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"I've always had a very, I guess you could almost say manic love of music and styles," Cheyenne Jackson says. "Music is just everything to me."

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June 7, 2013 – The Broadway and 30 Rock star performs a stripped-down version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."


 "I think that's maybe my best strength as a musician: the ability to accompany and to breathe with whoever's taking the lead," Thomas Lauderdale says.

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May 31, 2013 – NPR's Ari Shapiro and others join the Pink Martini co-founder in a journey through popular song.


Liza Minnelli says that songs "punctuate your emotions throughout your life."

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May 24, 2013 – The Broadway star and actress says that songs "punctuate your emotions throughout your life."


"I've thought to myself often listening to some classical works: 'I think I want to make a couple million dollars and turn that into a pop song,'" Joshua Bell (right) says, laughing. "There's a lot of untapped potential there."

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May 17, 2013 – Connect the dots between classical music and standards with the dynamic violin-and-piano duo.


Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

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May 3, 2013 – The pianist covers Spanish composer Federico Mompou and American popular songwriter Alec Wilder.


"Any show that's any good is much better a month later," Davie Hyde Pierce says of Broadway critics who only show up the first night. "And if it's been done right, it's way better a year later, but such is life."

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April 26, 2013 – The TV and Broadway star performs his favorite standards and talks Beethoven, rap and Spamalot.


 "In a way, I use music like we use the Internet," Bette Midler says. "One link brings you to another link, and from that link you move onto another.

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April 19, 2013 – From Louis Jordan to Hawaiian music to Destiny's Child, the Divine Miss M opens up her collection.


"I like the emotional criers," Neil Sedaka says of ballads.

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April 12, 2013 – The man behind "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" plays his iconic song in a set of "emotional criers."


"Judy Garland used to live the song, live the lyric and everything else," Rumer says. "So when I sing a song, I have to live the song."

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April 5, 2013 – Rumer joins Michael Feinstein to talk Judy Garland and perform from the Great American Songbook.


José Feliciano.

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March 29, 2013 – The Puerto Rican acoustic guitarist pays tribute to Elvis Presley with host Michael Feinstein.


Matt Munisteri.

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March 22, 2013 – Munisteri and Michael Feinstein share tunes that, while forsaken by the past, are easy to remember.


Jake Shimabukuro.

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March 8, 2013 – The ukulele player joins host Michael Feinstein for a duet of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."


Gloria Gaynor.

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March 1, 2013 – The disco diva behind "I Will Survive" sings "My Funny Valentine" with host Michael Feinstein.


Aaron Neville.

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February 15, 2013 – Hear Neville's silky voice in renditions of "This Magic Moment" and Charlie Chaplin's "Smile."


Ryan Bingham.

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February 8, 2013 – The Oscar winner performs songs with a roadhouse feel, including his own "As I Do My Dancing."


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