Michael Feinstein and Company Celebrate Vintage Jazz

by Rachel Baker on April 27, 2014

Fans of Jazz and more specifically, the Gershwins will appreciate this review of the opening concert of Michael Feinstein’s “The Music of George Gershwin” at the Lincoln Center, last Wednesday night.

Michael Feinstein has been preaching the gospel according to George and Ira Gershwin for so many years that you might think he would run out of things to say or ways to present their work. But “The Music of George Gershwin,” the season-opening concert of his jazz and popular song series at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Wednesday evening, was a gusher in which the great vintage-jazz band Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and three guest singers examined the Gershwins’ legacy through a focused nostalgic lens.

As a pop music archivist, Mr. Giordano has amassed one of the world’s largest collections of vintage orchestral arrangements (some 60,000), which he and his band delivered with a lighthearted enthusiasm matched by their precision. As a bandleader, Mr. Giordano, who plays bass, bass tuba and bass saxophone, takes standards back to their roots and infuses them with a quick-stepping effervescence that strips away any tendencies toward ceremonial grandiosity.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/26/arts/music/michael-feinstein-and-company-celebrate-vintage-jazz.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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