Michael Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the past three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world.
From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy-nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe — in addition to his appearances at iconic venues such as The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House — his work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.
Feinstein will perform melodies of such songwriting legends as Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Duke Ellington at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $56, $62 or $68 and can be purchased online at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
In 2007, he founded the Great American Songbook Foundation, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, master classes and the annual High School Songbook Academy. This summer intensive open to students from across the country has produced graduates who have gone on to record acclaimed albums and appear on television programs such as NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
The newest album from his multi-platinum recording career is "A Michael Feinstein Christmas" from Concord Records. The CD features Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Alan Broadbent (Paul McCartney, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole). Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy Award nomination in 2009 for "The Sinatra Project," his CD celebrating the music of “Ol’ Blue Eyes.” "The Sinatra Project, Volume II: The Good Life" was released in 2011. He released the CDs "The Power of Two" — collaborating with “Glee” and “30 Rock” star Cheyenne Jackson — and "Cheek To Cheek," recorded with Broadway legend Barbara Cook. For Feinstein’s CD "We Dreamed These Days," he co-wrote the title song with Maya Angelou.
His Emmy Award-nominated TV special "Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy," which was taped live at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana, aired across the country in 2011. The PBS series “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook,” the recipient of the ASCAP Deems-Taylor Television Broadcast Award, was broadcast for three seasons and is available on DVD. His most recent primetime PBS-TV Special, “New Year’s Eve at The Rainbow Room” — written and directed by “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry — aired in 2014. For his nationally syndicated public radio program “Song Travels,” Feinstein interviews and performs alongside such music luminaries as Bette Midler, Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Rickie Lee Jones, David Hyde Pierce and more.
Feinstein was named Principal Pops Conductor for the Pasadena Symphony in 2012 and made his conducting debut in June 2013 to celebrated critical acclaim. Under Feinstein’s leadership, the Pasadena Pops quickly become a premier orchestral presenter of the Great American Songbook, with definitive performances of rare orchestrations and classic arrangements. He launched an additional Pops series at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2014.
Feinstein’s book "The Gershwins and Me" — a Los Angeles Times best-seller from Simon & Schuster — features a new CD of Gershwin standards performed with Cyrus Chestnut at the piano.
Feinstein’s at the Nikko, his nightclub at San Francisco’s Nikko Hotel, has presented the top talents of pop and jazz since 2013. He debuted at 54 Below, his new club in New York City, late in 2015. His first venue in NYC, Feinstein’s at the Regency, featured major entertainers such as Rosemary Clooney, Glen Campbell, Barbara Cook, Diahann Carroll, Jane Krakowski, Lea Michele, Cyndi Lauper, Jason Mraz and Alan Cumming from 1999 to 2012.
In 2013, Feinstein released "Change Of Heart: The Songs of Andre Previn" in collaboration with the four-time Oscar and 11-time Grammy Award-winning composer, conductor and pianist Previn. The album celebrates Previn’s pop songs and motion-picture classics. Earlier album highlights include "Hopeless Romantics," a songbook of classics by Feinstein's late friend Harry Warren, recording with legendary jazz pianist George Shearing. His album with songwriting icon Jimmy Webb, "Only One Life: The Songs of Jimmy Webb," was named one of 10 Best CDs of the Year by USA Today.