Michael Feinstein: Grammy-Nominated Singer, Pianist and Entertainer Interprets American Standards
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The last date listed for Musician Michael Feinstein was Sunday April 17, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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“Smooth, rippling, perfectly manicured vocal and pianistic lines.” —_The New York Times _
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Pioneer of the American songbook, singer and pianist Michael Feinstein returns to town for an encore performance at the Kennedy Center following his sold-out appearance last season at the Music Center at Strathmore. Said the New York Times of a recent performance, “The heart of the show was Mr. Feinstein’s intensely romantic performances of ballads, during which his voice floated over rippling pianism that suspended time…the voice and piano became one, the sheer beauty of the sound transporting you into a dream.”
Always entertaining, Feinstein’s performances defy categorization as he delivers smooth renditions of well-known as well as forgotten treasures by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and others along with anecdotes about the music, often singing heretofore unknown lyrics. His latest CD, Cheek to Cheek with singer Barbara Cook, landed on the Billboard Jazz Chart at No. 15 after its release in early February 2011.
Michael Feinstein has blazed a brilliant career that had its foundation in a six-year apprenticeship with George Gershwin’s lyricist and brother, Ira. Now celebrating his 26th year as a performer, this four-time Grammy nominee has been playing the piano since age five. He began to perform professionally in Los Angeles bars in his early twenties, where he was introduced by the widow of pianist/composer and An American in Paris actor Oscar Levant to Ira Gershwin, who hired him to catalog his extensive collection of records. Feinstein was immersed in the works of Ira and George Gershwin while also becoming lifelong friends with singer Rosemary Clooney, who lived next door. Feinstein was the musical consultant for the Broadway show My One and Only, an amalgamation of Gershwin songs.
Feinstein recorded his first CD, Pure Gershwin_, a collection of music by George and Ira Gershwin in 1986, followed by Live at the Algonquin_; Remember, featuring the music of Irving Berlin; Isn’t It Romantic, a collection of standards backed by an orchestra; and Over There, featuring both American and European music from the First World War. Following that, Feinstein started a series of performances featuring the music of a particular composer and accompanied by the composer. Among his collaborators were Burton Lane, Jule Styn, Jerry Herman, Hugh Martin, Jimmy Webb and Jay Livingston/Ray Evans. Following that, Feinstein recorded two more albums of Gershwin music: _Nice Work if You Can Get It _and Michael and George. Other albums of standards have included Forever, Such Sweet Sorrow, Big City Rhythms, Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway, Live with the Israel Philharmonic and Hopeless Romantics, with George Shearing.