The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #58 – Evan Christopher

Evan Christopher is a New Orleans-based clarinetist and composer. His performances and recordings preserve and perpetuate the tradition of the New Orleans clarinet style, with influences from greats like Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon and Barney Bigard. After meeting the clarinetist Tony Scott at a Rome night club, Evan Christopher asked him for an autograph. Scott wrote “Good luck on ‘Clarinet Road.’ Lots of curves!” Evan Christopher has been going down that road ever since.

Gainesville, Georgia was a recent stop along the way; where this interview was recorded in the “before hours” piano bar of a hotel. We invite you to listen to an interview with a man who takes the calling of being a jazz musician very seriously, yet all the while remains humble and relatable.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #55 – George Benson

George Benson is a household name. His abilities as a guitarist and vocalist safely ensure his place as a legend in the world of pop, jazz and R&B. A ten time Grammy award-winner, George Benson’s career has been a prolific one: 36 studio albums, and 5 live albums. Some of his songs are perpetually on the radio years and years after being recorded. From instrumental compositions like “Breezin'” to pop songs like “Turn Your Love Around,” or his live cover of “On Broadway,” one thing is certain, the music of George Benson seems to radiate from his heart.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #52 – Dick Hyman

 

Dick Hyman is a pianist, organist, arranger, performing & recording artist, composer and music director. If one word could describe Hyman’s career in music, it would be “prolific.” With more than 100 albums recorded under his own name, his albums have been interpretations of all eras of American music, from ragtime and early jazz, to recordings of the great composers like Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington. Dick Hyman has extensive experience as a studio musician. Dick Hyman has worked with artists as diverse as Benny Goodman and Art Garfunkel. He’s contributed to countless movies as a film scorer (Moonstruck, The Lemon Sisters, etc.). Hyman is perhaps the most significant musical contributor to the films of Woody Allen, among them Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says “I Love You”, Sweet and Lowdown, The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion and Melinda and Melinda.

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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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #25 – Gabrielle Stravelli

The acclaimed jazz and pop vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli joins Paul to talk about her first major album of distinctive original songs “Dream Ago” produced by David Cook. Called an “outstanding singer” by the Wall Street Journal and “hotter than the equator” by The Village Voice, Gabrielle Stravelli is an emerging sensation in New York’s jazz and supper clubs, who is gathering recognition and a following around the nation and beyond.

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