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'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, 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 Feinstein became Gershwin's assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.
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Marti Stevens is internationally known for her appearances on concert and theater stages, in supper clubs, and on television and film. On Broadway, she was directed by Sir John Gielgud in his production of The Constant Wife, starring Ingrid Bergman, in addition to performing in the musical First Impressions. Ms. Stevens also created the title role in the American revival of the Gershwins' Oh, Kay! She co-starred on the national tour and in the London production of Company, directed by Harold Prince. Also in London, she starred in Richard Rodgers's No Strings at Her Majesty's Theatre. Other tour credits include The Last of Mrs. Cheyney with Deborah Kerr, directed by Frank Dunlop. Ms. Stevens was Elvira in Sir Noël Coward's High Spirits, directed by the author at the Savoy Theatre. She created the title role in Paul Zindel's And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She also joined Jean Simmons and Hermione Gingold on stage as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Recent projects include recording the cast Album of 42nd Street at Abbey Road Studios in London and solo CDs.
With a voice acclaimed for its many shades of soulfulness, Paula West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast. Known for her distinctive repertoire--she believes the American Songbook includes such writers as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Jimmy Webb, and Leonard Cohen--Ms. West adds her own depth and drama to American favorites. She has performed at many San Francisco venues, including Yoshi's San Francisco, the Empire Plush Room, and the Herbst Theatre. In New York, she has performed at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Blue Note, The Iridium, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. She has also been a featured soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis. Among her national engagements, Ms. West has appeared at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Boston's Scullers Jazz Club, and major festivals like Spoleto USA. Internationally, she has performed in Europe, Japan, and Israel. She has shared the bill with luminaries such as Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Scott, Oscar Brown Jr., Freddy Cole, Mose Allison, Mavis Staples, and Dave Frishberg, and has also performed at the White House in a salute to American writers. Ms. West has worked with such jazz greats as Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Charlap, Mulgrew Miller, Frank Wess, Victor Lewis, Peter Washington, Regina Carter, Roy Haynes, Eric Reed, and Bruce Barth. For many years, Ms. West performed with the George Mesterhazy Quartet, a collaboration that has proven to be one of her strongest musical partnerships to date.
Rachel York is a dynamic and versatile actress and singer. She is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award) with Julie Andrews, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sly Fox with Richard Dreyfuss, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She also turned heads on television with her courageous portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS movie Lucy. Last year, Ms. York starred on Broadway as Jackie Noelle in Disaster! She was recently praised for her performance as Reno Sweeney in the national tour of the Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes (Helen Hayes Award). She also earned rave reviews in the dual roles of Edith Bouvier Beale and "Little" Edie Beale in the Los Angeles production of Grey Gardens (Ovation Award nomination) opposite Betty Buckley. Additionally, Ms. York starred in the national tour of Camelot opposite Michael York; Putting It Together with Julie Andrews; the national and London tours of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate; Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center; and The Odd Couple with Jason Alexander and Martin Short. She can also be seen opposite Cristin Milioti in the film It Had to Be You. In concert, Ms. York has appeared worldwide as a soloist, including performances with The New York Pops, National Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras under the direction Marvin Hamlisch, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philly Pops, and San Francisco Symphony, among many others. Her television appearances include Hannah Montana, Frasier, Reba, Numb3rs, Close to Home, Spin City, and Diagnosis: Murder. For more information, visit rachelyork.com.