Feinstein has focussed his conservationist efforts on educating young people about the art of The Great American Songbook. Master classes and educational programs run annually, not to mention he’s also the Feinstein behind Feinstein’s/54 Below — the New York nightclub that’s hosted some of the most legendary and celebrated artists of the twenty first century.
Take a trip down discography lane and you’ll find the street lined with thirty one Feinstein albums. Not one to just play the favourites, Feinstein’s recordings throw the door wide open on some of America’s greatest songwriters, recording entire albums of compositional works that go far beyond the handful of hits that one may ordinarily recognise. There’s more to Herman than ‘Hello Dolly’, more to Lane than ‘What Did I Have?’, more to Martin than ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, and Feinstein makes a point of showing us.
With five Grammy Award nominations, two Emmy nominations and a Drama Desk Special Award in his back pocket, Feinstein is set to light up the Sydney Opera House stage with Australian theatre veteran Bobby Fox. The ‘Shaken and Stirred’ tour boasts songs from artists across the Songbook timeline including Sinatra, Carole King and our very own Peter Allen. The greatest songs of our time aren’t refined to a time that predates colour TV. It’s a living, breathing collection of some of the greatest songs ever written, songs that have stood the test of time.