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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Lily Frost

Canadian vocalist and songwriter Lily Frost launched her career with her band The Colorifics, which packed cubs up and down the West Coast of the US and Canada for years. She's since made the jump to solo artist and songwriter. Her musical mentor, the late Ray Condo, inspired her album Lily Swings, and her style has been compared to Regina Spektor and Feist. On this Song Travels, she performs her original song "Enchantment" along with a few old favorites.



Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk

Feinstein welcomes the dynamic classical duo of violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk. The two have been recording and performing together in the classical repertoire for years and are equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook. On this Song Travels, Bell and Denk perform selections by Ravel, Debussy, and Saint-Saens, connecting the dots between French Impressionism and Gershwin.




American vocalist and songwriter Somi combines the music of her African heritage with American-style jazz, pop, and soul. Her parents emigrated from Rwanda and Uganda, and Somi spent eighteen months living in Lagos, Nigeria. The result was the inspiration for her 2014 album The Lagos Music Salon. On this Song Travels Somi and Michael Feinstein discuss the cultural roots of her music. She performs her original "Last Song" and joins Feinstein for "Embraceable You."



Marilyn and Alan Bergman

Songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman are a legendary power couple in American popular music whose work includes the themes for television programs Alice, Good Times, and In the Heat of the Night. They've earned multiple Emmys, Grammys and Academy Awards, including Best Original Song for "The Way We Were," written with Marvin Hamlisch. The hits keep coming as this week Feinstein performs "There's You," a song he co-wrote with the Bergmans. Alan Bergman joins Feinstein to perform "Where Do You Start" and "How Do Keep the Music Playing."



Nellie McKay

Vocalist, composer, and actress Nellie McKay brings a comedic flair to her stage shows, including Nellie with a Z, in which she plays a cabaret veteran three times her age! Her music also has been featured on the television series Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, and Boardwalk Empire. Her latest album, My Weekly Reader, is out March 24. On this Song Travels, McKay and host Feinstein team up for "Pennies from Heaven" and "The Nearness of You," and she performs her original "Beneath the Underdog."



Aaron Neville

Grammy-winning R&B/soul singer Aaron Neville has been a music mainstay for more than five decades. Ambassador to the world for New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, he is this week's guest on Song Travels. Neville performs a set of Doo-Wop greats, including "This Magic Moment" and "Under the Boardwalk," and he and host Feinstein create their own magic moment with a duet of "Smile."



Rene Marie

Jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress Rene Marie launched her career in 1999 with her self-released debut album, Renaissance, and quickly found success as a performer and recording artist. Her 2013 album, I Wanna Be Evil, is the first ever tribute album to the late Earth Kitt. On this Song Travels, Marie explains what led to her recent project and performs "C'Est Si Bon" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" with host Feinstein at the keys.



Eric Hutchinson

Eric Hutchinson's self-released debut album, Sounds Like This, made it to #5 on iTunes' album chart and went on to #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. On this Song Travels, Hutchinson and host Michael Feinstein talk about the lineage of Pop music, from Frank Sinatra and the Beatles to Elvis Costello and the Strokes. Performances include original songs by Hutchinson and his take on Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears."



John Wilson

British conductor, arranger, and scholar John Wilson serves as conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the United Kingdom, including his own, which has the reputation as an ensemble of world-class musicians. On this Song Travels, Wilson describes his project to reconstruct the lost scores of iconic MGM films, such as Singin' in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz. Musical selections include "Love of My Life" and "Les Girls" from the John Wilson Orchestra's album Cole Porter in Hollywood.



Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. met as members of the iconic sixties R&B/Pop group The Fifth Dimension, with hits including "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" and "One Less Bell to Answer." Together they have received seven Grammy Awards and earned fifteen Gold and three Platinum Records. After more than forty years of marriage and performing together, their love, mutual respect, and music are still going strong. On this edition of Song Travels, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. share the story of their ongoing love and partnership.



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