Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director
with Special Guests
Jay Armstrong Johnson
Tedd Firth, Piano
Phil Palombi, Bass
Mark McLean, Drums
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.
For additional information, visit michaelfeinstein.com.
Tony-nominee Melissa Errico has established herself as a Broadway star, film and television actress, and recording and concert artist. She has starred in the Broadway musicals Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Dracula, White Christmas, and Amour, as well as the first national tour of Les Misérables. At the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, she has starred in The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Camelot. Her solo recordings include Blue Like That, Lullabies & Wildflowers, Legrand Affair, and What About Today? Melissa Errico Live at 54 Below. Television appearances include the series Central Park West by Darren Star, as well as recurring roles on Steven Soderbergh's The Knick and Showtime's Billions. Ms. Errico has collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on the revival of Sunday in the Park with George at the Kennedy Center, followed by John Doyle's production of Passion, for which she was nominated for a sixth Drama Desk Award. Most recently, she appeared as Leona in the 2016 Encores! production of Do I Hear a Waltz? at City Center. This season, she reprised the role of Sharon in a hit Off-Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Ms. Errico has served on the National Endowment for the Arts and has published essays for various magazines as well as The New York Times. She is married to tennis player and sports commentator Patrick McEnroe; they have three young daughters and a Yorkie named Pepper.
Jay Armstrong Johnson most recently played the titular role of Candide at New York City Opera under the direction of Hal Prince. He can currently be seen on the hit ABC series Quantico. On Broadway, he starred in the critically acclaimed revival of On the Town under the direction of John Rando. His other Broadway credits include the original Broadway casts of Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, and Hair (revival). Off-Broadway, he's been seen in Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC) and Working (Drama Desk Award; Prospect Theater Company). Other New York credits include co-starring alongside Emma Thompson, Bryn Terfel, and Audra McDonald in Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, which was also filmed for PBS; and The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores!, directed by Casey Nicholaw). Other credits include A Chorus Line (first national tour); The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe, directed by Alex Timbers); Pool Boy and On the Town (Barrington Stage Company); Pirates! (or, Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder'd), 42nd Street, and Hello, Dolly! (MUNY); Hands on a Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse); and Hairspray (Weston Playhouse Theatre Company). His concert appearances include Jay Armstrong Johnson: Live at Feinstein's / 54 Below and 35mm: A Musical Exhibition. Film and television credits include Sex and the City 2 and Law & Order: SVU. For more information, visit jayarmstrongjohnson.org.