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Michael Feinstein's American Songbook Previous Broadcasts

A New Step Every Day (Episode #103H)

KQED Life: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 -- 4:00 AM

Episode Three, A New Step Every Day, explores the fast and furious 1920s and 1930s, when jazz was hot, credit was loose, and illegal booze flowed freely in underground speakeasies. Between performances, Feinstein illustrates the impact of talking pictures, the dawn of radio, and the fledgling recording industry. Additionally, it introduces viewers to other collectors and musicians who keep the spirit of the Jazz Age alive today.

Best Band in the Land (Episode #102H)

KQED Life: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

The second episode examines how popular songs provided emotional solace and patriotic inspiration during World War II. While preparing an original patriotic song, Michael weaves in the history of 1940s big bands, USO shows, V-disks, war bond rallies, and the powerful role popular music played in boosting morale.

Putting on the Tail Fins (Episode #101H)

KQED Life: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

This episode focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, when the Great American Songbook competed with new forms like rock 'n' roll, and rhythm & blues. As Feinstein crisscrosses the country performing with big bands, symphony orchestras and jazz combos, viewers learn how iconic singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney kept the Songbook alive by reinventing pop standards of the 1930s and 1940s.

A New Step Every Day (Episode #103H)

KQED Life: Sun, Feb 26, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

Episode Three, A New Step Every Day, explores the fast and furious 1920s and 1930s, when jazz was hot, credit was loose, and illegal booze flowed freely in underground speakeasies. Between performances, Feinstein illustrates the impact of talking pictures, the dawn of radio, and the fledgling recording industry. Additionally, it introduces viewers to other collectors and musicians who keep the spirit of the Jazz Age alive today.

Best Band in the Land (Episode #102H)

KQED Life: Sun, Feb 26, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

The second episode examines how popular songs provided emotional solace and patriotic inspiration during World War II. While preparing an original patriotic song, Michael weaves in the history of 1940s big bands, USO shows, V-disks, war bond rallies, and the powerful role popular music played in boosting morale.

Putting on the Tail Fins (Episode #101H)

KQED Life: Sun, Feb 26, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

This episode focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, when the Great American Songbook competed with new forms like rock 'n' roll, and rhythm & blues. As Feinstein crisscrosses the country performing with big bands, symphony orchestras and jazz combos, viewers learn how iconic singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney kept the Songbook alive by reinventing pop standards of the 1930s and 1940s.

Saloon Singer (Episode #203H)

KQED 9: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 -- 10:15 PM

This episode examines the allure of musical nightlife, from Mississippi juke joints, where Feinstein dazzles the crowd with some impromptu boogie-woogie blues, to the neon of Las Vegas, where he has a private tour of the now-closed Liberace Museum - and gets to play one of the rhinestone encrusted pianos. While keeping up his own busy schedule of live performances, Feinstein delves into the history of nightclub entertainment, from the Cotton Club in Harlem to Sinatra's Rat Pack, and talks to some pioneers of the form, such as Rose Marie (she "opened" Las Vegas in the 1940s) and the poet and author Maya Angelou, who once made her living doing a calypso club act in San Francisco.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sat, Feb 18, 2012 -- 4:15 AM

Lost and Found (Episode #202H)

KQED 9: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 -- 10:30 PM

"Lost and Found" reveals Feinstein's discovery of an undocumented, unknown song by one of the giants of American popular music and follows his quest to verify its authenticity. Along the way, he persuades another musical legend, Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, to teach him an unpublished, unrecorded song from his songwriting "trunk" that's never been heard prior to this broadcast. Between live performances in Dallas, Texas, Palm Desert, California, and Clinton, Connecticut, Feinstein's journey takes him to New York, Los Angeles and Madison, Wisconsin. Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole makes a guest appearance.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sat, Feb 11, 2012 -- 4:30 AM

Time Machines (Episode #201H)

KQED 9: Fri, Feb 3, 2012 -- 10:30 PM

This series follows performer/historian/collector Michael Feinstein on a journey across the country and through time, examining 20th-century American popular music. Contemporary scenes of Feinstein onstage, backstage and foraging in attics and flea markets are interwoven with archival footage, creating a hybrid of live performance, personal biography and cultural history.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sat, Feb 4, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
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    • early Thurs 12/08: planned KQED DT9s Over the Air outages

      (DT9.1 through 9.3) KQED will be performing maintenance at Sutro Tower in the overnight hours early Thursday 12/08. We are expecting a few power interruptions to take place and KQED will need to be off air for these. The outages are expected to be brief.

    • Wed 11/30: planned momentary outages of DT54 over the air signal

      (this is a continuation of the work originally announced for 11/28, which was not completed on Tuesday.) At some point during the morning of Wednesday Nov. 30th, the KQEH transmitter will switch from its main antenna to the auxillary one, to allow for the safety of workers doing maintenance for another TV station on the […]

    • Tues 11/29: DT54 Over the Air Signal restored

      Repairs have been completed on today’s transmitter issue, and the signals for DT54.1 through 54.5 have been restored.

To view previous issues and how they were resolved, go to our TV Technical Issues page.

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