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My View: Michael Brings The Music Of Ella To Lincoln Center

My View: Michael Brings The Music Of Ella To Lincoln Center

There are not too many places in the world where you can see and hear music performances like the concert/shows produced in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room.  Before the music starts you get to see one of the most exciting views NYC has to offer of Central Park & Columbus Circle.  Then just as you’re silently singing “can’t take my eyes off of you”  the off-stage announcement is made…… “and now ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Michael Feinstein.”

Ella On My Mind is Michael’s final show of this year’s series (his 7th year) and it was a perfect blend of spectacular vocalists, extraordinary historic orchestrations, played by seasoned big band musicians led by the brilliant Tedd Firth. It’s hosted by the “one and only” Michael Feinstein.  The perfect acoustics of the Appel Room reverberated with the magnificent voices of Michael’s guest artists Nicole Henry, Jessie Mueller and Vuyo Sotashe and of course Mr. Feinstein.  Ella Fitzgerald is probably the greatest singer of American Music and the songs that she immortalized were entrusted to a group of musicians and singers that were truly worthy of performing such important music.  If that ain’t enough, Michael is one of the wittiest and knowledgeable hosts that one can ever have on a stage.  A great finale for the Jazz & Popular Song Series.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to

Nicole Henry & Michael Feinstein

Jesse Mueller, Vuyo Sotashe, Nicole Henry

Michael Feinstein

Nicole Henry, Vuyo Sotashe, Eda Sorokoff

Jazz at Lincoln Center

(For complete photos of this show go to


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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