Talking With Norm Clarke – November 26, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Norm Clarke. To listen to the interview click below.

Norm Clarke’s popular “Vegas Confidential” column is featured Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Clarke is a Montana native, whose background includes more than 15 years in Denver as a baseball writer, sports journalist, and man-about-town columnist.

He had a 12-year stint with the Associated Press (with stops in Cincinnati, San Diego and Los Angeles) and has written two books, “1,000 Naked Truths” and “Sinsational Celebrity Tales.”

Clarke will be presenting his quarterly “Conversations With Norm” in Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m., this time sitting down with Rick Harrison from the hit TV show, “Pawn Stars.”


Talking With Jack Jones – November 19, 2015

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This week,  Ira spoke with Jack Jones. To listen to the interview click below.

Two-time Grammy Award winner and Emmy winner, Jack Jones, whose new album, “Seriously Frank,” features a tribute to Frank Sinatra during the yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, was born in Hollywood, California, on the night his singer/movie star father, Allan Jones, recorded his hit, “Donkey Serenade.”

Jones’ professional debut was a brief stint as part of his father’s act at the Thunderbird Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas when he was just 19 years old. He went out on his own three weeks later, working odd jobs including as a gas station attendant, to support himself while pursuing his singing career.

His first break came when a demo he recorded for songwriter Don Raye found its way to Capitol Records. While with the label Jones recorded a few singles and an album, which he admits was mediocre.

Although he eventually left Capitol. One gem from his album, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” caught the attention of a San Francisco club owner who booked him for a three week run at Facks. While performing there, he was discovered by Pete King, a producer and artist for Kapp Records who quickly signed him to the label.

As his career gained momentum, Jones developed a deep appreciation for well-constructed songs that also have emotional appeal. His respect for songs that tell stories with meaning and beauty led him to record works by the greatest balladeers of all time: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman.

He was inspired by great Jazz instrumentalists he discovered during his teen years such as Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Buddy Rich, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Pell Octet, Marty Paiche Dectet, Shorty Rogers and the Giants, and Count Basie.

Jones’ talent and commitment to his art earned him two Grammys for “Best Pop Male Vocal Performance” with his singles “Lollipops and Roses” by Anthony Velona and Bacharach/ David’s “Wives and Lovers.”

On April 13, 1989, he was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, close to where his father’s star is located.

Today, Jones can be found performing concerts to sold-out audiences around the world at performing arts centers, casinos, symphony halls and even intimate cabarets.


Talking With Pat Boone – November 12, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Pat Boone. To listen to the interview click below.

The legendary Pat Boone just released a new album, “R&B Duet Hits,” with among others, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, and Earth Wind and Fire, and distributed by Cleopatra Records.

With a career that has spanned more than 60 years, Boone has achieved an amazing number of accomplishments. He has been a successful singer, composer, actor, writer, television personality, motivational speaker, and spokesman.

Boone is one of rock & roll’s best-selling artists and has sold more than 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 hits, and appeared in more than 12 Hollywood films. He still holds the Billboard record for charting consecutive weeks by spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more song each week.

Boone has hosted his own TV show and has written a number of books, including two million – plus sellers that have been translated into many languages. Currently, he continues to perform for an audience of millions on both TV and radio, has just completed two films and is still recording.

Boone decided to expand his horizons by recording his first R&B album, working with some of the genre’s biggest stars and recording duets with James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Kool Moe Dee, Earth Wind & Fire, The Four Tops, KC & The Sunshine Band plus members of Kool & the Gang and Sister Sledge.


Talking With Mike Hammer – November 5, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Mike Hammer. To listen to the interview click below.

Comedian and magician Mike Hammer, who headlines his own show at the Four Queens, has performed his interactive act for thousands of companies, colleges, comedy clubs and casinos in all 50 states.

Corporate clients have included Sony, Dell, Toyota, Lexus, Harrah’s, AT&T, Microsoft, Frito-Lay, and Symantec.

Hammer was named by Esquire Magazine one of Las Vegas “45 Under 45”, honoring the most successful men, business leaders or executives in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

He is the founding member of Spike and Hammer, formerly Las Vegas’ most requested comedy magic team that has also played to thousands of companies and colleges across the country.

Hammer even squeezes in time as a ring announcer for Mixed Martial Arts contests in Las Vegas.