While chronicling Feinstein's fabulous but exhausting life on the road - 150 performances a year, all over the country - Michael Feinstein's American Songbook delves into cultural history to reveal how popular music reflected different eras in the 20th century and shaped the style, attitude and self-image of America for more than a century.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook - Peter Mintun - Netflix
Peter Mintun (born 1950) is a pianist and historian of American music of the 1920s.
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook - Biography - Netflix
Mintun was born in 1950 into a musical family in Berkeley, California, and grew up playing at parties and local events, and was drawn to American music of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s at an early age. From 1973 to 1989, Mintun played regularly at the San Francisco restaurant L’Etoile and after that, at the Fairmont San Francisco. He began playing in New York City and played first at the New York Palace, then regularly at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel; he moved to New York city in 2001. Mintun has released three of his own recordings of songs of the ‘20s and ‘30s: “Deep Purple,” “Grand Piano,” and “Piano at the Paramount”, which were called “exemplars of re-creations of music of that era.” He has also produced piano rolls of his performances. He is an authority on the composer Dana Suesse and has championed her music. Since moving into an 1897 townhouse in Washington Heights, Manhattan, he has become an informal neighborhood historian as well.
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook - References - Netflix