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Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook: A New Step Every Day

Airs Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Michael Feinstein performs during a taping of the PBS series "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook."

This three-part series coming to PBS in October, 2010 is a dynamic, documentary-style road trip and cultural primer, with Michael Feinstein as the leader of an expedition through the glorious history of American popular song.

Inside Michael's Collection

Explore Michael Feinstein's special exhibition.

Viewers follow him both on stage and back stage, hear him interpret great standards, listen in on personal stories about the songwriters and entertainers he’s known and worked with over three decades, and accompany him on his quest to find and preserve the rare treasures of classic American music Rare archival audio and film footage combine to reveal the social and historical forces behind the music that helped shape the style, attitude, and self-image of America for more than a century.

Filled with generous portions of live performance, this series offers both an intimate portrait of a unique entertainer, and a history of 20th Century pop culture.

Episode three, "A New Step Every Day," explores the fast and furious 1920s and 1930s, when jazz was hot, credit was loose, and illegal booze flowed freely in underground speakeasies.

Between performances, Feinstein illustrates the impact of talking pictures, the dawn of radio, and the fledgling recording industry. Additionally, it introduces viewers to other collectors and musicians who keep the spirit of the Jazz Age alive today.

The first episode, "Putting On the Tail Fins (1950s–1960s)" aired on October 6th, and the second episode, "Best Band in the Land (1940s)" aired October 13th.

Video

Interview with Michael Feinstein

Above: The three part series is a dynamic, documentary-style road trip and cultural primer, with Michael Feinstein as the leader of an expedition through the glorious history of American popular song. Viewers follow him both on stage and back stage, hear him interpret great standards, listen in on personal stories about the songwriters and entertainers he's known and worked with over three decades, and accompany him on his quest to find and preserve the treasures of classic American popular music.

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