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Artist’s Choice: Michael Feinstein on Must-Hear Gershwin Performances

Astaire, Ella, Sinatra and more

Michael Feinstein
Ella Fitzgerald, circa November 1946

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a special fascination with the music of George Gershwin. I first became aware of Gershwin when I heard “Rhapsody in Blue” sometime in my early teens. That was a defining moment in my musical life, because I’d never heard any piece of music that affected me so dramatically. It was not only transforming but also uplifting in a way that felt very personal. From that point on, I was determined to find out everything I could about George Gershwin.

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