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Spectacle

Released
September 2009
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Spectacle: Elvis Costello with....


The featured guests of the series’ debut season are Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, Smokey Robinson, The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers), James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, John Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), Norah Jones, Jenny Lewis, Renée Fleming and President Bill Clinton.

Elvis Costello is an internationally acclaimed figure with a captivating presence and vast knowledge of music and songwriting. Recognized by his peers, critics and fans alike as one of the world’s great songwriters, Costello has written and recorded in musical genres as diverse as new wave, jazz, country, opera, classical and rock/pop. He is noted musicologist, and has contributed articles on music (and musical legends) to Vanity Fair magazine.

“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” features everything from intimate one-on-one conversations with legendary performers and notable newcomers to thematic panel discussions. Guest artists not only talk but perform — demonstrating the development and creation of their music and playing new, stripped-down or solo versions of some of their best and most loved songs. Costello also performs, starting each episode with an original, never before seen (or heard) interpretation of a song by the featured guest, or a song connected to them. And on top of all that are extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and pairings.

Additional musical special guests include Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve of The Imposters; guitarist James Burton, who played with Elvis Presley; legendary producer, pianist, writer, arranger and singer Allen Toussaint; three-time Grammy® Award winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden; jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny, who has collected 17 Grammy® Awards; jazz pianist Bill Charlap; Larry Campbell and Tony Garnier of Bob Dylan’s touring band, and violinist/vocalist Jenny Scheinman.