Jazz at Lincoln Center will close out the season with Legends of the Jazz Age, the last of the four segments of the Jazz and Popular Song series. Award winning singer-pianist Michael Feinstein returns as Director and Host.
Throughout his career, Feinstein has dove headfirst into the Great American Songbook to re-introduce standards to the world while maintaining the original integrity of the compositions. The previous segment in April featured the music of George Gershwin. The focus on the legendary composer's many works reminded the audience that good music should stand the test of time. If anyone doubted this, one listen to the foxtrot arrangement of "Rhapsody in Blue" or the eternal loveliness of "Our Love is Here to Stay" silenced the debate.
June 11th and 12th will see Feinstein, Ann Hampton Callaway, Kevin Mahogany, Charenee Wade, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks honoring and interpreting the music of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. This era of Prohibition, the rise of the speakeasy, and intense disillusionment in the face of massive poverty also saw the evolution of jazz legends. Some of the most popular stars of the time- Louis Armstrong, Mildred Bailey, Sophie Tucker, Fats Waller, Ethel Waters, and Lee Wiley- will be in the spotlight once again in the Appel Room of Frederic P. Rose Hall.
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have become stars in their own right, thanks to the success of the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. Giordano's extensive collection of early 20th century arrangements and recordings (rumored to exceed 60,000) has made him one of the great archivists of American music. Together with Feinstein, the history of this musical period is well protected, and will not be forgotten. The evening should prove to be, as the young people of the time might say, the bee's knees.
Legends of the Jazz Age with Michael Feinstein, June 11th and 12th, in the Appel Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederic P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY 10019. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jalc.org.