Talking With King Errisson – October 25, 2012

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This week, Ira spoke with King Errisson . To listen to the interview click below.


King Errisson received his first “big break” at the age of 23 when his talent with the congas was prominently displayed in a memorable night club scene in the James Bond movie, “Thunderball.” He left Nassau for drama studies in Canada, formed a jazz band in New York City, and spent a year performing in a Bermuda club where he met Redd Foxx. That was his second break. Foxx invited King to appear at his place in Los Angeles,Sammy Davis Jr. asked King to appear on the Hollywood Palace, and Cannonball Adderly became his mentor in the recording studio.

As a session musician, King has worked with a very diverse group of artists representing a wide variety of musical styles. King has been praised as “the unsung hero behind Motown” by Ray Singleton in her book “Berry, Me, and Motown” as well as by Berry Gordy in his book “To Be Loved,” for his work with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, the Jackson Five, and many others. He has also worked with Herb Alpert, John Klemmer, Doc Severinsen, Ringo Starr, Blood Sweat & Tears, Jim Stafford, Swamp Dogg, Barbra Streisand, David Cassidy, Bobby Darin, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis, OC Smith, Lou Rawles, Hodges James and Smith, Mickey Stevenson, Barry White and The Carpenters. He was a featured member of the Incredible Bongo Band and has been a member of Neil Diamond’s touring band since 1976.

As a solo artist and composer, King is best known as a master of funky disco with lots of congas. His early albums are prized by “breakbeat hounds.” His more recent solo albums can be classified as jazz with a Caribbean flavor. His songs have appeared on albums by Neil Diamond, Eddie Kendricks, Flora Purim, The Temptations, and in the soundtrack of the movie, “Ted and Venus.”
As an actor, King has appeared in the movie “Uptown Saturday Night” with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier, the 1980 remake of The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond, and “Thunderball” with Sean Connery. He has also appeared and on television in Abe Vigoda’s “Fish” series and “The Watcher.”


Talking With Tom Cotter – October 18, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Tom Cotter . To listen to the interview click below.


Tom Cotter recently became the first  comedian to ever reach the finals  of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”  Now, he’s hosting “America’s Got Talent Live In Las Vegas” at Palazzo Las Vegas through November 17.

Before his historic run on the world’s largest talent competition, Tom won the Seattle International Comedy  Competition, the grand prize at The Boston Comedy  Festival  and was voted “Best Stand-Up” at The Las Vegas Comedy  Festival.   He has become a familiar face on television shows like The Tonight Show with  Jay Leno, NBC’s “Last Comic  Standing,” “The Today Show” and his own series, “TWO-FUNNY,” on The Women’s  Entertainment Network.

Other TV credits include CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” Comedy  Central’s “Premium Blend,” “Comics  Unleashed,”  and a Barbara  Walters  Prime-Time  Special,  among many others.

Since moving to New York City, Tom filmed his very own Comedy  Central  special,  “Comedy Central  Presents…Tom Cotter,” and was featured in the Miramax  film, “Next Stop Wonderland.”  Tom has performed at over 300 colleges and wide variety of venues the world over,  from London to Beijing, to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has also been featured in dozens of television commercials, for products such as McDonald’s, Doritos, Pepsi, and Amstel Lite.



Talking With Doc Severinsen – October 11, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Doc Severinsen. To listen to the interview click below.

“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late night television for three decades. The ‘Johnny’ was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon and the bandleader was Grammy Award winning Doc Severinsen. Beginning in October 1962, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson ruled the night air for thirty years. On May 22, 1992, it came to an end…

…And the Beginning of a New Career for Doc Severinsen.

Within a week of the final telecast, Doc Severinsen and His Big Band were on the road. Doc’s group was composed of The Tonight Show’s best musicians — Ed Shaughnessy on drums, Ernie Watts on tenor sax and Snooky Young on trumpet. Their repertoire includes Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, big band classics and, of course, The Tonight Show theme.

Doc is currently touring with his new group, the San Miguel 5 and will be performing at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center, October 12 & 13, at 7:00 & 9:30 p.m.


Talking With Don Rickles – October 4, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Don Rickles . To listen to the interview click below.

Celebrated entertainer and Las Vegas legend Don Rickles brings his one-of-a-kind comedy back to The Orleans Showroom October 6 and 7.

Rickles, who had appeared in top showrooms and concert halls for more than 55 years, earned the nicknames “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth” (coined affectionately by Johnny Carson) for his style of humor in which he pokes fun at people of all ethnicities and walks of life.

Although it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment of his breakthrough, Rickles believes the ball really started rolling on the night of October 7, 1965, during his first appearance on “The Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson. His freewheeling performance that night became the talk of the show business industry and caused nationwide comment among the press and public.  Rickles went on to become a frequent guest and guest host on “The Tonight Show,” appearing over 100 times during Carson’s tenure.

Rickles continues to be very active on the stand-up comedy scene, and is still a popular performer in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other venues around the country. He has no plans to retire. “I’m in good health.  I’m working better than I ever have.  The audiences are great.  Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And, I still enjoy it.”

This spring, Rickles received the prestigious “Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence” at the Comedy Awards in New York City.