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YONKERS, NY — November 12, 2014 — The “featured” BlogTalkRadio program “Westchester On the Level with Narog and Aris” opens the Thursday, November 13, 2014th broadcast day at 10 a.m. with Yonkers Police Captain Joe Barca and Special Olympics Associate Director Kaitlin Brennan speaking about The Special Olympics New York Polar Plunge fundraising effort to be held this Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Glen Island Park, in New Rochelle, New York. Check-in is from 9 a.m through 11 a.m. Thanks to Mother Nature's magnanimous polar vortex gift, temperatures should be in the high 30s to mid 40s range for the polar plunge that takes place at 12 Noon. Become a plunger.
At 10:30 a.m., Mount Vernon City Councilman Richard Thomas reviews the latest events to have affected the historical city, including the water shut-off that caused thousands of people in Mount ernon and neighboring Yonkers to be with reduced water flow.
At 11:00 a.m., Harumi, Sakiko and Mimi Furuya, acclaimed Juilliard graduates who perform in a piano trio speak to us about the Furuya Sisters' Fall 2014 Concert Series already underway in the Hudson Valley, Westchester, New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
At about 11:20 a.m. we pivot onto the local and international news arena for the latest news that impacts our lives.
Hezi Aris is your host today.
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Allison was born in Ithaca, New York, and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He later moved to Evanston, Illinois, where he attended Evanston Township High School and graduated from Northwestern University. He later studied playwriting as a fellow of The Juilliard School. His debut novel, Christopher, was a finalist for the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Award. His third novel, Undiscovered Gyrl, was published by Vintage in 2009.
His film credits include:Red Meat, Autumn in New York, Gone,and Ask Me Anything (based on his novel Undiscovered Gyrl). His latest novel is The Escape Of Malcom Poe.
Julie Holtzman was born in Montreal, Canada, and is a resident of New York . She is a Juilliard graduate and an internationally acclaimed Concert & Jazz Pianist/Arranger and an extraordinary Jazz Cabaret/Singer in different genres including BLUES, BROADWAY AND BRAZILIAN. Since singing comes so naturally (in only 9 languages) the potential for a vast variety is an exciting option.
Christopher H. "Chris" Jasper (born December 30, 1951, Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former member of both the Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley and is responsible for writing and producing the majority of the Isley Brothers music (1973–1983) and Isley-Jasper-Isley music (1984–1987). He is also a successful solo musician and record producer, recording over 10 of his own solo albums, including 4 urban contemporary gospel albums, all written, produced and performed, both vocally and instrumentally, by Jasper. Jasper also produces artists for his New York based record label, Gold City Records. Jasper's keyboard and Moog synthesizer work was a primary ingredient of the Isley Brothers sound of the 1970s and 1980s (the "gold and platinum" years) when the Isley Brothers were a self-contained band.Chris Jasper is a classically trained musician and composer. The youngest of 7 siblings, Jasper started studying classical music at the age of 7. After graduating from high school in Cincinnati, he moved to New York to study music composition at the esteemed Juilliard School of Music in New York City. He continued his studies at C.W. Post, Long Island University, New York, where he studied with noted jazz pianist and composer, Billy Taylor and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in music composition. He subsequently earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Concord University School of La Donna Porter w.
The Jasper and Isley families lived in the same apartment complex in Cincinnati. While still living in Cincinnati, Jasper's older sister, Elaine, married Rudolph Isley and the vocal trio formed by the three older brothers, Rudolph, Ronald and O'Kelly, subsequently relocated to Teaneck, New Jersey. While living temporarily in New Jersey with his sister as a young teenager, Jasper and the two younger Isleys, Marvin and Ernie, formed a band, "The Jazzman Trio" with Jasper on keyboards.
Anthony McGill, just named Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic beginning in September 2014, held the same position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004. He was chosen to perform with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero at President Obama’s inauguration in January of 2009.
Performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa in recital, chamber music and as a soloist with orchestras consistently receiving rave reviews. As an educator, McGill is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College Conservatory.
From Chicago, McGill attended The Curtis Institute of Music and is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as the first Sphinx Medal of Excellence.
Washington, D.C. metropolitan area has contributed numerous young jazz musicians to continue the furtherance of jazz music. Please join me today, when I will speak with Peter and Will Anderson who were born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area and mentored by saxophonist, Texas-native Paul Carr, before attending Juilliard in New York City, where they currently reside. The New York Times described them as virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone. They have performed at jazz festivals in Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and South America as well as Off – Broadway jazz shows. At Jazz Notes, jazz lives!
A conversation with Gayle Foreman, Jamie Blackley, Chloe Moretz, and Joshua Leonard. Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, her rebellious boyfriend, Adam. But when what should have been a carefree family drive takes the lives of her mother Kat, her father Denny, and her little brother Teddy, everything changes in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance as she lies in a coma in the hospital. Caught in limbo between life and death for one revealing day, she flashes back into her past, and has an out-of-body experience as she watches friends and family gather at the hospital. She must make a decision that will not only decide her future, but her ultimate fate.
Hailed by the New York Times as ‘a robust baritone’, a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City with recent debuts at Carnegie Hall, Canadian baritone Jonathan Estabrooks continues to make a unique and rich contribution to the performing arts world. His vocalism and performance style have been called “commanding, rich, fresh and energetic”, his stage presence likened to that of a young Ron Howard.
Mr. Estabrooks has appeared in recital, concert and opera in Canada, the United States and abroad. His impressive vocal delivery has taken him around the world, in Opera and concert performances and to venues such as Carnegie Hall and performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra and alongside Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Aaron Lazar. His performances have also been broadcast throughout Canada on CBC Television and he has performances for the Governor General, The Prime Minister of Canada, the US Ambassador to Canada, The Italian Ambassador to Canada and President Bill Clinton.
Jonathan joins me this evening for a very promising evening of ‘great talk’ and exceptional performances.
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Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there were four brothers named Leonard, Arthur, Julius, and Milton. The world would get to know them as Chico, Harpo, Groucho, and Zeppo (Zeppo replaced Gummo in 1918). In celebration of The Marx Brothers storied careers, Wednesday, April 30, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, in conjunction with the month-long New York City event, Marxfest, brings you an hour you won’t soon forget.
Joining the conversation is one of the iconic interviewers of all time, Dick Cavett. Dick Cavett was the host of The Dick Cavett Show, which aired on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on PBS from 1977 to 1982. When asked who his favorite interview was, he named Groucho Marx. They had an enduring friendship.
Bill Marx is the son of Harpo Marx. He studied composition in New York at the Juilliard School of Music. He has written many concert works. He has also composed for motion pictures, television, theater and ballet. Bill has produced, arranged for and performed as pianist as well with many top jazz and pop artists, including Doris Day.
In 2012, Kevin Fitzpatrick launched the Marxfest Committee. An independent historian who founded the Dorothy Parker Society and is the author of The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide.
Noah Diamond is a writer and performer. He serves as Marx Brothers Historian, which seeks landmark status for the Marxes’ childhood home. He has a long history of playing Groucho Marx, including in his own upcoming adaptation of I’ll Say She Is, the 1924 Broadway debut of the Marx Brothers.
Performer, writer, producer and director Trav SD is the author of No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, which Bette Midler calls the “best showbiz book” and Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube.
Norman Connors is an American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, producer, and headliner, who has led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He had some big R&B hits of the day, especially in the area love ballads and songs with a positive statement in both titles and lyrics, including “You Are My Starship”, “Betcha By Golly Wow” featuring Phyllis Hyman and from his last release, entitled “Star Power”, “Rock With You”.
Connors became interested in jazz as a child, and began playing drums early, once sitting in for Elvin Jones at a John Coltrane performance he attended while in middle school. Connors studied music at Temple University and Juilliard; his first recording was on Archie Shepp’s 1967 release, Magic of JuJu. He played with Pharaoh Sanders for the next few years until signing with Cobblestone Records in 1972 and releasing his first record as a bandleader. In the mid-1970s, Connors, although fronting some great jazz recordings with Carlos Garnett, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Herbie Hancock, began focusing more on R&B tunes, and had several US hits with songs featuring vocalists such as Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, and Phyllis Hyman. The most successful of these was “You Are My Starship”. Dee Dee Bridgewater also performed with him on the jazz album “Love from the Sun”. His more recent work, “Star Power”, has seen him operating more in the vein of smooth jazz and urban crossover music featuring Howard Hewett, Bobby Lyle, Ray Parker, Jr, Peabo Bryson, Michael Henderson, and Antoinette.
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Steve Harper is a graduate of Yale, The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard and the playwriting program at Juilliard. Also an actor, Steve has appeared at major regional theatres, on national television, in film, commercials and voice-overs.
He has numerous plays on his resume and spent two seasons writing for the USA Network show Covert Affairs
His short films include the comic spy drama Intelligence (directed by Phil Kaufmann) – screened at Dances With Films, and the supernatural comedy Betty on the Bed (also director, producer and actor).
Steve enjoys many awards including the Artistic Achievement Award from the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, the Millennium Telly Award, the Le Compte du Nouy prize at Juilliard (two-time recipient), a MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Yaddo fellowships: including the Skidmore Residency for Artists of Color. He was the founding president of the A.R.T. Institute Alumni Association, and is a certified creativity coach. "My parents are educators – veterans of the New York City school system. They instilled in me the desire to help people, even in the toughest circumstances." www.harpercreates.com
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