Nelson Riddle

Michael Feinstein is keeping the standards alive

Michael Feinstein is keeping the standards alive

Perhaps the most concise way to summarize Michael Feinstein's work over nearly 30 years as a prominent keeper of the flame for the Great American Songbook is to say that the Great American song title that least applies to him might be Duke Ellington and Bob Russell's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."

Feinstein, 57, came to L.A. from his native Ohio in the 1970s to sing and play in piano bars, immersed himself in the art and lore of his musical calling as an assistant to Ira Gershwin, and has gone on to champion his favored song form in all venues at hand including co-proprietorship of Feinstein's concert nightclub and a nonprofit foundation based outside Indianapolis....