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New York isn’t the only place for arts and culture.In New Jersey I’ve found.a huge network of talent, from writers and actors to chefs, painters, photographers and musicians. And I’m going to talk to all of them! Well, maybe not all of them, but a bunch. And I’ll ask them the questions you’re dying to ask. Over coffee.And maybe even dessert.
 
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Doug Bollinger may be an educator, but scaring people is a bigger part of his life. A filmmaker, actor, director and writer, Doug has terrified millions with his horror films, The Samaritans, Rock Paper Scissors and The Evangelist. In this conversation, he talks about deciding if you want to be a full time actor or combine it with another job, and …
 
Early in life, Gian Carlo Durland played Arnold Beckoff, the homosexual drag queen that Torch Song Trilogy focuses on. What followed - including a nervous breakdown and a shocking realization - was a turning point in his life. Rather than breaking him, his struggles became a catalyst for his multi-faceted successful career as a writer, actor, produ…
 
Why do kids love fart sounds? No matter why, Scott Lewis aka Mr Scott the Music Man has figured out that this sound should be in virtually all of his songs. No, he's not weird. He's just a popular performer in the early childhood music and movement field. And after 22 years of making kids dance, sing and laugh until they can't breathe, he knows wha…
 
Accomplished poet Alise Versella and I talk about her four published books, her goal of toppling the patriarchy and how Ryan Gosling and the Disney Channel introduced her to poetry. We take side trips into fear, homophobia and even Spanish Fly, and she reveals why she really doesn't want to be too happy.…
 
Vinnie Brand and I continue our conversation with no holds barred. We talk about how comedy can be like baseball, chess and, yes, even sex. We veer into cancel culture, whether or not rape can be funny and the Louis CK controversy. Hold onto your hats! WARNING: You'll hear profanity, adult themes and the word "sex."…
 
What is it about comedians we love? Vinnie Brand, who helps me figure this out, is the most improbable eye candy you'll ever meet, and we have a rip roaring time talking about our buddy Barry Jay, bombing on stage and some of the great comedians he's worked with. . . even women! He's not afraid of handling hecklers, but let's see if he can handle m…
 
Rosemary Conte has a reputation - one that any jazz musician would envy. Mention her name in musical circles, and you'll realize that her instrument - her voice - has made a significant mark on the jazz world. This INTERMEZZO features three cuts from her album, "But Beautiful," recorded in 1987.hazletcoffeetalk
 
From Aretha to Chicago to the Rolling Stones, NJ trumpet player Steve Jankowski has played with the best of them. But what he has to say about making it in the music industry - as well as his take on Joe Pesci's singing - will make you love this extremely talented musician and music producer.hazletcoffeetalk
 
She may no longer be performing (unfortunately), but what better reason to expose you to the sweet sounds of jazz singer Jeanie Bryson - so we can all commiserate over what we're missing. In this Intermezzo I've featured three original compositions by Jeanie's late mother, Connie Bryson: Simple Song, Tonight I Need You So and Skydive. She is accomp…
 
This interview is one of a kind - just like my guest, Joe Malone, also known as The Joje. There’s almost nothing sacred in my free-wheeling, trash talking conversation with this actor turned DIY filmmaker turned rocker as I “out" Joe - as well as myself - with a long-kept, embarrassing secret we share. Visit his YouTube page at https://www.youtube.…
 
One of my most-listened to podcasts was my interview with actor Michael Kroll. During a previous Christmas season, Michael performed, as he has many times in the past, his one man show, "Scrooge." This is Michael's own interpretation of that classic story.hazletcoffeetalk
 
New York doesn't have a corner on the arts. Where do you think most of the struggling artists in NY come from? New Jersey! This state is loaded with musicians, artists, writers, actors. . . and I'm talking to them about stuff most others won't ask.hazletcoffeetalk
 
From her chance meeting with Little Stevie Wonder to her original composition intended for Frank Sinatra, Rosemary talks about her decades long career as a singer, bandleader and musician support system while revealing why she had to pretend she was a tambourine player to even get paid.hazletcoffeetalk
 
I'm back! Bye bye Covid. Hello Season 3. This time I've stepped outside of the box to interview martial arts master, Damien Wright. We talk about how a 120 pound woman took down a huge football player, Damien's nerdy love of total contact fighting and his thoughts on going Brazilian. https://www.wrightfight.com/…
 
Smooth and sublte jazz singer Jeanie Bryson entered the music scene in the early 1980s. Being the unacknowledged daughter of Dizzy Gillespie - and having to hide that fact - complicated her life more than giving her a foot up in the music industry. Then, over a decade ago, she stopped performing after a tragic event changed her life forever. www.si…
 
She may have gotten her first break because of her famous last name, but Stephanie Evanovich proved she has what it takes as a fiction writer, rocking the world with Big Girl Panties, making the New York Times bestseller list and following with three more major successes. We talk writing, acting and TaeKwonDo - just three of the things we have in c…
 
There are plenty of talent shows on TV now, but in the 90s, there was just one: Star Search. In this INTERMEZZO, you'll get a chance to hear Jose Loo, best known as the front man for Line Drive, singing at the Count Basie theatre and competing in the semi-finals in this precursor to American Idol.hazletcoffeetalk
 
Downtown Red Bank has long been a mecca for artists wanting to display and sell their work. The McKay Gallery, run by husband and wife team Bob and Liz McKay for over 12 years provided photographers and other artists just that opportunity. In this conversation, we talk about how their grandparents spurred their interest in photography and how Brook…
 
He no longer has the pipes to play Don Quixote - or so he says - but Michael Kroll has graced multiple stages, here and in NY, and created, directed and starred in his own one-man version of A Christmas Carol more times than you can count. Michael and I talk about what drew him to stage acting, his regrets and his uncensored opinion of the worst di…
 
In a curious combination of blues, rock, country and, yes, Christian music, Bridget Larson​ hits all the right notes, not just with her singing but also with her humanity. https://www.bridgetlarson.com/videohazletcoffeetalk
 
Some people wait for things to happen. Jason Goldstein makes them happen. He is not afraid of failure, and his syllabus of successes in the theatre and in the ticketing world are a testament to his never-say-no attitude. We talk about how he became a performing arts entrepreneur and producer, when he appeared on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and why he…
 
Move over, Red Bank and Asbury Park. Michelle Knox is on the cusp of creating a whole new arts mecca on the Bayshore. Not satisfied to be only create installations of her own sculpture, she's engaging an entire community to create, enjoy and appreciate the arts along with her in my hometown of Keyport, NJ. www.michelleknox.com…
 
Tony Cimorosi has been on the NYC World Beat, Rock, R&B, Jazz and contemporary Jazz scene for over 35 years, and these three fabulous cuts from his latest album, "Change at West 4th St" exemplify his musical virtuosity.hazletcoffeetalk
 
With a resume that spans teaching at the McCarter Theatre to Program Director for the International House of Blues Foundation to Executive Director of the Algonquin Arts Theatre, it's no wonder Pam Ward is able to say "the buck stops here." We talk about Pam's varied - but always theatre-related positions, the skills she developed and how she compa…
 
Yes, I might lack impartiality, but I think these instrumental tunes written and produced by drummer Gary Dates are pretty darn good. And I'd feel the same even if he wasn't my husband. He's accompanied by a few guys you may be familiar with - since they were all members of Line Drive: Chris McKevitt, Tim Boyce, Rick Brunermer and Chris Plunkett, p…
 
Why does a bass guitar only have four strings? Why do audiences in Moscow love jazz? This week world class bassist Tony Cimorosi and I discuss these issues and the thrill of gigging around the world, jerks in the music industry and why bass players love to play solos.hazletcoffeetalk
 
Story telling is a true art - and getting one of your stories produced on an award-winning podcast ain’t shabby. Screen writer Diana McCorry cut her writing teeth here, and this compelling radio play will help you understand why she’s such a successful screenwriter.hazletcoffeetalk
 
Thirty seven years ago Line Drive drummer Gary Dates was told he'd never get back the use of his left arm after a devastating car accident damaged the nerves in his left arm. Today, that neurologist can eat his words because Gary has become as one of the best and most musical drummers in the area. In this episode I speak to my husband of 35 years a…
 
Anyone who has heard Jose Loo perform knows just how multi-talented he is. Singing is just one facet of that glittering jewel; the songs he's written and arranged reveal his love and understanding of music. And his keyboard skills - evident in the last cut - are often overlooked because of the magnitude of his other performance skills. I never get …
 
Billy Van Zandt started in community theater and became one of the world's most produced playwrights, parlaying those skills into a career writing and often executive producing hit TV series, including The Bob Newhart Show, Martin, Anything But Love and Daddy Dearest. We talk about what it takes to get a TV writing gig, his decades working with his…
 
Bassist Cody McCorry performs with multiple bands, including We Used To Cut the Grass. In this INTERMEZZO he flaunts his unconventional approach to music with the group in these Frank Zappa-influenced tunes. Watch the official music video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzLcydIftj0 And explore some other cuts here. https://weusedtocutthegrass…
 
When fine art photographer Jill Pesciotta lost her mother, Trudy Maran, it was all the more bittersweet. Because Jill’s mom was also her creative muse. In this conversation, Jill talks about her mother’s influence, her biggest disappointment and the highlights of her years as a photographer.hazletcoffeetalk
 
This week's INTERMEZZO features musician and songwriter Chris Plunkett, with three songs from his CD, "Sunday Shuffle." https://www.amazon.com/Sunday-Shuffle-Chris-Plunkett/dp/B0071LENKEhazletcoffeetalk
 
After opening and closing more stage theaters than most of us have even visited, Jade Greene talks about her love of acting, the trials of running a theatre company and her future plans. Oh. And her psychic abilities. With a promise to bring her tarot cards next time.hazletcoffeetalk
 
In this week's Intermezzo, Robert Mandelberg reads a chapter from his book, The Case of the Curious Campaign, proving that even local politics can make a pretty engaging story. If you'd like to read the entire book, buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Case-Curious-Campaign-Whodunit-Mini-Mysteries/dp/1402703821/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+case+…
 
If you had asked 18-year old Belmar native Diana McCorry what her career would be at the ripe old age of 30-something, it would be so different from what it actually is now. But she'd still probably be pretty impressed. Diana has used her acting skills and her wild imagination to build a career as a screenwriter and producer, writing for everything…
 
An intermezzo is defined as a composition which fits between other entities, but this one could actually stand on it's own. I'm happy to present four spectacular examples of the incredible chops of Layonne Holmes. For more music by Layonne, simply search her name on iTunes.hazletcoffeetalk
 
Virtually every amateur actor craves the opportunity to turn professional. Greg Schweers has done just that. My conversation with him covers his life as a career prosecutor and his segue into television, commercials and the professional stage. If you're hoping for a career in acting, his advice can help you make that move. But even if you're simply…
 
Yes, Pat Guadagno is one of a kind. And this week I'm featuring two of his songs, including a live performance of "All Along the Watchtower" at Bob Fest. If you're not already a fan, you will be once you've listened. Hear more of Pat's music at www.PatGuadagno.comhazletcoffeetalk
 
I've decided to interview someone who is an actor, writer, landscape architect, crafts person, gourmet chef, etc. . . me! And you can't believe how hard it was. . . especially getting me to answer those tough questions. Here's a chance to get to know me a little better, at least in terms of my artistic endeavors. This interview was intended as a Ne…
 
Not everyone has heard Line Drive. But they ought to. Their soulful sound is an urban blend of contemporary rhythm & blues, spicy horns, and spine-tingling vocals, with melodies and lyrics that are clever and intelligent, and seasoned with well crafted solo work. Like a well oiled machine, that “in the pocket” groove, which only comes from years of…
 
Todd Sherman is not just the owner of the incredibly popular Rumson NJ restaurant, Barnacle Bill's. Until COVID-19 hit, you were always guaranteed quality live music along with fabulous burgers, seafood, steaks and a view of the Rumson River. But Todd has a much wider claim to fame: as a musician, arranger and composer of beautiful music. His gener…
 
While my podcast interviews will post every other week, in between you'll be treated to artistic works by my many interviewees. This week I'm featuring novelist Joseph Pittman, reading part of chapter one in his newest novel, "The Case of the Con in Cannes," where you're introduced to his recurring character, Todd Gleason. Joseph's books are availa…
 
Once you've heard Jose Loo sing, you'll never forget him. For many, many years he fronted the popular and incredibly tight band, Line Drive, transforming them from an instrumental fusion jazz ensemble to a showcase for his original music. Singing is definitely what he is best known for, but as a songwriter, arranger and keyboard player, he is rever…
 
He might read your mind. Or use some sleight of hand. Or make you laugh. But one thing for sure - Rob Mandelberg can't even keep track of all his creative accomplishments. His overabundance of talent- that his daughter Ellie seems to have inherited - spans decades. During this podcast, we talk about where his talent has taken him and how others can…
 
He's under 30, but he's accomplished more than men twice his age. Cody McCorry hasn't limited himself, either to which instruments he'll play or the genres he'll play in. He's as comfortable playing jazz as he is progressive rock, with Frank Zappa's influence an overarching presence. https://www.youtube.com/user/vestibulemusic/about…
 
Wouldn't it be nice if women artists could just be called artists? Until then, Grace Modla will gladly accept that moniker. Her paintings - ranging from nudes to nature - are colorful, impressionistic and vibrant, shown from Asbury to Italy. We talk about her early encouragement & the surprising plans one friend has for her paintings. This is our f…
 
If you haven't heard this local bassist's irresistible groove, you don't know what you're missing. Chris Plunkett - who formed Line Drive with Tim Boyce a few decades ago - gives me his theory on the importance of the bass, what makes a bassist's role unique and some of his key mentors (Did someone say Jaco?). He opens up about the trajectory of Li…
 
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