The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #49 – Kate McGarry

Kate McGarry is a jazz vocalist and songwriter. Called “a voice that soars with abundant hope,” she joins us to talk about her first trio album, The Subject Tonight is Love.  McGarry and her collaborators Keith Ganz and Gary Versace will be celebrating the release of the album with a performance at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta, Georgia on February 2nd and 3rd. Future performances will be held in New York City and Durham, North Carolina.

We learn about the album and the artist who created it, right here on The Paul Leslie Hour!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #48 – Dan Barrett

Dan Barrett is a trombonist, cornetist and musical arranger in a unique world of jazz known as the “traditional” form. Barrett has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Doc Cheatham, and many others. He’s played music for many motion pictures such as The Cotton Club and Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Woody Allen’s films Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You, and Bullets Over Broadway. Barrett is seen in the documentary film Wild Man Blues, about the European tour of Woody Allen’s New Orleans jazz band.

In addition to an in-depth interview, Barrett demonstrates his musical talent with a couple of musical performances!

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From Jerome Garfunkel: “I smoke my booze.”

Paul,
FYI. 
A friend offered me a glass of wine last week and I told her I like to smoke my booze. Who knows if she understood what I meant. 
But it led to words rattling around in my head for a few days. 
Jerome Garfunkel

I don’t gamble. Not a drinker.

Dots on a die. Booze in a bottle

I don’t spin bottles any longer. 

But I do roll them, big fat ones, 

Then I smoke the booze. 

I don’t toss the dice  any longer. 

But I do roll them,  big fat ones,

Then I smoke the dots.

I roll Dice in Zigzags. 

Big fat ones.

I pour Booze in Bamboos. 

Big fat ones. 

And I smoke the

Dots in the bottles, the Booze on the dice

The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #47 – David Was of Was (Not Was)

David Was is a man who lives at the corners of journalism and music. He goes by “David Was” in the world of music, and he is the stage brother and other half of the writing/producing collaboration Was (Not Was). A Detroit, Michigan native, his journey into the public sphere began as a journalist and jazz critic. David Was has had a big mark in the music world not just with his band, but also as a producer. He’s worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Mel Tormé, Iggy Pop, Ricky Lee Jones, Roy Orbison and many others. Going back to the journalism, under his given name of David Weiss, his byline has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Newsweek. Whether you call him David Was or David Weiss, he’s here on The Paul Leslie Hour for an unprecedented in-depth interview.


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #46 – Pia Zadora

There’s never been a story like the Pia Zadora story. Her stage career began at age 7. She’s been featured in major motion pictures, received numerous awards and has won over many people with her music. A performing and recording artist of several genres, Pia Zadora’s life has intersected with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Jermaine Jackson and many others. On the cusp of releasing her latest album of standards from the American Songbook, we were honored to sit down and get to know this beloved artist.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #45 – Jordan Critz

Jordan Critz is an award-winning composer and producer based in Nashville. Critz’s music has been heard on many recordings as well as in film and television including Disney, National Geographic, Apple, CBS, PBS, ABC, NBC, ESPN, Lifetime, TEDx. It is our pleasure to present an interview with a very talented and versatile artist whose work will continue to be heard and enjoyed by many.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #44 – Pete Seeger

Folksinger, banjoist, performing and recording artist Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) definitely made his mark on the world. He earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts  Medal, the Kennedy Center Award, The Presidential Medal of the Arts, Two Grammys, and membership in both the Songwriters Hall of Fame   and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many would say that Pete Seeger was arguably the most important American folk musician.

This interview was recorded in 2012 or 2013. It remains an important musical artifact shared here on The Paul Leslie Hour.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #43 – Hargus “Pig” Robbins

Hargus Melvin “Pig” Robbins is one of the great legends in music and has been called the most recorded pianist in the history of recorded music. Better known as “Pig” Robbins, he’s played on some of the most iconic tracks: Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces,” Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” and George Jones’s “White Lightening.” Some of the iconic artists Pig Robbins has worked with include Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Sturgill Simpson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Charlie Rich, etc. Pig Robbins has recorded his own albums under the name “Mel Robbins.” In 2012 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. We’re honored to have Pig with us! 


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #42 – Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck is the definition of what it means to be an iconic singer. The youngest boy in a large family with ten children, Engelbert Humperdinck, from Leicester, England, he grew up in Madras, India. In his career as a performing and recording artist, Humperdinck has sold approximately 150 million records, including 64 million gold and 24 million platinum records.   Know as “the King of Romance,” his most recent album, “The Man I Want to Be” is dedicated to his wife Patricia, who is battling Alzheimer’s and features an eclectic  collection of songs including originals as well as covers of hits from Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #41 – Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Frank Sinatra, Jr. was born on January 10, 1944. Music was definitely in Frank Sinatra, Jr.’s blood.  Like his legendary father, Frank Sinatra, Mr. Sinatra was a singer, performer and recording artist.

You will find Frank Sinatra, Jr. was a wealth of information, a very interesting and passionate man as well as a lover of the Great American Songbook, those songs written in the early half of the 20th century.  You could describe Frank Sinatra, Jr. as knowledgeable, honest and passionate.

Despite the fame of the Sinatra family name, Frank Sinatra, Jr. called himself a “homespun boy at heart,” and described himself as follows:  “Frank Sinatra, Jr. today is an old man who tells people that he was never famous he just has a famous name, and as it happens the only thing that justified his life is that he practiced what he believed.”

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