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Feinstein, Michael  

Colette Simonot

(Jay )

(b Columbus, OH, Sept 7, 1956). American Singer, pianist, and music archivist. He has been one of the premier interpreters of American standards. More than an entertainer, he has been dedicated to preserving the repertoire of the great American songbook. Feinstein first studied piano at the age of five but soon quit his lessons, preferring to play by ear. As a teenager he performed at weddings and parties in Columbus, Ohio, and after high school he played in local piano bars. In 1976 he moved to Los Angeles and met Ira Gershwin, who hired Feinstein to help catalog his phonograph collection and organize archival materials. For the next six years, Feinstein was Gershwin’s musical assistant, working with him to preserve the Gershwin family’s musical legacy. Through his relationship with Gershwin, Feinstein earned access to many unpublished songs by Gershwin, several of which he has since performed and recorded. After Gershwin’s death in ...


Rust, Brian  

Robert Gannon

(Arthur Lovell)

(b London, March 19, 1922; d Swanage, England, Jan 5, 2011). English discographer. He began collecting records at the age of five and from 1945 to 1960 worked in the gramophone library at the BBC, where he supervised the selection of recordings for broadcast; at the same time he wrote reviews of recordings for The Gramophone (1948–70). From 1960 he worked as a freelance writer of articles, liner notes, and discographies, all on early jazz, and from 1973 to 1984 he was the host of the program “Mardi Gras” for Capital Radio in London. His Jazz Records (1961) is the definitive discography of early jazz.

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with W. C. Allen: King Joe Oliver (Belleville, NJ, 1955)with R. Harris: Recorded Jazz: a Critical Guide (Harmondsworth, England, 1958) [listeners’ guide]Jazz Records, i: 1897–1931 (Hatch End, nr London, 1961, 2/1962 with index by ...