The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES -

BORN: Colum­bus, Ohio, Septem­ber 7 1956, to Ed­ward Fe­in­stein (a sales­man for Kahn’s Meat Com­pany) and Maizie (a tap-dancer) EARLY CA­REER: Be­gan play­ing the pi­ano by ear, aged five; per­formed at Jewish wed­dings and lo­cal pi­ano lounges; moved to Los An­ge­les aged 20, in­tro­duced to Ira Gersh­win and be­came his as­sis­tant LATER CA­REER: 1983: started as a cabaret and theatre per­former; 1986: Broad­way show, Isn’t It Ro­man­tic; con­certs, broad­casts and records, in­clud­ing an album with the Is­rael Phil­har­monic Orches­tra JEWISH IDEN­TITY: He had a con­ven­tional Jewish up­bring­ing, but de­cided not to have a bar­mitz­vah as it had no par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance for him; not es­pe­cially re­li­gious, but was very moved by visit­ing Is­rael — “re­li­gion has a way of seep­ing back into your life as you get older”

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