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Peter Oprisko – Celebrating Sinatra
And the Great American Songbook

Monday, April 20th, 2015
by on Playing Around

For a singer, few things are more validating than to have a recording played on Jonathan Schwartz’s popular radio program. That’s what happened to Peter

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Celebrate the Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Monday, April 21st, 2014
by on Woman Around Town

Not many fans know by name the songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. But begin to list their many songs—-“Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand

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Master Class: “The More I Learn, The Less I Know” –
George Harrison’s Best Songs with The Beatles

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
by on Playing Around

Last week marked the occasion of what would have been George Harrison’s 71st birthday. In commemoration, I have compiled two lists of his greatest songs

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American Cool – From Jazz to Jobs, McQueen to Prince

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
by on Playing Around

Americans are cool. We’re not just talking about the Sochi Olympics. Long before snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg coined phrases like “shreddin’ the gnar” and “stoked,” Americans

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Scatting and Bebopping Through Life

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
by on Playing Around

“There’s Ella and then there’s the rest of us.” Frank Sinatra For two hours at MetroStage, Freda Payne became Ella Fitzgerald, taking the audience on

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In a Crowded World, How to Be Alone

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
by on Reading Around

How can you say something new about being alone, Tell somebody you’re a loner? Right away they think you’re lonely, It’s not the same thing,

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Las Vegas’ Mob Museum Traces the
History of Organized Crime

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
by on Living Around

It seems appropriate that the Mob Museum is located in Las Vegas, a city once closely associated with organized crime. Even better, the museum is

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John Pizzarelli’s Got the “World on a String”
With His Sentimental Musical Memoir

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
by on Reading Around

This holiday, it seems like every actor, musician, or chef is coming out with a new book just in time for the holidays. Whether it’s

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