Michael Jay Feinstein, 7 September 1956, Columbus, Ohio, USA. A singer, pianist and musical archivist, Feinstein was a boy prodigy, able to play all manner of show tunes by ear. His mother was an amateur tap dancer and his father a singer and sales executive. After attending high school in Columbus he worked as a piano salesman in California, where he discovered some rare acetate recordings by Oscar Levant. He returned them to the actor/pianists widow, who secured him a job as archivist and personal assistant to two of popular musics all-time great songwriters, Ira Gershwin and Harry Warren. In the late 70s and early 80s, as well as cataloguing their material, Feinstein unearthed several alternative Gershwin lyrics that had never been printed. Through Gershwin he met the lyricists god daughter, Liza Minnelli, and she opened a great many showbusiness doors for him. He also served as her accompanist, and played for other artists such as Rosemary...
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