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.
Sunday - June 22, 2014
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.
Sunday - June 15, 2014
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
Sunday - June 08, 2014
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.
Sunday - June 01, 2014
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.
Sunday - May 25, 2014
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.
Sunday - May 18, 2014
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."
Sunday - May 11, 2014
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.
Sunday - May 04, 2014
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?”
Sunday - April 27, 2014
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.”
Sunday - April 20, 2014
Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson is equally at home on stage and in front of the camera. He won a Theatre World Award for his role in All Shook Up, and his television roles include stints on 30 Rock, Glee, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Jackson joins Feinstein to perform a set of favorite tunes, including selections from the album, The Power of Two.
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Sunday - April 13, 2014
Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is widely known to the public radio audience as the host of NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. In addition to her Tony award-winning role in The Wiz (1975), she has performed in shows including Sophisticated Ladies, Cabaret, and Lady Day. She’s also worked with jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, and Horace Silver. This week, Bridgewater shares her renditions of “God Bless the Child” and “Good Morning Heartache.”
Sunday - April 06, 2014
One of the most prominent songwriters of his era, Jimmy Webb has written for artists including Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, and the Fifth Dimension. He has earned multiple Grammys, membership in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters. In this session Webb presents some of his most memorable songs including “Galveston” and “MacArthur Park.”
Ann Hampton Callaway
Sunday - March 30, 2014
Tony nominated actress, vocalist, and Platinum Award-winning songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway has sung with top orchestras and Big Bands the world over, including performances before President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC and Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow. As a songwriter, she has penned tunes for Barbara Streisand and wrote and sang the theme to the hit sitcom The Nanny.
Sunday - March 23, 2014
Rumer (Sarah Joyce) was raised in England and Pakistan, and her sound reveals a deep connection to the ‘70s singer/songwriter era, along with shades of Broadway, ‘30s jazz, and Gospel. Her debut album, Seasons of My Soul, reached #3 on the UK charts and was certified platinum. Rumer joins Feinstein to talk about Judy Garland, Burt Bacharach, and old Hollywood, and performs a set including “I Loves You, Porgy,” “That’s All,” and her own tune, “Come To Me High.”
Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey
Sunday - March 16, 2014
Peter, Paul & Mary rode the 1960s folk wave to worldwide acclaim. Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, along with the late Mary Travers, performed enduring anthems of social change including “If I Had a Hammer” and Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” as well as the light-hearted “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” Yarrow and Stookey continue their remarkable fifty-plus-year career together and continue to sound the clarion call to social change.
Sunday - March 09, 2014
Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has headlined national venues including Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and the Kennedy Center. And she has earned five Grammy nominations, including four consecutive nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album. With her latest project, After Blue, Sutton takes on the genius of Pop & Folk singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. Alongside her guitarist Serge Merlaud, Sutton performs a set of standards including “Fly Me to the Moon” and “You Must Believe in Spring.”
Sunday - March 02, 2014
Vocalist Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit, “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” which was the first a capella song to reach Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year. He is also an accomplished jazz artist, with five Grammy wins for Best Male Jazz vocal, and has created a concert version of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. McFerrin stops by the Song Travels studios to talk about his endless creativity and the enduring appeal of the Gershwins.
Sunday - February 23, 2014
Wayne Brady became a star improvising on the popular TV show Whose Line It Anyway? The singer/actor/dancer/comedian also has appeared on stage in Rent and Chicago, and hosts TV game show Let's Make A Deal. Brady discusses the musical influence of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Sam Cooke. With musical director Cat Gray at the piano, Brady performs the Cooke classic "You Send Me" and Feinstein joins him in a duet of "It's Only A Paper Moon."
Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal
Sunday - February 16, 2014
Vocalist and 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. She is a Grammy winner, and 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 Michael Feinstein to perform a set of music from their latest album, The River & the Thread.
Sunday - February 09, 2014
Pianist, singer, composer, and producer Allen Toussaint defines the sound of New Orleans. He penned early R&B hits including “Mother-in-law,” “Working in a Coalmine,” and “A Certain Girl.” He also produced Funk legends The Meters and has worked with artists from The Band to Elvis Costello. This week Toussaint and Feinstein discuss the vital role of New Orleans in American music.
Sunday - February 02, 2014
Three-time Emmy award winner Elaine Stritch became a star on Broadway before going on to a string of acclaimed film and television roles. One of her most recent roles was as Colleen, mother of Alec Baldwin’s character, Jack Donagy, on NBC’s hit sitcom 30 Rock. After more than forty years in New York, Stritch moved home to Michigan. But before leaving town, she sat down with host Feinstein for some hilarious musical highlights and candid revelations about her life and career.
Sunday - January 26, 2014
Austin based quartet the Jitterbug Vipers play 1930s-style viper Jazz - the intoxicating underground take on swing classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Cab Callaway. The Jitterbug Vipers are vocalist Sarah Sharp, guitarist Slim Richey, bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux, and drummer Masumi Jones. On this Song Travels, the band presents a set sure to make you want to get up and dance…jitterbug or otherwise!
Sunday - January 19, 2014
Legendary composer and arranger Johnny Mandel started out working in the Big Bands of Joe Venuti, Buddy Rich, and Jimmy Dorsey, and later worked as an arranger for Count Basie. Mandel’s resume includes film and television classics such as “Suicide is Painless” (the M*A*S*H* theme) and “The Shadow of Your Smile” from The Sandpiper. The five-time Grammy winner sits down with Feinstein to discuss his lifetime in the industry, writing for screens large and small.
Sunday - January 12, 2014
Vocalist, pianist, and Grammy-winning composer John Proulx has a voice that is reminiscent of another great all-around jazzman, the late Chet Baker. Proulx’s original songs have been recorded by artists including Nancy Wilson and Mary Stallings, and he’s also performed with legends Natalie Cole, Anita O’Day, and Marian McPartland. Proulx joins host Feinstein to discuss the continuing evolution of jazz in a changing world.
Sunday - January 05, 2014
Jazz and Soul singer Gregory Porter had a breakout year in 2012. His album Be Good topped many “Best of” lists and was named iTunes’ Jazz Album of the Year. He was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance. On this Song Travels, Porter is joined by his band mates Chip Crawford and Aaron James for a set including numbers from his latest album, Liquid Spirit.
Sunday - December 29, 2013
New York Times music and film critic Stephen Holden covered the 1970s singer/songwriter explosion before he went on to write up everything from film to cabaret. Music has been with him every step of the way. On this week’s program Holden illustrates his life’s journey through musical milestones from Bob Dylan to Sinatra to Sting.
Photo: Elaine Criscionei
Sunday - December 22, 2013
Singer, virtuoso guitarist, and composer José Feliciano’s holiday tune, “Feliz Navidad,” is essential to any Yuletide playlist. On his latest album, The King, Feliciano pays tribute to Elvis Presley. The eight time Grammy winner joins Feinstein for an electrifying hour of music and conversation, including performances of “Always On My Mind” and “Love Me Tender.”
Sunday - December 15, 2013
Grammy-winning opera star and actress Renée Fleming has performed some of the greatest operatic roles ever written at the world’s leading concert halls. Her awards include a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement medal and the National Medal of Arts. This week she shares a few of her favorite selections including songs by Franz Schubert, George Gershwin, and Leonard Cohen.
Photo: Decca/Andrew Eccles
Gregory Porter: The Christmas Song
Thursday - December 12, 2013
Gregory Porter shares a poignant story from a childhood Christmas and sings Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song."
Sunday - December 08, 2013
Singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne has carved her own path as a respected independent artist. After years in Nashville she relocated to California, where the Grammy-winning artist continues to earn high praise with each new album. Lynne performs her own tunes and teams up with host Feinstein on “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You.”
Sunday - December 01, 2013
Trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis hails from one of New Orleans’ most distinguished jazz families, and he has continued the Marsalis dynasty with multiple Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the National Medal of Arts. Spend an hour with this legendary artist as he shares a few of his favorite things, including a recently discovered recording of Louis Armstrong’s last known performance.
Sunday - November 24, 2013
Singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham has made the unlikely journey from rodeo rider to Grammy and Oscar winner for the Crazy Heart soundtrack. His gritty-beyond-his-years voice echoes the rough and tumble life he’s known. On this Song Travels, Bingham performs tunes with a roadhouse tinge, including his own “As I Do My Dancing” and “Too Deep To Fill.”
Sunday - November 17, 2013
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.”
Sunday - November 10, 2013
Singer, songwriter, and actor Eric Benét charges his old school soul songwriting with healthy doses of modern funk and hip-hop. His winning formula has been recognized with multiple Grammy and Image Award nominations. Benét joins Feinstein for a set of original tunes and classics by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, and David Foster.
Sunday - November 03, 2013
Jake Shimabukuro has carried the sound of the ukulele from Hawaiian shores to the world’s concert stages. In his hands the humble “little guitar” sings everything from J.S. Bach to the Beatles. On this Song Travels, Shimabukuro performs “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” and joins Feinstein for a duet of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
Sunday - October 27, 2013
The husband and wife musical team of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., met as members of the iconic ‘60s group The 5th Dimension. They went on to perform as a successful duo and host their own television show. Over 40 years later, their music and mutual love and respect are still going strong. Performances include “Mona Lisa” and “Here’s That Rainy Day.”
Sunday - October 20, 2013
Classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić began performing as his country, the former Yugoslavia, was being ripped apart by war. He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, and his hard work is paying off –a 2012 solo concert at Royal Albert Hall was widely praised! Karadaglić brings his love of Latin music to Song Travels with pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.
(Photo: Deutche Grammophon ©Olaf Heine)
Sunday - October 13, 2013
As a young girl, vocalist Catherine Russell bounced on the knee of Louis Armstrong. She started her career as an ace backup singer for stars including Paul Simon, David Bowie, and Steely Dan. Today she’s a leading interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Russell and Feinstein perform an hour of pure radio perfection, including “I Cover The Waterfront” and a duet of “The Very Thought of You.”
Sunday - October 06, 2013
Grammy-winning R&B /soul singer Aaron Neville has been a radio mainstay for over five decades. And he has been ambassador to the world for New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. On this week’s episode, Neville’s silky smooth voice is sure to get everyone in the Valentine’s Day spirit, as he performs a set of Doo-Wop greats including “This Magic Moment” and “Under The Boardwalk.”
Sunday - September 15, 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.
Sunday - September 08, 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.”
Sunday - September 01, 2013
Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson self-released his first album after his record label folded, and he soon found himself in the top ten on the iTunes album chart. This wry lyricist draws inspiration from the masters, including Lennon and McCartney, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, and Cole Porter. On this week’s Song Travels, he shares the secret to his powerful brand of pop with host Feinstein.
(Photo: Jeff Lipsky)
Sunday - August 25, 2013
Composer/pianist Rob Schwimmer has worked with top artists including Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler, has penned scores for Oscar-winning short films, and is a master of the theremin—best known for the spooky 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.
Sunday - August 18, 2013
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. On this week’s Song Travels, Hayes performs original songs including the chart-topping hit, “Somebody’s Heartbreak.”
Sunday - August 11, 2013
Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux started out busking on the streets of Paris. Today she’s an acclaimed performer whose voice instantly recalls the Golden Age of radio no matter what the tune. On this edition of Song Travels, Peyroux discusses the importance of Ray Charles as a musical mentor and teams up with host Feinstein for “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.”
Sunday - August 04, 2013
Dena Kaye is the only daughter of larger-than-life entertainer Danny Kaye; a man of boundless roles including singer, actor, comedian, humanitarian, and many more. He is widely known for his roles on Broadway and in films including White Christmas and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. His only daughter has lived her life mostly out of the spotlight as a journalist, author, and humanitarian. On this Song Travels, Dena Kaye looks back on her late father’s career as well as the role he played in life: her dad.
Sunday - July 28, 2013
Singer/songwriter Chris Young was the winner of the reality TV series Nashville Star in 2006 and has been a consistent presence on the Country charts and music awards shows ever since. In 2010, he was nominated for his first Grammy Award 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.”
Sunday - July 14, 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 of his career’s stories and songs.
Sunday - July 07, 2013
Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor is one of the most multifaceted fiddlers on the scene today, equally at home playing bluegrass, country, jazz, and classical. A serious educator, 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.
(Photograph by Jim McGuire)
Rickie Lee Jones
Sunday - June 30, 2013
Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has been pushing down musical boundaries for over four decades with her hauntingly beautiful voice. She has carved her own unique path, collaborating with artists from Alison Krauss to Dr. John. On this Song Travels, Jones employs her sultry, dynamic voice on the music that has inspired her along the way.
Sunday - June 16, 2013
Multi-talented vocalist/producer Lari White is known as Nashville's "Renaissance Woman." She made history as the first female producer of a male superstar for Toby Keith's platinum album White Trash with Money. White joins Feinstein for Willie Nelson's "Crazy," and standards including "My Favorite Things" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me."
Sunday - June 02, 2013
Pianist Thomas Lauderdale is a co-founder of the eclectic ensemble Pink Martini, which bridges classical, jazz, world music and old fashioned pop. He brings along a few musical collaborators, including NPR's Ari Shapiro, who proves to be as good a singer as he is a journalist, and duets with Feinstein on George Gershwin's "The Man I Love."
(Photo: Autumn De Wilde)
Sunday - May 26, 2013
Born into Hollywood royalty, Liza Minnelli has made her own name on the stage and screen. Her role in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret made her an international sensation and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Recently she has made inroads into TV's Arrested Development and recorded with alternative rockers My Chemical Romance. Minnelli joins dear friend Feinstein for an enlightening discussion of her life and rare insight into her approach to song.
Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk
Sunday - May 19, 2013
Feinstein welcomes the dynamic classical duo, violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk. The two have been recording and performing the classical repertoire together for almost a decade, and are equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook. On this Song Travels, Bell & Denk perform selections by Ravél, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns, connecting the dots between French Impressionism and Tin Pan Alley.
Sunday - May 12, 2013
French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is one of the leading lights in classical music, with over forty albums including classical repertoire as well as Gershwin, Ellington, and Bill Evans. His depth and breadth are on display in works by Spanish composer Federico Mompou and American popular song writer Alec Wilder. Thibaudet and Feinstein compare notes at the keyboard on Wilder’s “I’ll Be Around” and George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.”
David Hyde Pierce
Sunday - May 05, 2013
Actor, singer and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Niles Crane on the long-running series Frasier. He's also a Tony Award-winning stage actor for his role in Curtains. Pierce and Feinstein talk Beethoven to Monty Python, and Pierce performs a few of his favorite tunes including a duet of "You're The Top" with Feinstein at the piano.
Marilyn and Alan Bergman
Sunday - April 28, 2013
Marilyn and Alan Bergman are a legendary power couple in American popular music. They penned the themes for TV programs Alice, Good Times, and In The Heat Of The Night, and earned multiple Emmys, Grammys, and Academy Awards, including Best Original Song for “The Way We Were,” written with Marvin Hamlisch. And the hits keep coming, as this week Feinstein performs “There’s You,” a new song he co-wrote with the Bergmans.
Sunday - April 21, 2013
Singer, actress, and comedian Bette Midler is Feinstein’s guest for an hour of pure radio fun. Midler unpacks stories and favorite tunes from her record collection–from Louis Jordan to vintage Hawaiian music to Destiny’s Child. Feinstein presents her with “I’ll Be There,” a song written for Midler by the legendary songwriting team Marilyn and Alan Bergman.
Sunday - April 14, 2013
Neil Sedaka is a name synonymous with popular music. He started with a string of ‘60s pop hits, and continues to reinvent the form with each new decade. His songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Elvis, and the Monkees, among others. On this session Feinstein and his guest talk about enduring pop; Sedaka performs his hits “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, ” “Laughter In The Rain,” and “The Hungry Years.”
Sunday - March 24, 2013
Guitarist, singer, and composer Matt Munisteri has uncovered much of the forgotten jazz and swing from the early 20th century. His latest album, Still Runnin’ ‘Round In the Wilderness, explores the “lost” compositions of the American singer/songwriter Willard Robison. Archivists Munisteri and Feinstein share tunes that, while forsaken by the past, are sure to be easy to remember.