Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

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Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, a syndicated series produced by South Carolina ETV Radio, is hosted each week by five-time Grammy-nominee Michael Feinstein. From jazz, blues, and classical to rock, pop, and country, Song Travels builds a bridge across genres, songs and songwriters. The series outlines the rich vitality and evolution of American music through on air performances and discussions. In each episode, host Feinstein and his guest trace the journey of these selected songs and how each artist interprets a song individually. 

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David Hyde Pierce on Song Travels

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David Hyde Pierce
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--- News Stations: Sun, Aug 2, 2pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Aug 2, 6pm --- Actor, singer, and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Niles Crane on the television series Frasier. A Tony Award-winning stage actor, Pierce joins Feinstein to talk about everything from Beethoven to Monty Python. He performs a few of his favorite songs, including a duet of “You’re the Top” with Feinstein at the piano.

Hillary Gardner
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  Vocalist Hilary Gardner made her debut on Broadway in Twyla Tharp’s musical Come Fly Away, singing solos and duets with Frank Sinatra to much critical acclaim. In 2014, she released her debut solo album, The Great City, a love letter to New York City. On this edition of Song Travels, Gardner evokes memories of another time and place with her take on Tom Waits’ ballad “Drunk on the Moon.”

José James
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José James

Vocalist and songwriter José James draws his musical inspiration from hip hop and indie rock in addition to jazz and R&B. He’s toured extensively and has gained a following with his acclaimed 2013 album, No Beginning No End, and his 2014 release, While You Were Sleeping. On this Song Travels, James remembers Billie Holiday, who was born 100 years ago this past April, and performs her classics “Loverman” and “I Thought About You.”

Lari White
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  --- News Stations: Sun, Jul 12, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jul 12, 6 pm --- Lari White Vocalist and 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 Money. On this edition of Song Travels, White performs Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” along with standards by the Gershwins and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Betty Buckley on Song Travels

Jun 29, 2015
Betty Buckley
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Tony Award-winning vocalist and actress Betty Buckley debuted the role of Grizabella in the original Broadway production of Cats and has had a lifelong career on the stage and screen. She also released sixteen solo albums, including her 2014 album, Ghostlight, produced by T-Bone Burnett. This week, Buckley brings her leading-lady vocals to a performance of “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” and Feinstein joins in for “You Made Me Love You.”

Jon Regen on Song Travels

Jun 22, 2015
Jon Regen
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--- Classical Stations: Sun, Jun 28, 6pm | News Stations: Sun, Jun 28, 2 pm ---  Pianist, vocalist, and composer Jon Regen was an apprentice of the renowned pianist Kenny Barron. He’s performed at venues worldwide, including a month-long stint at the Blue Note in Japan, and toured with Kyle Eastwood’s band. On this Song Travels, Regan performs the title track from his 2015 album Stop Time and joins Michael Feinstein for a duet of “Young and Foolish.”

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  --- Classical Stations: Sun, Jun 21, 6 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jun 21, 2pm --- In honor of Billie Holiday’s centennial, Song Travels features Grammy-winning vocalist and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater, who embodied the late singer in the starring role in Lady Day. In addition to her Tony Award-winning role in The Wiz (1975), Bridgewater has appeared in shows including Sophisticated Ladies and Cabaret. This week, she shares about her experience playing Billie Holiday and performs “God Bless the Child” and “Good Morning Heartache.”

André Previn on Song Travels

Jun 8, 2015
André Previn
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Conductor, composer, and pianist André has received multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards, including honors from the Kennedy Center, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Grammy Awards. With more than fifty years of recordings to his credit, he has conducted and performed with orchestras the world over and was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On this Song Travels, Previn and host Feinstein explore some of his favorite compositions.

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Vocalist, bassist, and songwriter Kate Davis was recognized as a National Young Art Silver winner and twice invited to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. Hailed as a “talent not to be missed” by The Herald Tribune, she’s performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center and Rockwood Music Hall. This week, Davis performs her original songs “Movie” and “Every Good Girl is a Unicorn.”  


Madeleine Peyroux on Song Travels

May 25, 2015
Madeleine Peyroux
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  Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux started out busking on the streets of Paris, but went on to gain international acclaim for her versions of beloved folk tunes and jazz standards. Peyroux joins host Feinstein this week to talk about her love of song. Musical selections include her cover of a Buddy Holly tune, “Changing All Those Changes,” and a recording from her early days singing with a street band in Paris.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet on Song Travels

May 18, 2015
Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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  French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is one of the leading performers on today’s classical music scene. He has more than forty albums to his credit, including interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as music by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Bill Evans. On this edition of Song Travels, Thibaudet brings his unique perspective to Alec Wilder’s “I’ll Be Around” and Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.”

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Kat Edmonson on Song Travels

May 11, 2015

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  Vocalist and songwriter Kat Edmonson has played major stages across the country. She performed on The Tonight Show and Austin City Limits. Her 2014 album, The Big Picture, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. This week, Edmonson shares her original song “Champagne” and teams up with Feinstein for “Long Way Home.”

Jitterbug Vipers on Song Travels

May 4, 2015
Jitterbug Vipers
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  Austin, TX based quartet the Jitterbug Vipers play 1930s-style viper jazz. Their original music recalls classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Cab Callaway. The Jitterbug Vipers are vocalist Sarah Sharp, guitarist Slim Richey, bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux, and percussionist Masumi Jones. On this Song Travels, the band presents a set sure to make you want to get up and dance!

Emily King

  - News Stations: Sun, May 3, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 3, 6 pm - Grammy-nominated vocalist and songwriter Emily King is the daughter of internationally known jazz duo Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, and her musical journey has taken her far. She’s toured with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, and she’s released duets with Jose James and Taylor McFerrin. In this edition of Song Travels, King performs her original songs “Distance” and “Georgia.”

Ginny Mancini on Song Travels

Apr 13, 2015

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  Ginny Mancini performed with Mel Tormé and the Mel Tones before marrying fellow musician, composer, and conductor, Henry Mancini, who passed away in 1994. He would have celebrated his 91st birthday on April 16. This week, we remember Henry Mancini, as Ginny shares stories of their life together, her career, and Henry’s remarkable contributions to American film, television, and song.

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  Singer, virtuoso guitarist, and composer José Feliciano joins host Michael Feinstein for an enchanting hour of conversation and music on this edition of Song Travels


Joelle Lurie on Song Travels

Mar 30, 2015
Joelle Lurie
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  Jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress Joelle Lurie is a regular at hip New York City venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall and the Zinc Bar, where she performs with her ensemble, The Pinehurst Trio.   

Lily Frost
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    Canadian vocalist and songwriter Lily Frost launched her career with her band The Colorifics, which packed cubs up and down the West Coast of the US and Canada for years. She’s since made the jump to solo artist and songwriter. Her musical mentor, the late Ray Condo, inspired her album “Lily Swings,” and her style has been compared to Regina Spektor and Feist. On this Song Travels, she performs her original song “Forest Fire” along with a few old favorites.

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Jeremy Denk and Joshua Bell
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Michael Feinstein welcomes the dynamic classical duo of violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk. The two have been recording and performing together in the classical repertoire for years and are equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook. On this Song Travels, Bell and Denk perform selections by Ravél, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns, connecting the dots between French Impressionism and Gershwin. 

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