August 2015 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

August 2015 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

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Bobby McFerrin is still having fun with his unique style of singing and his passion for Gershwin (8/22)

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Join host Michael Feinstein this month on Song Travels for a variety of original music and interesting conversation with guests: David Hyde Pierce, Marilyn Maye, Arturo O'Farrill, Bobby McFerrin and Rebecca Roubion.  

8/1       David Hyde Pierce - 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.

8/8       Marilyn Maye - 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.”

8/15      Arturo O’Farrill - 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.”

8/22      Bobby McFerrin - Vocalist Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” which was the first a capella song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year. McFerrin also has five Grammy wins for Best Male Jazz Vocal, and has created a concert version of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. This week, McFerrin stops by Song Travels’ studio to talk about his endless creativity and the enduring appeal of the Gershwins.

8/29      Rebecca Roubion - 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.”





 



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