Talking With Peter Nero – October 31, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Grammy Award-winning pianist and conductor Peter Nero.
To listen to the interview click below.

Peter Nero, with the UNLV Jazz Symphony Orchestra, will be performing in the Gershwin Project, Saturday, November 2nd at 8 p.m. at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. The concert is part of the Charles Vanda Master Series. The program includes “Someone to Watch Over Me” and excerpts from “Porgy and Bess.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Nero’s recording career, which has produced 67 recordings. In 1960 he signed to a three-year contract with RCA Victor records, which was then renewed for another five years, producing more than 26 LPs, including Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Piano Concerto in F” with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. The following year, he was honored with his first Grammy Award, as “Best New Artist of the Year.”

In January 2013, Nero was awarded a certificate by the President of the Philadelphia City Council honoring his outstanding lifetime musical achievements, and recognizing his innumerable contributions to arts and culture in Philadelphia as an award-winning pianist and the founding conductor and artistic director of the world renowned Peter Nero and the Philly POPS orchestra. arts


Talking With Bill Anderson – October 24, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Bill Anderson. To listen to the interview click below.

Bill Anderson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame who has been capturing the attention of country music fans around the world for more than 50 years, will be performing in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station Hotel Casino on Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m.

A South Carolina native, Anderson is one of the most awarded songwriters in the history of country music, as well as an accomplished actor and host. At the age of 19, he composed the country classic “City Lights,” which was recorded by Ray Price and quickly climbed to the top of the country charts.

Other songwriting credits include Connie Smith’s number-one hit “Once a Day,” Mark Wills’ “Wish You Were Here,” Steve Wariner’s Grammy Award-nominated single “Two Teardrops,” Brad Paisley’s “Too Country,” Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss’ ballad “Whiskey Lullaby,” which received the Country Music Award’s “Song of the Year,” and “Give It Away,” which was recorded by George Strait and received the Academy of Country Music Award for “Song of the Year.”


Talking With Uri Geller – October 17, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Uri Geller. To listen to the interview click below.

Uri Geller is the subject of a new biography, “The Secret Life of Uri Geller: CIA Masterspy?” by technology journalist and former Time magazine correspondent, Jonathan Margolis. The book is published by Watkins Publishing.

Geller is one of the world’s most investigated and celebrated mystifiers. He has led a unique life shrouded in debate, controversy, and mystery. He is also related to Sigmund Freud.

In 1969 he began to demonstrate telepathy and psychokinesis to small audiences. By the end of 1971, he was a household name throughout Israel, thanks to his numerous stage appearances.

In 2012, Geller was awarded the prestigious Golden Grolla award, at the eleventh “Masters of Magic” convention in St Vincent Italy, for inspiring the world of magic. In 2012, he also received the Star Foundation award at the House of Commons in London, in recognition of his charity work.


Talking With George Wallace – October 10, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with George Wallace . To listen to the interview click below.


George Wallace performs “The Best 10 p.m. Show on the Las Vegas Strip” at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Tuesdays through Saturdays. His first book, “Laff It Off,” is being released by Chaite Press on October 21.

By the age of six, George Wallace knew he wanted to be a comedian. He always enjoyed making people laugh, but he also wanted an education. He attended the University of Akron, Ohio and upon graduating with degrees in transportation and marketing, he entered the advertising work force. Still, his dream of being a comedian had a strong hold on him. Within a week of leaving the advertising field, he began to perform stand-up comedy and was offered a job writing for “The Red Foxx Show.”

With his writing and stand-up experience, Wallace began landing television appearances. His credits include “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Oprah,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Lopez Tonight,” “Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?,” “The Mo’Nique Show,” “Comics Unleashed,” “Larry the Cable Guy’s 2008 Christmas Special,” “Seinfeld,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Rosie O’Donnell,” “Scrubs,” “House of Payne,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Extra,” among others.

Wallace has also appeared in numerous films including “Funny People,” “The Ladykillers,” “Batman Forever,” “Little Nicky,” “Heckler,” “Comedian,” “The Wash,” “Three Strikes,” “A Rage In Harlem” and “Punchline.” He won an American Comedy Award for “Best Stand-Up Comedian” after being continually nominated four years in a row. As a veteran radio personality, he has also made appearances on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” and is a charter member of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

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Talking With Philip Fortenberry – October 3, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Concert Pianist Philip Fortenberry. To listen to the interview click below.

Philip Fortenberry, who performs his popular “The Man at the Piano,” concert at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center on Monday, October 7, at 7 p.m., was most recently featured as the hand-and-body piano double for Michael Douglas, who portrayed Liberace in the May 2013 HBO Films biopic, “Behind the Candelabra.”

He is a Las Vegas resident since 2004 and currently the Associate Conductor of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas.

Fortenberry holds a Master of Music degree in classical piano performance from New Jersey City University and was an adjunct faculty member in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. He was a 2004 recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

His newest solo endeavor, “The Man at the Piano,” debuted in June at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, his first solo concert locally in two years.