Song Travels Express

Song Travels Express

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Catch up with host Michael Feinstein and his musical guests on this week's episode of Song Travels from NPR Music. Hear samples of music from some of the top artists in jazz, rock, country, and blues, and uncover the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another.More from Song Travels Express »

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Rebecca Roubion

The songs of Nashville-based indie vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Rebecca Roubion have been featured on the TV shows Bones and Pretty Little Liars. Drawing from the influences of Carol King and Eva Cassidy, her voice has been compared to Norah Jones, and her single "Break" was included on the 2014 album Nashville's Indie Spotlight. On this edition of Song Travels, Roubion performs her original song "Here Lies My Pulse."

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Arturo O'Farrill Bonus Episode

Grammy-winning bandleader, composer and pianist Arturo O'Farrill is the founder and artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has performed worldwide. He's also an educator, and on this Song Travels podcast, he and host Feinstein talk about the importance of creativity and innovation in jazz performance and music education. O'Farrill and his ensemble perform a piece by Arturo's son Adam O'Farrill, "The Moon Follows Us Wherever We Go." Visit NPR.org for more from Arturo O'Farrill, including a 2002 encore episode of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, a new episode of Alt.Latino, and a Tiny Desk Concert.

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Arturo O'Farrill

Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer, and pianist Arturo O'Farrill is the son of the late Chico O'Farrill and has carried on his father's legacy as director of the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has performed worldwide. On this edition of the Song Travels podcast, Arturo O'Farrill and his ensemble—Carlo De Rosa on bass, Carlos Maldonado and Robert Quintero on percussion—perform O'Farrill's original "With Whom I am Well Pleased."

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Marilyn Maye

Actress and vocalist Marilyn Maye is a lifelong performer with a career spanning nearly eight decades. Her big break came in the 1950s and she went on to become a staple of the New York and West Coast Cabaret scenes. On this "Song Travels" podcast, Maye shares about her start in childhood talent competitions, her ongoing career, and her many runs in the musical Hello Dolly!

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David Hyde Pierce

Actor, singer, and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Niles Crane on the television series Frasier. A Tony Award-winning stage actor, Pierce joins Feinstein to talk about everything from Beethoven to his role in the Broadway show Curtains.

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Hilary Gardner

Vocalist Hilary Gardner made her debut on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's musical Come Fly Away, singing solos and duets with Frank Sinatra. In 2014, she released her debut solo album, The Great City, a love letter to New York. On this Song Travels podcast, Gardner performs a song by Nellie McKay, "Manhattan Avenue."

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Jose James

Vocalist and songwriter Jose James draws his musical inspiration from hip hop and indie rock in addition to jazz and R&B. He's toured extensively and has gained a following with his acclaimed 2013 album, No Beginning No End, and his 2014 release, While You Were Sleeping. On this Song Travels, James remembers Billie Holiday, who was born 100 years ago this past April, and performs her songs.

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Lari White

Vocalist and producer Lari White is known as Nashville's "Renaissance Woman." She made history as the first female producer of a male superstar for Toby Keith's Platinum album "White Trash with Money." On this "Song Travels" podcast, White joins host Feinstein to talk about her roots in gospel music and country songwriting. She performs her original song "Lead Me Not."

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Betty Buckley

Tony Award-winning vocalist and actress Betty Buckley debuted the role of Grizabella in the original Broadway production of Cats and has had a lifelong career on the stage and screen. She also has released sixteen solo albums, including her 2014 album, Ghostlight, produced by T-Bone Burnett.

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Jon Regen

Pianist, vocalist, and composer Jon Regen was an apprentice of the renowned pianist Kenny Barron. He's performed at venues worldwide, including a month-long stint at teh Blue Note in Japan, and toured with Kyle Eastwood's band. On this Song Travels podcast, Regen performs the title track from his 2015 album Stop Time.

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