Celebrate the Holidays with Michael Feinstein

Airs on The Jonathan Channel - December 22 at 7PM, December 24 at 4PM and December 25 at 11AM

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This year, The Jonathan Channel will celebrate the holiday season with our friend, Michael Feinstein. This hour-long celebration of the American holiday songbook features nearly 30 rare and unusual tracks culled from Michael Feinstein’s personal collection of 20,000 recordings, including rare performances by Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and Donny Hathaway.

You’ll enjoy a medley of swinging Christmas songs of the post-WWII era, including “Little Jack Frost, Get Lost,” a delightful Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee duet, as well as jazz legend Louis Armstrong’s seldom-heard early '50s Christmas tune, “’Zat You, Santa Claus?” The show also delves briefly into an even more unusual category—the urban blues Christmas song—with recordings by blues great Bessie Smith, the African-American vaudeville team Butterbeans and Susie, and Patti Page, best known as a country singer.

Michael has also searched through his catalog for some of the worst, least-memorable holiday songs. You’ll hear a briefly painful medley tunes by a diverse roster of artists, including Connie Francis, Mel Blanc (best known as the voice of Bugs Bunny), Liberace, and the long-forgotten early '20s crooner Arthur Tracy.

Best of all, you’ll enjoy three performances from Michael himself, including comedian Tom Lehrer’s classic “Hanukkah in Santa Monica.” 

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korngold from scarsdale. ny

Now build a video click with the YouTube library.

Dec. 24 2013 01:59 PM
Bill Reed from California

Unless you want to count Tennessee Waltz, probably her biggest hit ever, I am not exactly sure---in fact I'm CERTAIN---that Patti Page is not best described as a country singer (not that there's too much wrong with that). Otherwise, she somewhat briefly flirted with the "uptown country" genre in the 1960s; but the rest of the time she was strictly strictly MOR pop "Doggie in the Windoww," etc. and a first rate jazz-oriented vocalist. I feel that Michael Feinstein would be the first to agree with me.

Dec. 16 2013 11:16 PM

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