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 Feinstein became Gershwin’s assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.
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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 screen. He received critical acclaim for his performance in the Tony Award–winning musical Bandstand. Previous roles include two years as Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies (his Broadway debut), which was immediately followed by the Broadway revival of Gigi, in which he starred opposite Vanessa Hudgens. On television, Mr. Cott portrays writer Townsend Martin opposite Christina Ricci in the Amazon series Z: The Beginning of Everything. He also has a recurring role on The Good Fight (CBS All Access). Across the Atlantic, Mr. Cott co-starred alongside Hattie Morahan in the BBC miniseries My Mother and Other Strangers, which also aired stateside on PBS. He was a series regular on the Amazon pilot The Interestings, and has guest starred on Madam Secretary, Public Morals, and Law and Order: SVU. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Mr. Cott made his solo concert debut at the Kennedy Center’s ASCAP Centennial Celebration, and recently starred in the National Symphony Orchestra’s concert presentation of West Side Story, conducted by Steven Reineke.
Nick Ziobro is a dynamic voice in the world of classic American standards, named winner of the 2012 Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Vocal Competition. He spent a year serving as the Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador and touring with his mentor, Mr. Feinstein. When he made his New York debut at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in 2012, The New York Times praised him for “an easy swinging confidence and charm that suggested he could evolve into another Michael Bublé.” Mr. Ziobro performed at the induction galas for the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame in 2012 and 2013 alongside Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Rita Moreno, Andrea McArdle, Clay Aiken, Lari White, and José Feliciano. He also has had the honor to share the stage with Marilyn Maye, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Liz Callaway, and has opened for Barbara Cook and B. B. King. In addition, Mr. Ziobro has performed with the Pasadena POPS conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, American Pops Orchestra, and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, among others. He has performed at many venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s / 54 Below, Birdland, and the Kennedy Center. Mr. Ziobro earned his bachelor’s degree from Rider University. He made his professional acting debut as the lead in the short film The Last Pick Up, to be released this year. He was a featured act in Season 10 of America’s Got Talent as part of the singing duo Nick & Eddie. His voice can be heard on national TV and radio commercials. Mr. Ziobro’s debut album, A Lot of Livin’ to Do (produced by Mr. Feinstein and featuring jazz greats Bucky Pizzarelli, Tedd Firth, and Jay Leonhart), was released in May 2014.