September 29th, 7:30PM
Available online ticketmaster.com/auditorium, by phone (800.982.2787) or in-person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E. Congress Parkway).
About Michael Feinstein
Dubbed "the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," Michael Feinstein is considered one of the premier interpreters of American Standards. The multi platinum-selling, five time-Grammy nominated entertainer's 200-plus shows a year include performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl as well as The White House and Buckingham Palace. Introduced to the legendary Ira Gershwin at an early age, Feinstein became Gershwin's assistant for six years where he not only honed his musical skills but earned access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded. Feinstein has received National recognition for his commitment to celebrating America's popular song and has gone on to found the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, awarding scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Michael also serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, as Artistic Director of the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana and as the Director of the Jazz and Popular Song Series at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center. Feinstein has participated in various television specials including "The Sinatra Legacy" currently airing on PBS and "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" which will return to primetime in February of 2013. His albums have gone on to receive critical acclaim including USA Today's "10 best CDs of the Year" for "Only One Life - The Songs of Jimmy Webb." His own record label, Feinery, a Concord records Subsidiary, records current artists and works to restore recordings and musical broadcasts from the golden age of popular song. Feinstein's live performances, recordings, film and television appearances and songwriting, are all a true testament to his all-star force and commitment to American music.
About Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chicago's oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation, is one of the most highly regarded orchestra's by the finest musicians in the field. Led by Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg, the CJO is constantly looking for new challenges - both in repertoire and stylistic choices -infusing their sound with a spirit of versatility that has made the CJO a favorite performer not only in jazz venues, but just about anywhere big band music can be presented. The CJO is the professional jazz orchestra of choice for nationally headlining soloists, performing with a luminous list of artists and touring Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark. The CJO has performed 23 straight years at The Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC (December 2 will be their 24th straight performance at that event) and created a concert series that is the longest-running jazz orchestra concert series in Chicago (13 years). Because the CJO has its own transcriptions of the original recordings and its own unique arrangements, much of the music presented by the orchestra at its performances cannot be heard anywhere else.