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  • 00:37

    Up Close & Personal with Walt Maddox of the Legendary "The Marcels"

    in Music

    Join me as I have an Up Close & Personal convo with Walt Maddox from the legendary group, The Marcels

    .The Marcels are an American doo-wop group known for turning popular music songs into rock and roll. The group formed in 1959 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 

    The Marcels are the guys who put the "Bomp" in the "Bomp-A-Bomp" back in 1961 when their first recording, "Blue Moon" sold over two and a half million copies. The Marcels can boast of three record albums, numerous hit singles, with sales in the millions. They also recorded the theme song, "The Greatest Love" for the motion picture, "The Interns" and appeared with Chubby Checker in the film "Twist Around The Clock." Their signature song, "Blue Moon" has been used in at least four major motion pictures and various TV shows, such as Sha Na Na, Cheers, Moonlighting, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, etc.

    The Marcels will be performing this Sunday at the acclaimed Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

  • 00:46

    Up Close and Personal with - Absolon

    in Entertainment

    On Tuesday May 13th at 3pm est,2pm cst and Noon pst, join Dean Swett, President  of the Paramour Group, as he talks to the one and only Ken Pike, lead singer of Absolon. Joining Ken guitarist Tyler Colick will also be talking with Dean. Let's hear all the exciting news that Ken and Tyler will be sharing with our listeners. Check out Absolon's website :


    And you can also join their new fan club page on Facebook:


    And you can also like their band page :




  • 01:00

    "Up Close & Personal" with Saxophonist/Flautist "Najee"

    in Music

    UC&P proudly welcomes back to the show 2x Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Najee , as we catch up and talk about the success of his latest hot and seductive album "The Morning After - A Musical Love JournA visionary, Najee assembles an array of world class musicians on The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey....and what is ahead.

    Featured artists on the CD include producer Demonte Posey (Eric Benet, Toni Braxton, and Babyface), bassist Bill Sharpe (Dave Coz and Barbara Streisand), guitarist Ray Fuller (George Duke, Anita Baker, and Whitney Houston), drummer Daniel Powell (Tamia), bassist Brian Bromberg (Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock) and drummer Joel Taylor (Joe Sample’s current band). Chart-topping R&B diva Meli’sa Morgan also joins Najee for an unforgettable duet. The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey opens with the sound of Najee’s voice as he anxiously awaits to board his plane but is unexpectedly delayed waiting for a certain special woman. Alas, she arrives and the journey begins. Najee explains, “The album title describes a fantasy trip where two people meet and experience their journey together.” The saxophonist describes the making of his new CD as an intense process. “It was recorded as a live studio album in two ½ weeks, during which time we also mixed and mastered the music. I would say the anticipation was very much part of the journey with this record.” Najee’s musical adventure unfolds with the jubilant “Rendezvous,” featuring his robust tenor saxophone. The Morning After - Musical Love Journey finds Najee transporting listeners around the globe to locations that have inspired him in some way. 



  • "Up Close & Personal" with Multi-instrumentalist, "Al DeGregoris"

    in Music


    As he continues his emergence as a dynamic new independent artist in the contemporary jazz world, keyboardist and composer Al DeGregoris still remembers the encouraging words he parents would offer frequently as he was growing up in Long Island: “Be patient. Work hard. Everything will come, All In Good Time.” That last phrase is the perfect title of DeGregoris’ new album, the latest step in the fulfillment of his musical dreams, which finds him vibing with some of contemporary jazz’s top hit making artists.


  • 01:28

    "Up Close & Personal" with Saxophonist "Greg Chambers"

    in Music

    Greg Chambers 

    Greg's latest CD, "Can't Help Myself, was released August 1, 2014.  Entirely produced by Nate Harasim & Matt Godina, this record features 2x Grammy winner Paul Brown, Julian Vaughn, Nils, and others.  Onstage, Greg has played the J.A. Nugget Jazz Night, has performed as an opening act for Evelyn "Champagne" King and Howard Hewett, has backed up Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and performs regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Greg's last record, "After Hours", featured Paul Brown on guitar, smooth jazz pianist Jonathan Fritzen, session musicians Ross Bolton, Louis Fasman, and Roberto Vally, and the mixing expertise of saxophonist/producer Darren Rahn. Singles from "After Hours" and Greg's 2011 self-titled album have charted on the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Chart, the Jazzweek Top 50 Smooth Singles Chart and have made the Most Added/Increased Airplay lists for Billboard Magazine, Smoothjazz.com, and RadioWave. 

  • 00:31

    Close-Up Talk Radio welcomes back Denise Holloway of Life UnLtd!

    in Self Help

    Cumming, GA – There are few times more stressful for a family than when a child is preparing to apply to college. For the teen, the decision is fraught with anxiety: What is college? What am I going there for? What am I trying to accomplish while I’m there? It’s easy for a 16-year-old to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of making a decision that’s going to determine the course of the rest of their life.

    Denise Holloway is a Certified Professional Coach and the founder of Life UnLtd!, a coaching practice that specializes in teens and parents of teens, taking them from fear and frustration to joy and appreciation.

    “I have huge empathy for teenagers,” says Denise. “It’s a really pivotal time in their lives but it doesn’t have to be so difficult. I’m here to make it a little easier for them. I think it’s really needed.”

    Denise says parents can make a tremendous difference just by being more open and being able to listen without judging. They can improve their teen’s lives by showing them the love they feel for them rather than getting tied up in their own fear. Parents can make a powerful impact by changing how they deal with their teenager.

    “To be delayed at the beginning can be a terrifying thought but that’s a perception. Who are you racing against?” says Denise. “The decision your child makes can feel like a point of no return, but there’s nothing wrong with a wrong turn.”

    Denise provides teens with a framework for how to make decisions the rest of their life.

    “We’re creating our world all the time, we’re just not doing it consciously,” says Denise. “When teens realize they have choice and they’re making these choices, they can start to take responsibility for themselves and their decisions.”

  • 00:01

    Welcome to AAFCA's The Close Up

    in Film

    Welcome to the debut of The African American Film Critics Association's weekly podcast - The Close Up. Hosts Charles Judson (former Creative Director for the Atlanta Film Festival and Edward Adams, film writer for Creative Loafing Atlanta explore film topics from their unique perspective.

  • 00:31

    Close-Up Talk Radio spotlights Tereasa Jones of Coached Living

    in Self Help

    Tulsa, OK – Most everything we do comes down to our relationships. Whether it’s a boss, a friend or a spouse, if you’re easily distracted and struggle with impulse control, it’s likely to interfere with your relationships.

    This is especially true for those individuals who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to focus and complete tasks.

    Tereasa Jones is a senior certified ADHD Coach, master certified relationship coach and founder of Coached Living, where she works with individuals struggling with ADHD to develop systems and strategies to accomplish their goals and improve their relationships.

    “ADHD is a challenge for sure, but it can also be a delightful blessing,” says Tereasa. “People with ADHD have more energy than 10 people. They just sparkle. That sparkle can easily be dulled if they don’t learn strategies and methods to overcome their issues. So what I want to know is how can we maximize their sparkle?”

    Tereasa had been a therapist for a number of years when she first decided to transition to coaching. She says initially she didn’t have a niche, but more and more people with ADHD started showing up. Though she admits she was puzzled by it at first, she enrolled in ADHD Coaching School and became determined to read everything she could.

    “My passion for ADHD came when I discovered that people with ADHD are not boring,” laughs Tereasa. “They come to you full of energy, excitement, intelligence and creativity. I feel more energized after speaking to my clients than I do before speaking to them.


  • 00:31

    Close-Up Talk Radio spotlights Maureen Moriarty of Path to Change

    in Motivation

    Palm Springs, CA -- In recent years, we’ve seen an unprecedented paradigm shift: businesses are transitioning from the traditional chain-of-command management model to creating and sustaining a more collaborative, team-engaged culture.

    Maureen Moriarty is the founder of Path to Change, an executive coaching practice dedicated to helping emerging managers and senior leaders to be more effective by enhancing their ability to lead, communicate and collaborate. Path to Change helps business leaders and managers improve leadership and team performance through organizational development consulting, executive coaching and leadership development training.

    “True leadership is about inspiring people to do more than just show up,” says Moriarty. “It’s about challenging and supporting people to reach their potential and higher levels of excellence.”

    A recent Gallup poll of more than one million employed U.S. workers concluded that the number one reason people quit their jobs is because of a bad boss or supervisor. Bad bosses often lack self-awareness. They don’t understand how their behavior negatively impacts their teams. According to Moriarty, it is your emotional intelligence – your capacity for self-awareness, adaptability and interpersonal communication, particularly under stress – that will ultimately determine your effectiveness as a leader.

    “If you look at the research that’s been done on what derails leaders, it’s all connected to emotional intelligence,” says Moriarty. “I help my clients become more self-aware and more mindful of how their behaviors and actions impact people positively and negatively and how to be more effective under challenges. Great leaders are not born. They are molded, taught, guided and developed."

  • 02:01

    "Up Close & Personal" with Keyboardists/Composers "Al DeGregoris" & "Vel Lewis"

    in Music

    As he continues his emergence as a dynamic new independent artist in the contemporary jazz world, keyboardist and composer Al DeGregoris still remembers the encouraging words he parents would offer frequently as he was growing up in Long Island: “Be patient. Work hard. Everything will come, All In Good Time.” That last phrase is the perfect title of DeGregoris’ new album, the latest step in the fulfillment of his musical dreams, which finds him vibing with some of contemporary jazz’s top hit making artists.

  • 00:31

    Close-Up Talk Radio spotlights Amy Anfinson of Divine Unlimited Possibilities

    in Motivation

    We all desire freedom and balance, yet we often grow frustrated when we don’t see the results we want. According to Amy Anfinson, if we learn to manage our emotions, we will move through life with more ease and grace and experience success in every single aspect of our lives, no exceptions.

    Amy Anfinson is a coach, mentor, spiritual teacher and the founder of Divine Unlimited Possibilities, a positive change coaching practice dedicated to moving people from stress to success. Amy teaches her clients to empower themselves to create more money, fulfilling relationships and a vibrant health in mind, body and spirit.

    “I help people open up to the unlimited possibilities in their lives,” says Amy. “Sometimes we look at our experiences and say, ‘This is just how it is.’ Our thinking then stays small and we get trapped into repeating the same old patterns and producing the same unsatisfying results. I get my clients out of their old thinking and behaviors and train them to change their results by changing their thinking. People feel immediate relief, rapidly open up to unlimited possibilities and have fun along the journey.”

    To ease people from stress to success, Amy created the OASIS Approach, a powerful system for creating the life you want. OASIS stands for “Openness, Awareness, Silence and Small Shifts, Intentions and Support Systems." People who have used this transformative system and worked with Amy have experienced immediate relief and rapid positive changes.  

    Says Amy: “My simple, 5-step OASIS Approach can help you to move past life’s toughest road blocks and discover your passions and dreams.”