May 11
—12, 2016

Michael Feinstein: A Right to Sing the Blues


Jazz at Lincoln Center
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.
Manhattan, NY 10019

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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, and the interpretive brilliance of jazz vocalists. “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.”

 

These performances are part of the Jazz & Popular Song series and the Take 3, 4, 5 series. Subscribe today for the best seats at the best price. jazz.org/subs


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