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Sunday - June 23, 2013
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."
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 09, 2013
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.
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 - April 07, 2013
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.”
Sunday - March 31, 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 - 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.
Sunday - March 17, 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 - March 10, 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.”
Sunday - March 03, 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 - February 24, 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.
Sunday - February 17, 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 - February 10, 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.”
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
Sunday - February 03, 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 - January 27, 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 - January 20, 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 - January 13, 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 - January 06, 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.