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With a big band show in London on the horizon, Michael Feinstein, the tireless champion of the Great American Songbook, talks Dame Edna, George Clooney and Judge Judy. Oh, and a bit about music, too

Ask Michael Feinstein why he’s so enamoured with the Great American Songbook and the man who’s done so much to keep the standards alive goes into raptures. “The writers had an eloquent way of expressing the human condition that still resonates today,” he tells us. “It’s my job, or my goal, to present these songs in a way that shows them off to their great advantage. And the music truly is timeless…”

The pianist and singer, who turns 59 this month, is talking about classics penned by the likes of American luminaries George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, but also such British songwriters as Noël Coward and Ivor Novello. “And while I do enjoy contemporary artists and contemporary music, especially contemporary theatre music, these writers had a certain craft that’s largely lost,” he insists.

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Summer may be nearly over but fear not, the GT September issue is officially turning up the heat with English ruby star James Haskell. Bursting out of a glass box and straight onto the cover, James’s appearance in GT is timely given Keegan Hirst having recently come out at the first openly gay rugby league player. James has long been an advocate of the eradication of prejudice in sport and had this to say about Keegan’s decision to come out: “It took real strength and courage for Keegan to come out. He’s a tough guy, and the fact that his team mates, the fans and everybody has taken it so well shows that it can be done. And it shows that your sexuality really shouldn’t matter when it comes to playing sport.” Also in this issue: Keegan Hirst Kinky Boots John Grant Gay asylum seekers Cel Spellman Rebecca Root Natalie Imbruglia Kerry Ellis Jaymi Hensley And all the very best in style, tech, grooming and entertainment

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