Michael Feinstein, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Director of the Jazz & Popular Song series, will perform three new concert programs in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s iconic Appel Room featuring an array of remarkable guests. Against a backdrop of sweeping views of Central Park and Columbus Circle, Feinstein, who has been called the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” will perform The Great Jazz Standards on Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm and Thursday, April 14 at 7pm & 9pm; A Right to Sing the Blues on Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm and Thursday, May 12 at 9pm; and Sing Me a Sing Song, Wednesday, June 8 at 7pm and Thursday, June 9 at 7pm & 9pm. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room is located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.
Michael Feinstein: The Great Jazz Standards
The Appel Room
Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm
Thursday, April 14 at 7pm & 9pm
Michael Feinstein illuminates the significant role of jazz in sustaining the popularity of the American Jazz Standard. Songs originally written for film, stage, and nightclub acts became classics through the genius of artists like Coleman Hawkins and Ella Fitzgerald. Experience the evolution of “Body and Soul”, “Stardust” and “All the Things You Are” from none other than the “The Great Ambassador of American Songbook.” Featured guests include: Marilyn Maye, Freda Payne and Veronica Swift and the Tedd Firth Big Band.
Michael Feinstein: A Right to Sing the Blues
Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm
Thursday, May 12 at 9pm
The Appel Room
The diversification of the blues and its relationship to American popular song is a phenomenon which shaped essentially every other genre of American music. With Feinstein demonstrates how the blues became part of the popular musical lexicon with writers like George Gershwin and Harold Arlen, and the interpretive brilliance of jazz vocalists. “There were a lot of singers before Ella who would have sung ‘Am I Blue’ and ‘I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues’, who would have sung the song square,” says Feinstein, “but it was vocal jazz artists who mined the jazz and blues elements from these songs, and therefore made them enduring standards.” Featured guests for this performance include: Mary Stallings, Storm Large, Tedd Firth Big Band.
Michael Feinstein: Sing Me A Swing Song
June 8, 2016, 7pm
June 9, 2016, 7pm & 9pm
The Appel Room
“Popular music was never the same after artists like Frank Sinatra regularly started to swing American standards,” asserts Jazz and Popular Song series director Michael Feinstein. For our final installment of the season, “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Mack the Knife,” and “Satin Doll,” celebrate what he describes as, “the enduring influence of swing on popular music and song interpretation.” Catherine Russell and Allyson Briggs will be featured guest vocalists, along with the Tedd Firth Big Band
Tickets for Michael Feinstein: The Great Jazz Standards, Michael Feinstein: A Right To Sing the Blues and Michael Feinstein: Swing Me A Song can be purchased through jazz.org 24 hours a day or via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10am to 9pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. Box Office hours: Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain).
Select concerts will also stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience via jazz.org/live.