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When we hear the term The Great American Songbook, artists that immediately come to mind are Ira and George Gershwin... and Michael Feinstein. The songwriting Gershwins are synonymous with a time in American culture when popular songs came from the Broadway stage and film musicals. They articulated the restlessness of the Jazz Age, bringing syncopation and wit to the popular song, which is why their catalogue has endured, even grown in stature, in the decades since George Gerswhin’s untimely death at the age of 39 in 1937.

Many music artists - from Ella Fitzgerald to Sting - have recorded their songs, but no one is better associated with the Gershwins’ work than Michael Feinstein. In fact, he’s spent his life studying, cataloging and preserving it. This life-long project began when at the age of 20 Feinstein moved to LA where, through a mutual friend, he met Ira Gershwin. The lyricist hired him to first catalogue his extensive collection of phonograph records. This led to six years of researching, cataloguing and preserving the unpublished sheet music and rare recordings in Gershwin’s home.

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