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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Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro has carried the sound of the ukulele from his home in Hawaii to the world's concert stages. With his imagination and remarkable skill, he proves the ukulele can handle any genre. His album Grand Ukulele shows off new sides of the instrument and features a number of original songs and reinterpretations. On this week's Song Travels, Shimabukuro plays his own composition "Ukulele Five O."



Ginny Mancini

Ginny Mancini performed with Mel Torme and the Mel Tones before marrying fellow musician, composer, and conductor, Henry Mancini, who passed away in 1994. He would have celebrated his 91st birthday on April 16. This week, we remember Henry Mancini, as Ginny shares stories of their life together, her career, and Henry's remarkable contributions to American film, television, and song.



Jose Feliciano

One of the great living guitarists, Jose Feliciano has received eight Grammy Awards and has been nominated 17 times. In 1996, he received Billboard magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. On this Song Travels podcast, Feliciano performs a raw, live version of Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets."



Joelle Lurie & The Pinehurst Trio

Jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress Joelle Lurie is a regular at hip New York City venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall and the Zinc Bar, where she performs with her ensemble, The Pinehurst Trio. On this Song Travelspodcast, Joelle Lurie and the Pinehurst Trio perform a traditional Irish folk song, "Hares on the Mountain."



Joelle Lurie

Jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress Joelle Lurie is a regular at hip New York City venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall and the Zinc Bar, where she performs with her ensemble, The Pinehurst Trio. On this Song Travels podcast, Joelle Lurie and the Pinehurst Trio perform the title track from her latest album, "Take Me There."



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."



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