Sunday, December 08, 2013Shelby Lynne
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 15, 2013Renée Fleming
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
Sunday, December 22, 2013José Feliciano
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 29, 2013Stephen Holden
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, January 05, 2014Gregory Porter
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, January 12, 2014John Proulx
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 19, 2014Johnny Mandel
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 26, 2014Jitterbug Vipers
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, February 02, 2014Elaine Stritch
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, February 09, 2014Allen Toussaint
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 16, 2014Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal
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 23, 2014Wayne Brady
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, March 02, 2014Bobby McFrerrin
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, March 09, 2014Tierney Sutton
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 16, 2014Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey
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 23, 2014Rumer
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.”