The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #38 – Sammy Rimington

Sammy Rimington is one of the leading advocates and practitioners of New Orleans revival jazz today. He’s been recording and performing professionally for more than 50 years. Born in the United Kingdom, Sammy Rimington is a clarinetist and reed player and has worked with many of the legends in music and has contributed to hundreds of recordings. We’re honored to welcome him to The Paul Leslie Hour for a unique look at a wonderful style of music.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #37 – Julie Gold

Julie Gold, the songwriter of “From a Distance” shares her story and how her song became a favorite around the world. “From a Distance” has been recorded and performed in many languages as well as at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. It was played in outer space. It has been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Nanci Griffith, Cliff Richard and many others.

Although the interview was recorded back in 2012, it’s just as relevant today. This is the first podcast episode of 2018 and a fine way to start the year.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #36 – Gary Portnoy

Singer-songwriter and recording artist Gary Portnoy has written many songs recorded by both himself and other artists, however his most famous composition is “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” known to many as the theme song to the television sitcom “Cheers.” It’s the kind of interview I find the most enjoyable. You know the artist’s work, but you don’t know what their voice sounds like or how their personality is. As it turns out, Gary Portnoy is someone I appreciate and who comes across as very sincere.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #35 – Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent, one of the most successful and internationally recognized jazz singers and recording artists with over 2 million records sold is our guest on this show. 2017 saw the release of her first orchestral album, I Know I Dream, in a discography of more than 15 albums. I Know I Dream is quite simply an aural feast, and Stacey Kent is one of the truly great singers of our time.  Listening to her work, I understand why artists from the novelist Kazuo Ishiguro to the perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena have all found inspiration and awe in her singing.

Meet this incredible artist here on The Paul Leslie Hour and if you listen to her music, expect to be swept away.

Special thanks to Max Horowitz of Crossover Media for making this interview possible.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #34 – Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price, like so many great musicians is from Louisiana. An inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, he’s one of the absolute legends in popular music. Known for his songs like “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy” “Personality” and “Just Because,” Price’s songs have also been recorded/performed by everyone from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Paul McCartney, and Joe Cocker.

Never one to rest on laurels, Lloyd Price’s recent album “This is Rock and Roll” features new songs as well as interpretations of rock and roll standards. It’s all here in this fast-paced interview with one of rock and roll’s founders!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #33 – Monica Mancini

Monica Mancini is a Concord Records artist who has twice been nominated for a Grammy. A jazz vocalist, Mancini is not limited to the American Songbook (although she does this very well), in fact her most recent album I’ve Loved These Days features interpretations of classic rock songs from the 60s. The daughter of the legendary composer Henry Mancini, Monica is lively, interesting and a pleasure to have in conversation. I hope you enjoy meeting the artist!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #32 – Frank Owens

Pianist, conductor, musical director, composer and producer Frank Owens has recorded and performed with Johnny Mathis, Lena Horne, Chubby Checker, Barbara McNair, Petula Clark, and others. Frank Owens was also the musical director for David Letterman’s first television show which was broadcast in the morning called The David Letterman Show. In addition to a great interview, Frank Owens surprised us with some impromptu singing and piano playing! 

Special thanks to Tahiat Mahboob for permission to use the photograph of Frank Owens. Visit her online.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #31 – Susan Birkenhead

Susan Birkenhead is one of the most in-demand theatre lyricists. She made her Broadway debut as a contributor to Working in 1978. Her songwriting has been featured in many productions both on and off Broadway, including Jelly’s Last Jam, Triumph of Love, High Society, Hats!, Radio Girl and most recently The Secret Life of Bees. Susan Birkenhead has written with some of the best composers including Charles Strouse, David Foster, Jule Styne and others. In fact, with Styne, Birkenhead wrote two songs recorded by Frank Sinatra.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #30 – Otis Redding III

Otis Redding III is the son of the legendary Otis Redding, the King of Soul. Redding was bestowed with his father’s talents and is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, performing and recording artist. Otis Redding III speaks with a sense of humility, but yet continues the tradition of musical excellence associated with the name “Redding.” Like the song his father wrote, Otis Redding III is full of respect for the art of music. It’s an interview with music royalty here on The Paul Leslie Hour!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #29 – Jeff Altman

Jeff Altman is an entertainer who focuses on sleight of hand card magic. He’s also had an incredible career as a stand up comic and actor. He’s acted in such television shows as The Dukes of HazzardNight Court and Baywatch. Jeff Altman has been a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson as well as more than 40 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. In fact, David Letterman called him the funniest person he knows. Esquire magazine called him a “comic genius.” He’s influenced Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Judd Apatow and others. It’s all here on a magical episode of The Paul Leslie Hour!


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