Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director
with Special Guests:
Tedd Firth, Piano
Phil Palombi, Bass
Mark McLean, Drums
Produced for Carnegie Hall by Michael A. Kerker / ASCAP.
Michael Feinstein, ambassador of the Great American Songbook, has built a dazzling career throughout the last three decades. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy nominations to his Emmy-nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series, and concerts that span the globe, his work as an educator and archivist define him as one of the most important musical forces of our time.
In 2007, Mr. Feinstein founded the Great American Songbook Foundation, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, master classes, and the annual Songbook Academy for high school students. He also serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, which ensures the future of America's sound recording heritage.
The most recent album from his multi-platinum recording career is A Michael Feinstein Christmas on Concord Records, featuring Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Alan Broadbent. In 2009, Mr. Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy nomination for The Sinatra Project.
His Emmy Award-nominated TV special Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy-taped live at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana-aired nationally in 2011. The PBS series Michael Feinstein's American Songbook was broadcast for three seasons and is available on DVD. His most recent primetime PBS-TV special, New Year'sEve 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, Mr. Feinstein interviews and performs alongside music luminaries.
Mr. Feinstein was named principal conductor of the Pasadena POPS in 2012. Two years later, he launched an additional pops series at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is also artistic director of the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, and director of the Jazz and Popular Song series at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Feinstein's at the Nikko, Mr. Feinstein's nightclub at San Francisco's Nikko Hotel, has presented the top music talents since 2013. He debuted at Feinstein's / 54 Below, his new club in New York City, in late 2015.
After graduating from high school, Michael Feinstein moved to Los Angeles, where the widow of legendary pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin. Mr. Feinstein became Gershwin's assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.
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Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, Corey Cott has quickly established himself as a captivating young actor, equally at home on both stage and on screen. He made his Broadway debut starring for two years as Jack Kelly in Disney's Newsies, and then went on to star opposite Vanessa Hudgens in the Broadway revival of Gigi. On television, he portrays writer Townsend Martin opposite Christina Ricci in the upcoming Amazon series Z: The Beginning of Everything about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Across the Atlantic, Mr. Cott co-stars alongside Hattie Morahan in the upcoming BBC miniseries My Mother and Other Strangers. Other credits include The Interestings, Madam Secretary, Public Morals, and a guest spot later this season on Law & Order: SVU. He recently starred opposite Laura Osnes in the world premiere of the new musical The Bandstand. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Mr. Cott made his solo concert debut at the Kennedy Center's ASCAP Centennial Celebration, and he recently headlined this summer at Elsie Fest in New York City.
Sally Mayes made her Broadway debut in Cy Coleman's Welcome to the Club. Her performance won critical praise, including a Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Ms. Mayes is perhaps best known for her performance in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of She Loves Me, for which she earned Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She also appeared as Aunt Corene in Urban Cowboy (Drama Desk nomination). She drew rave reviews as Mae West in the national tour of Dirty Blonde and also appeared in the Broadway revival of Steel Magnolias. Ms. Mayes has additionally starred in several Off-Broadway productions, including Closer than Ever (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Das Barbecu, Pete 'n' Keely (Drama Desk nomination), Play it Cool, Good Ol' Girls, and The Best Is Yet to Come. Film and television credits include Alpha House, City Hall, Double Parked, Bye Bye Birdie, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Sex and the City, and The Job.
Ms. Mayes appears on many cast recordings, including Closer than Ever, She Loves Me, Das Barbecu, Bye Bye Birdie, Lost in Boston, Unsung Musicals, Unsung Sondheim, and The Night of the Hunter. Her solo albums are The Dorothy Fields Songbook, Our Private World, The Story Hour, Boys and Girls Like You and Me, and Valentine. Ms. Mayes's nightclub appearances have earned her 12 MAC Award nominations and two Bistro Awards.