Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

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Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, a syndicated series produced by South Carolina Public 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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Patti Austin on Song Travels

Nov 9, 2015
Patti Austin
Blue Note Japan

  Vocalist Patti Austin made her debut at age four at the Apollo Theatre. In her career she has been a prolific session musician and top performer on commercials, which earned her the moniker “Queen of the Jingles.” Her duet partners include Michael Jackson, George Benson, Luther Vandross, and Johnny Mathis. Austin joins Feinstein to talk about their mutual admiration for Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., and the Gershwins.

Sun, Nov 15: News Stations, 2 pm | Classical Stations, 6 pm

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall on Song Travels

Nov 2, 2015

  Herb Alpert is a world-renowned musician, composer, producer, and co-founder of A&M Records, the largest independent record label in history. He rose to fame with the Tijuana Brass and is the only artist to have a #1 record both as a singer and an instrumentalist. On this Song Travels, he and his wife, vocalist Lani Hall, discuss their remarkable careers. Alpert joins host Feinstein for an instrumental duet of "When Sonny Gets Blue," and Lani Hall performs “That Old Black Magic.”

Sun, Nov 8: News Stations, 2 pm | Classical Stations, 6 pm

Ryan Bingham on Song Travels

Oct 26, 2015
Ryan Bingham

  After an unlikely journey from rodeo rider to singer/songwriter, Ryan Bingham now has a Critic's Choice Award, a Grammy, and an Oscar for his work on the Crazy Heart soundtrack under his belt. This week, Bingham brings his acclaimed songwriting to Song Travels for a stripped down set of tunes from the roadhouse, including his originals “As I Do My Dancing” and “Too Deep To Fill.”

Sun, Nov 01: News Stations, 2 pm | Classical Stations, 6 pm

  Tony Award-winning actress/vocalist Christine Ebersole has been a stage and screen presence for more than thirty years. Her resume includes the musical Grey Gardens , the Broadway production of Oklahoma! , the TV drama One Life to Live , and FX's American Horror Story: Coven . A recording artist as well as a performer, Ebersole presents a number of her favorite tracks, such as “Two for the Road” and “Shall We Dance?”

Sun, Oct 25 -- News Stations: 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm

  Vocalist Johnny Mathis started out with a string of hits in the 1950s and quickly became a household name. A two-time inductee into the Grammy Hall of Fame, Mathis has one of the most popular albums of all time with Johnny's Greatest Hits , which spent nearly ten years on the Billboard Top Albums chart. This week, Mathis performs “On Such a Night As This,” as well as "Like Someone in Love" with host Feinstein at the keys.

Sun, Oct 18 -- News Stations: 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm

John Leventhal and Rosanne Cash
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  Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash is the daughter of Country music icon Johnny Cash and one of the preeminent artists of her time. On this Song Travels , Cash and her husband and co-writer, John Leventhal, talk about their journey to the South to gather inspiration for their 2014 album, The River & The Thread . Performances include their original music, as well as a stirring cover of Bobbie Gentry's “Ode to Billie Joe.”

Sun, Oct 11 -- News Stations: 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm

Rumer on Song Travels

Sep 29, 2015
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  Rumer (Sarah Joyce) was raised in England and Pakistan, and her sound reveals a deep connection to the ’70s singer/songwriter era, along with Broadway, ’30s jazz, and gospel. This week, Rumer joins host Feinstein to talk about Judy Garland, Burt Bacharach, and old Hollywood. She performs a set including “I Loves You, Porgy,” “That’s All,” and her own song “Come to Me High.”

Sun, Oct 04 -- News Stations: 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm 

Jay Leonhart on Song Travels

Sep 21, 2015
Jay Leonhart

  Bassist Jay Leonhart is a highly sought-after session musician, a trio leader, and a one-man act. He got his start as a kid playing banjo and guitar with his brother in the ’40s and ’50s and was inspired to take up the bass after hearing Ray Brown and the Oscar Peterson Trio. He’s played with musicians from all genres and has been on the New York jazz scene for almost five decades. This week, Leonhart brings songs and stories from his act and joins Feinstein for a duet of “Problem.”

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Sharon Isbin on Song Travels

Sep 14, 2015
Sharon Isbin
Sony Classical

  Renowned classical guitarist Sharon Isbin has released more than 25 albums, toured worldwide, and premiered some of the finest new guitar works of the last century. Trained by the legendary Andrés Segovia, Isbin is the first and only female guitarist to win a classical Grammy and she is the founder and Director of the Guitar Department at the Juilliard School of Music. On this Song Travels, her mastery is on display as Isbin shares notable recordings of her work and plays from her classical repertoire.

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Barbara Carroll on Song Travels

Sep 7, 2015

  Jazz pianist Barbara Carroll is regarded as New York’s first lady of jazz piano. Her career has spanned seven decades and includes everything from appearances on Broadway to performances in concert halls worldwide, as well as a remarkable 24-year run at Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel. She currently performs regularly in New York with bassist Jay Leonhart. On this Song Travels, Carroll performs “No Moon at All” and joins host Feinstein for the Gershwins’ “Isn’t It a Pity.”

News Stations: Sun, Sep 13, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Sep 13, 6 pm

Justin Kauflin on Song Travels

Aug 31, 2015
Justin Kauflin
VSA International

  Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin attended William Paterson University, where he formed a friendship with his mentor, the late Clark Terry. Justin, who lost his vision at age 11, connected with the trumpeter, who was dealing with his own vision loss. Their journey together was chronicled in the documentary Keep On Keepin’ On. He went on to work with Quincy Jones, and his 2015 album, Dedication, topped the jazz charts. This week, Kauflin remembers his mentor with “For Clark.”

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Rebecca Roubion on Song Travels

Aug 26, 2015
Rebecca Roubion
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  The songs of Nashville-based indie vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Rebecca Roubion have been featured on the TV shows Bones and Pretty Little Liars. Drawing from the influences of Carole King and Eva Cassidy, her voice has been compared to Norah Jones, and her single “Break” was included on the 2014 album Nashville’s Indie Spotlight. Roubion joins Feinstein to talk about her recordings, Fields and Forests, and she performs her original songs “Vacherie Girl” and “Feel Better Sam.”

---News Stations: Sun, Aug 30, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Aug 30, 6 pm---

Arturo O’Farrill on Song Travels

Aug 10, 2015
Arturo O'Farrill
John Abbott

Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill is the son of the late Chico O’Farrill and has carried on his father’s legacy as director of the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has performed worldwide. On this Song Travels, Arturo O’Farrill brings his own interpretation to “Not Now, Right Now” by Papo Vazquez along with a performance of his original tune “Siboney.”

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Marilyn Maye on Song Travels

Aug 7, 2015
Marilyn Maye
Maryann Lopinto

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Actress and vocalist Marilyn Maye is a lifelong performer with a career spanning nearly eight decades. Her big break came in the 1950s and she went on to become a staple of the New York and West Coast Cabaret scenes. She appeared on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson a total of 76 times and has released a number of notable albums. On this edition of Song Travels, Maye joins host Feinstein for a medley of “Big Time” and “Open a New Window.”

David Hyde Pierce on Song Travels

Jul 27, 2015
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
Janette Beckman

  July 19
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
Courtesy of the artist

  --- 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
Scogin Mayo

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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
Courtesy of the artist

--- 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.”

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Courtesy of the artist

  --- 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
Lillian Birnbaum/DG

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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
Mary Ellen Mark

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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.