Rhino Surveys Feinstein's Songbook
Pianist/vocalist Michael Feinstein, who has achieved renown through his interpretations of classic American pop songs, will be anthologized May 21 with Rhino/Elektra's release of the two-disc "The MicPianist/vocalist Michael Feinstein, who has achieved renown through his interpretations of classic American pop songs, will be anthologized May 21 with Rhino/Elektra's release of the two-disc "The Michael Feinstein Anthology."
The compilation will include some of Feinstein's best-known renditions, such as "Isn't It Romantic," "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and "My Favorite Year," as well as unreleased and live material, including a duet with Liza Minnelli on Kay Thompson's "Violin." Alongside cuts from Feinstein's 1998 Concord Jazz album "Michael & George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin" -- which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums that October -- the anthology will include new takes on the Gershwin/Gershwin compositions "Love is Here to Stay" and "S'Wonderful."
Feinstein, whose career began helping Ira Gershwin organize the Gershwin archives from 1977 until the lyricist's death in 1983, has built a following reviving classic American pop material by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Johnny Mercer, each of whom are represented on the "Anthology." The accompanying 52-page booklet of interviews, photos, and career notes features an extensive conversation/interview between Feinstein and the set's executive producer, George Feltenstein.
In between engagements at his New York nightclub Feinstein's At The Regency, the artist will be touring in support of "Anthology" as well as his forthcoming release "Michael Feinstein With The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra," due May 7 from Concord Jazz. He performs tonight (April 11) on "The Late Show With Craig Kilborn."
Here are Michael Feinstein's upcoming tour dates:
April 12-13: Minneapolis (Orchestra Hall)
April 17-21: New Castle, Pa. (Ancient Scottish Rite Cathedral)
April 27: Pomona, N.J. (Stockton Performing Arts Center)
May 7: Boston (Symphony Hall)
May 11: Buffalo, N.Y. (Kleinhans Music Hall)
May 18: Hamilton, Ohio (Fitton Center For The Arts)
May 31: Westbury, N.Y. (Westbury Music Fair)
June 6: Midland, Mich. (Matrix / Midland Festival)
June 28-29: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
August 24: Ocean Grove, N.J. (Great Auditorium)
Oct. 4-6: Omaha, Neb. (Orpheum Theatre)
Oct. 12: Schenectady, N.Y. (Proctor's Theatre)
Nov. 1-2: Oklahoma City (Civic Center Music Hall)
Nov. 30: Newark, N.J. (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)
Dec. 13-14: Costa Mesa, Calif. (Orange County PAC)