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Michael Feinstein: A Right to Sing the Blues

The diversification of the blues and its relationship to American popular song is a phenomenon that shaped essentially every other genre of American music. Jazz & Popular Song series director Michael Feinstein demonstrates how the blues became part of the popular musical lexicon with writers like George Gershwin and Harold Arlen. “There were a lot of singers before Ella who would have sung ‘Am I Blue’ and ‘I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues,’ who would have sung the song square,” says Feinstein, “but it was vocal jazz artists who mined the jazz and blues elements from these songs, and therefore made them enduring standards.” Joining Feinstein will be the Tedd Firth Big Band and three exciting singers: Mary Stallings, a renowned vocalist who’s worked with top jazz musicians since the 1950s; Storm Large, a versatile artist well known as a member of the genre-crossing “little orchestra” Pink Martini; and Jamie Davis, a world-traveling baritone powerhouse. The evening’s repertoire will be as diverse as this talented group of musicians, featuring such tunes as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Show Me the Way to get Out of this World,” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.”

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Michael Feinstein 

Storm Large 

Mary Stallings 

Jamie Davis

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