The incredibly talented Michael Feinstein is the “archivist” of “The Great American Songbook,” which includes the 20th century music of Broadway and Hollywood musicals dating from 1920 to 1960. They are considered jazz standards.
In 1977 Feinstein was hired by Ira Gershwin to catalog his phonograph record collection. He spent six years researching and cataloging the George and Ira Gershwin sheet music and rare record collection. He also became a good friend of Rosemary Clooney, who lived next to Ira Gershwin in Hollywood, and who is considered one of the great interpreters of “The Great American Songbook.”
Michael Feinstein has lent his name and talent to “The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative ” which promotes this musical legacy with young people and future generations.