The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein, explores the legendary songs of 20th century America in a new NPR series, Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. Produced by SCETV Radio, the series surveys the passage of American Popular Song throughout the American landscape, evolving with each artist and performance.
Beginning with his tutelage under Ira Gershwin, Feinstein has mastered the history and performance of American popular music and today, re-imagines this music for a new century, as he welcomes guests to share unique stories through their own “song travels” through the Great American Songbook. Guests include Joshua Bell, Thomas Lauderdale (Pink Martini), Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli and Rumer.
Host Michael Feinstein welcomes a new guest each week to explore the genre of American Popular Song, examining how these great songs have evolved through the years, changing with each interpretation and artist. Guests as diverse as Joshua Bell, Bette Midler, Cheyenne Jackson, Rumer, Thomas Lauderdale, and Liza Minnelli give intimate performances and share personal insights of his or her interpretation of the Great American Songbook.
Friday, July 18, 2014 5:13pm
We present this episode of Song Travels Express in memory of Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014).
Three-time Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch became a star on Broadway before going on to play acclaimed film and television roles. She played Colleen, mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy, on the hit sitcom 30 Rock. After more than forty years in New York, Elaine Stritch moved home to Michigan. But before leaving town, she sat down with host Michael Feinstein for a Song Travels full of hilarious musical highlight and candid talk about her life and career in the spotlight.