June 2014 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

June 2014 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson

Michael Feinstein, host of Song Travels, dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," has a stellar line-up of guests this month, including Johnny Mathis, Eleni Mandell, Sean Sullivan and Valerie Simpson.

6/7       Johnny Mathis  Jazz and pop vocalist Johnny Mathis has been wowing listeners since the 1950s with his dynamic voice backed by lush arrangements of iconic hits like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not for Me to Say,” and his definitive version of “Misty.” This week the two-time Grammy Hall of Famer reveals a candid look at the journey that led to his enduring success.

6/14      Eleni Mandell  Vocalist/songwriter Eleni Mandell draws inspiration from the sound of Los  Angeles-based musician Chuck E. Weiss, the gritty poetry of Tom Waits, and the cool edge of LA punk band X. Her own albums have been compared to work by artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Chan Marshall (Cat Power). Mandell brings her novel take on the singer/songwriter tradition to this week’s program.

6/21      Sean Sullivan  A two-time winner of the John Lennon Songwriting contest, vocalist Sean Sullivan derives his style from  a  wide  swath  of  the  musical  landscape, including jazz, standards, blues, and bossa nova. When he was a student at the New School, he formed a bond with jazz legend Jon Hendricks, who showed him the ropes of the New York jazz scene. On this Song Travels Sullivan employs his rich soulful voice and guitar for an eclectic set of covers and originals.

6/28      Valerie Simpson  Singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson and her late husband Nick Ashford formed one of the most powerful musical duos of the modern era. These master architects of soul and R&B penned hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “Solid.” Simpson reminisces about their work and life with host Michael Feinstein.