September 2015 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

September 2015 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

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Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin (9/19)

Join host Michael Feinstein this month on Song Travels for a variety of programs by artists who have ventured into the world of jazz, and on 9/19 we'll hear from classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, founder and Director of the guitar Department at the Julliard School of Music.

9/5       Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin attended William Paterson University, where he formed a friendship with his mentor, the late Clark Terry. Justin, who lost his vision at age 11, connected with the trumpeter, who was dealing with his own vision loss. Their journey together was chronicled in the documentary Keep On Keepin’ On. He went on to work with Quincy Jones, and his 2015 album, Dedication, topped the jazz charts. This week, Kauflin remembers his mentor with “For Clark.”

9/12      Jazz pianist Barbara Carroll is regarded as New York’s first lady of jazz piano. Her career has spanned seven decades and includes everything from appearances on Broadway to performances in concert halls worldwide, as well as a remarkable 24-year run at Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel. She currently performs regularly in New York with bassist Jay Leonhart. On this Song Travels, Carroll performs “No Moon at All” and joins host Feinstein for the Gershwins’ “Isn’t It a Pity.”

9/19      Renowned classical guitarist Sharon Isbin has released more than 25 albums, toured worldwide, and premiered some of the finest new guitar works of the last century. Trained by the legendary Andrés Segovia, Isbin is the first and only female guitarist to win a classical Grammy and she is the founder and Director of the Guitar Department at the Juilliard School of Music. On this Song Travels, her mastery is on display as Isbin shares notable recordings of her work and plays from her classical repertoire.

9/26      Bassist Jay Leonhart is a highly sought-after session musician, a trio leader, and a one-man act. He got his start as a kid playing banjo and guitar with his brother in the ’40s and ’50s and was inspired to take up the bass after hearing Ray Brown and the Oscar Peterson Trio. He’s played with musicians from all genres and has been on the New York jazz scene for almost five decades. This week, Leonhart brings songs and stories from his act and joins Feinstein for a duet of “Problem.”