The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #18 – Mike Veeck

How important is it to have fun?  If you’re Mike Veeck, the special guest on this episode of The Paul Leslie Hour, it’s one of the most important things in the world.  Mike Veeck applies fun to everything he does.  He’s a speaker, enterepeneur, college professor, minor league baseball team owner, restauranteur and all around idea-man.  His first book entitled “Fun is Good” tells how the philosophy of fun can make businesses more profitable and create a culture of creativity.  There’s so much to talk to Mike Veeck about!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #17 – Vanessa Perez

The guest on this episode of The Paul Leslie Hour, is Vanessa Perez, a classical pianist, performing and recording artist, born in the United States, but raised in Venezuela.  Recently, Vanessa Perez has embarked on a new live performance project called “New Worlds” with German cellist Jan Vogler, Chinese violinist Mira Wang and American actor Bill Murray.  New Worlds features recitations of classic American poetry and literature concurrent with performance of musical pieces.  There is also a New Worlds album now.

Vanessa Perez is a musical  artist who continues to explore new territory, performing the music of composers from the past and present.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #16 – Jan Vogler

We want you to meet cellist Jan Vogler, his classical music foundation, infectious passion and ability at his instrument are some of the reasons he is seen and heard performing with the most celebrated conductors and orchestras around the world.  In addition to performing the cello in concert, the German born Jan Vogler is fruitful as a recording artist on SONY records, with many releases and more to come.  Through our exclusive interview with musician Jan Vogler, something you’ll see very clear is his zeal for the international art form of music.  Classical music can be blended with other performing arts such as acting, dance and even spoken word poetry.  Along with Chinese violinist Mira Wang, Venezuelan pianist Vanessa Perez, American actor Bill Murray and our special guest Jan Vogler have presented a live performance and studio album called New Worlds.  It’s music and literature featuring Bill Murray as singer and narrator performing American songs from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim along with recitations of classic American poetry and literature.


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Win a copy of “New Worlds,” the new CD by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends


Listening to New Worlds, the debut album by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends has been an invigorating experience for me, it’s beautiful to hear the marriage of literature and melodies. Many people know American actor and comedian Bill Murray for his diverse film appearances, but lately he’s been honing another talent: reciting great excerpts of American literature and a little singing too.  Alongside German cellist Jan Vogler, Venezuelan pianist Vanessa Perez and Chinese violinist Mira Wang, Bill Murray has been appearing internationally in concerts singing classic American songs from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim and reading prose and poetry from the great American authors.

This week on The Paul Leslie Hour podcast, we’re presenting two of the great musicians from New Worlds. Listen for a chance to win a free copy of the album!

On the show for Monday, November 13th we present an interview with cellist Jan Vogler.  Following that, on the show for Wednesday, November 15th we present an interview with Vanessa Perez.  You can stream the show from thepaulleslie.com or get a free subscription on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play or Acast.

Listen to these episodes and you will learn everything you need to know to participate in this CD giveaway.  No purchase necessary.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #15 – Melora Hardin


Melora Hardin is an actor, singer and director known to many for playing the character “Jan Levinson” on the hit sitcom “The Office,” but her artistic experience is expansive! She’s graced the television and film screen as well as the stage. Acting, dancing and directing are just a few of her talents. Then, there’s her musical side. A singer-songwriter, she’s a concert performer and a recording artist  with 3 albums to her credit. It’s an interview with depth yet not an ounce of pretension. Listen and find out why Melora Hardin is beloved by so many audiences.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #14 – Shozan Jack Haubner

Shozan Jack Haubner is the pen name of a Zen monk who wrote the book Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex as well as Zen Confidential. He joins us on The Paul Leslie Hour to talk about the dual interests of writing and the practice of Zen. Many topics are discussed, including misconceptions about Buddhist monks and the positives of being “a nobody.”

This is an interview for anybody, somebody and nobody!


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #13 – Larry Bastian

Larry Bastian has lived a storied life. Farming, being a cowboy and working as a biologist are all a part of the tale. His family had farmed the San Joaquin Valley in California since the late 1800s, but what Larry Bastian is most known for is his songs. Legendary recording artists like George Jones, Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette, and Conway Twitty have recorded his songs. Bastian is also heavily associated with Garth Brooks who has covered and co-written songs with him.  Grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and listen. It’s a campfire conversation with a master storyteller!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #12 – Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn is a prolific singer-songwriter with more than 300 songs in his catalog.  A Canadian recording artist, this interview (among many topics) is discussing his 33rd studio album “Bone on Bone.”  Bruce Cockburn’s songs have been covered by a diverse number of artists: Barenaked Ladies, Ani DiFranco, k.d. lang, Jimmy Buffett, the Jerry Garcia Band, Dan Fogelberg and many others.

Cockburn has written many beautiful songs. The first song I heard of his was “Pacing the Cage.”  He’s long been someone I wanted to have on the show and now he’s kind enough to join us!

Special thanks to Bernie Finkelstein.


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #11 – Renee Olstead

Hey. It’s Me. A great singer cannot be limited to a singular style, like jazz or country. Singer, recording artist and actress Renee Olstead is an example of this. Known by many for nostalgic interpretations of American Songbook standards, the Texas-born Olstead is exploring the emotional sounds of country music. Her latest single “Help Me Make It Through the Night” is generating considerable excitement on the internet.

The thing that is intriguing about Renee Olstead is how versatile she is. You could imagine her fitting in effortlessly on the set of a movie in LA, behind the microphone at a jazz club or a smoky Honky-tonk. Well, we’re just glad she thought she’d fit in here on The Paul Leslie Hour.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #10 – Barbara Gaines

Hey.  It’s Me.

Barbara Gaines worked with television personality David Letterman for more than 30 years.  She was working with Dave prior to his “late night” days.  The first TV show Letterman hosted was The David Letterman Show, but she called it “the morning show,” and it aired 5 days a week in the morning for a few months in 1980.

“Barbara Gaines” was a name I saw and heard repeatedly over the years as a devoted “Late Show” viewer.  I’m very glad to now know the woman herself.  And I want to give special thanks to our very special surprise guest, Simon, who added incredible insight and honesty.  Happy listening!

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