Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.
Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy Award nomination in 2009 for The Sinatra Project. His PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook is now available on DVD, and recent CDs include The Power Of Two – collaborating with “Glee” and “30 Rock” star Cheyenne Jackson – and Cheek To Cheek, recorded with Broadway legend Barbara Cook.
Michael Feinstein serves as artistic director of the Palladium Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, and director of the Jazz and Popular Song Series at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. His Manhattan nightclub, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, presents the top talents of pop and jazz.
The roots of all this work began in Columbus, Ohio, where Feinstein started playing piano by ear as a 5-year-old. After graduating from high school, he worked in local piano lounges for two years, moved to Los Angeles when he was 20 and shortly after became Ira Gershwin’s assistant for six years, earning him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded. He also has become an unparalleled interpreter of music legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Harry Warren. Feinstein has received three honorary doctorates.
Through his live performances, recordings, songwriting, and film and television appearances, Feinstein is an all-star force in American music.