WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
A singer, historian, and consummate entertainer, director Michael Feinstein brings irrepressible charm and encyclopedic knowledge to the Jazz & Popular Song series. The latest edition in this exciting series is a spirited dedication to Mel Tormé, an iconic songwriter called the "velvet fog" in reference to his enchantingly smooth voice. Tormé was a remarkably effective singer; with the soothing sound of a classic crooner, deep musical sophistication, and emotional intensity in his treatment of melody, he amplified the impact of already powerful songs. Special guest vocalists include award-winning stars and masters of the Great American Songbook — Billy Stritch and Catherine Russell — and the 20-year-old newcomer Maddie Baillio, who recently played Tracy Turnblad in NBC's Hairspray Live! The Tedd Firth Big Band will round out this insightful, moving, and highly entertaining foray into the world of Tormé.