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Michael Feinstein & the Gershwins :: A Life-long Love Affair

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Friday Mar 1, 2013

When we hear the term The Great American Songbook, artists that immediately come to mind are Ira and George Gershwin... and Michael Feinstein. The songwriting Gershwins are synonymous with a time in American culture when popular songs came from the Broadway stage and film musicals. They articulated the restlessness of the Jazz Age, bringing syncopation and wit to the popular song, which is why their catalogue has endured, even grown in stature, in the decades since George Gerswhin's untimely death at the age of 39 in 1937.

Many music artists - from Ella Fitzgerald to Sting - have recorded their songs, but no one is better associated with the Gershwins' work than Michael Feinstein. In fact, he's spent his life studying, cataloging and preserving it. This life-long project began when at the age of 20 Feinstein moved to LA where, through a mutual friend, he met Ira Gershwin. The lyricist hired him to first catalogue his extensive collection of phonograph records. This led to six years of researching, cataloguing and preserving the unpublished sheet music and rare recordings in Gershwin's home.

Based out of San Francisco, BEBE SWEETBRIAR is the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse. As an entertainer and hostess, BeBe can be scene every week hosting and performing at countless events and parties in the San Francisco. One of the few drag personalities to sing live while performing, BeBe has literally graced every notable stage in San Francisco, bridging many gay sub-community gaps. She has also been the opening act for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, "Ugly Betty’s" Alec Mapa and Dance Diva Kristine W. Adding recording artist to her list of performance accomplishments in 2008 with the release of her first single "Save Me", Ms. Sweetbriar will soon release her fifth dance single in 2012 called "Show It Off"..
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.


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