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 #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 #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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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 #28 – Tony Oppedisano

Tony Oppedisano’s background and passion is in music. One of Frank Sinatra’s close friends and his road manager, Oppedisano could play the guitar, bass and piano as well as sing. This foundation is one of the reasons Tony bonded with one of the greatest singers in the world, Frank Sinatra. His friendship and professional experience with Sinatra segued into his work managing the comic legend (and Sinatra friend) Don Rickles.

Frank Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Join us as we celebrate the 102nd birthday of the greatest American singer, here on The Paul Leslie Hour.

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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 #1 – Willie Nelson

A postcard I wrote ended up in Willie Nelson’s hands.  He responded warmly.

For episode #1 of The Paul Leslie Hour, I want to invite you on Willie Nelson’s tour bus for an honest and light-hearted conversation with the man himself.

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Ben E. King: R&B and Soul Singer

BEN E. KING remains one of the most distinct and recognizable voices of our time.  Put “Stand By Me” on the jukebox in any venue regardless of age and watch the room come alive.

This interview with Ben E. King focused in particular on his jazz album “Heart & Soul,” his last North American album release.

Ben E. King passed away on April 30, 2015.

 

Ellen Kaye: Night Club Singer

Ellen Kaye describes herself as a Night Club Singer.  She is also the owner of the restaurant Moscow 57 in New York, New York.  Her love for music and the restaurant business is a deep one.

From 1947 to 1996, Kaye’s family operated and owned The Russian Tea Room, the famed Manhattan Russo-Continental restaurant.  Scenes from many iconic films were shot in the restaurant including “Tootsie” and the Woody Allen film “Manhattan,” “When Harry Met Sally” and many others.

Ellen Kaye is also a recording artist who has released 3 albums.  As a performer she sings not only at her own restaurant, but also at celebrated New York venues such as The Metropolitan Room and the Iridium Jazz Club.