Talking With Jarrett & Raja – March 28, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Jarrett & Raja . To listen to the interview click below.


Jarrett & Raja bring their unique blend of magic, music and comedy to “AGT Live in Las Vegas” at the Palazzo Showroom through April 14.

The duo, now residents of Las Vegas, has performed on stages in New York, Las Vegas, Far East Asia and Europe. They recently returned to Las Vegas following a two year engagement in Singapore.
Jarrett was trained by legendary magician Harry Blackstone Jr. Raja studied for five years as a classically trained pianist at the world famous Juilliard School in New York City.

They met in Manhattan when Jarrett was booked at the legendary Friar’s Club. He discovered that there wasn’t a sound system but there was a great piano. Jarrett was aware of Raja’s accomplishments at Juilliard and invited him to accompany his magic. The two were an instant hit and have performed together ever since.



Talking With Vicki Lawrence – March 21, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Vicki Lawrence . To listen to the interview click below.

Emmy award winning Vicki Lawrence will be starring in “Vicki Lawrence and ‘Mama’: A Two-Woman Show” at the Suncoast Showroom, March 23-24.

During her senior year of high school, Lawrence sent Carol Burnett a letter inviting Burnett to come see her performance in the local fire department’s “Miss Fireball Contest” and included a newspaper article mentioning their resemblance. Burnett, looking for an actress to play her sister in a new variety series, attended the event. The rest is television history. “The Carol Burnett Show” premiered in the fall of 1967 and Lawrence starred in the show for 11 years thereafter, earning one Emmy® Award and five Emmy® nominations.

After the Burnett show ended, Lawrence went on to guest star in numerous hit television series including “Laverne & Shirley,” “Love Boat” and “Murder She Wrote.” But she is probably best-known for her TV series, “Mama’s Family,” which aired from 1983 to 1990.

Most recently, Lawrence had recurring roles in “Hannah Montana” and “Phineas and Ferb.”York, to rave reviews.



Talking With Chef Angelo Sosa – March 14, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Chef Angelo Sosa. To listen to the interview click below.

Award-winning Chef Angelo Sosa is a two-time Bravo “Top Chef” ‘cheftestant’ appearing on Season Seven and “Top Chef” All Stars. He is the author of a cookbook, “Flavor Exposed: 100 Global Recipes from Sweet to Salty, Earthy to Spicy,” released in 2012. Now he has introduced his first Las Vegas-based restaurant, Poppy Den, an Asian gastropub that features unique combinations of spices, herbs and other fresh ingredients.

Chef Sosa was born in Connecticut and raised in a family where meals were serious affairs. Sosa, the youngest of seven, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with high honors after running the kitchen at the Escoffier Room in Hyde Park, New York, one of the institute’s highly acclaimed restaurants.

Throughout his career, Sosa has worked with culinary masterminds including Christian Bertrand and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. After opening Acqua with Bertrand in 1998, Sosa served as executive sous chef at TanDa and worked in the Bahamas at the Ocean Club at Dune restaurant. It was Bertrand who referred Sosa to Vongerichten, with whom he worked at his celebrated New York restaurant, Jean Georges. Following his time at Jean-Georges Sosa opened Vongerichten’s highly notable and trend-setting eatery, Spice Market, as executive sous chef. Sosa then became the executive chef at Yumcha in New York’s West Village, where his interpretation of modern Chinese cuisine gained widespread acclaim.

In 2005, Sosa turned his attention to consulting, working for noted industry players including Stephen Starr’s Buddakan, Asian-Mediterranean hot-spot LOFT, Morimoto, Alain Ducasse’s Spoon Food & Wine in Paris, among others.

In 2009, Sosa launched his fast-casual restaurant, Xie Xie (shay-shay) in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. This venture won him StarChef’s “New York’s Rising Star” award for “Best New Restaurant Concept.”

He then formed Sosa Consulting Group, then launched Social Eatz as executive chef and owner, designing a menu that reinterprets American cuisine with flavors from across Asia. Sosa’s Bibimbap Burger at Social Eatz earned “Best Burger in the Nation” from In January 2012, Sosa unveiled Añejo Tequileria in Hell’s Kitchen to rave reviews. Añejo has since earned “Best Margarita in New York” from the Village Voice, as well as a Michelin Recommendation in early 2013.



Talking With Clint Holmes – March 7, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Clint Holmes . To listen to the interview click below.

Clint Holmes, named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times and awarded the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of his residency at Cabaret Jazz inside The Smith Center. He will be performing Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10.

Holmes comes by his talent naturally. His father was an African-American jazz musician and his mother a classically trained opera singer from Great Britain. Clint admits it was the best of two musical worlds. “My mom taught me how to sing correctly, and my dad taught me how to enjoy it.” Casual elegance describes Clint’s presence on stage. His musical selections range from contemporary to classic, with jazz and opera thrown into the mix.

In the world of theater, Clint, along with Nelson Cole, created the book, music, and lyrics for the musical, “Comfortable Shoes.” Clint starred in the world premiere of this musical at the legendary Papermill Playhouse. His latest musical, “Just Another Man” with Larry Moss and Bill Fayne, had its premiere at the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at the Judy Bailey Theater at UNLV.
In April of 2012, he premiered a major cabaret piece, “Remembering Bobby Short,” a loving homage to the man who defined New York cabaret. It was performed at the legendary Cafe Carlyle, where Bobby Short held court for more than thirty years. In July of 2012, he premiered another major work, “This Thing Called Love-The Music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon,” directed by Larry Moss, also at the Cafe Carlyle in New York, to rave reviews. He received the Bistro Award for Major Engagement at Gotham Comedy Club in New York on March 4.

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Talking With “Jersey Boys” Travis Cloer – February 28, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Travis Cloer. To listen to the interview click below.


Travis Cloer is presenting “Setting the Standard,” a night of timeless songs at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center on Monday, March 4th at 7 p.m.

After a year and a half on Broadway in the TONY Award winning hit “Jersey Boys,” Travis can also be seen playing the “falsettoed” Frankie Valli at the Paris Las Vegas. He also performed as Rusty in Starlight Express, Tony in West Side Story, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, & as a featured soloist with The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.

His CD, “Setting the Standard,” features some of his favorite jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. His other popular CD is “Christmas from the City.”