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Great American Songbook Cy Coleman

Great American Songbook composer Cy Coleman is the subject of TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are Lucie Arnaz, Michelle Lee and Andy Propst the author of YOU FASCINATE ME SO, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CY COLEMAN and some surprise guests too!

Great American Songbook composer Cy Coleman who wrote the great standards  “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet To Come,” the writer of such classic musicals as Sweet Charity, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, City of Angels, and The Will Rogers Follies is finally the subject of an important biography YOU FASCINATE ME SO by Andy Propst.  Andy Propst is a journalist whose career has encompassed work with New York Shakespeare Festival founder, Joseph Papp and Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe, as well as five years on-air at XM Satellite Radio’s XM 28 On Broadway channel. His writing has appeared in the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Backstage and the Sondheim Review.

Great American Songbook Cy ColemanAward-winning actress and performer Lucie Arnaz is the daughter of Hollywood royalty. Her mother, Lucille Ball and her dad, Desi Arnaz were the infamous pranksters Lucy and Ricky on the favorite comedy TV series of all times, I Love Lucy. Ball starred in Cy Coleman’s WILDCAT. Lucie Arnaz built her own career with grit and grind, acting in television, and film, including in THE JAZZ SINGER with Neil Diamond for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe. Ultimately she made her mark on Broadway in a host of productions beginning with the musical THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG. She headlined the first national tour of Cy Coleman’s mega-hit musical SEESAW.

Great American Songbook Cy ColemanEmmy Award Nominee and a two-time Tony nominee Michele Lee starred as the loveable and quirky Gittel Mosca in the original production of the Coleman/ Dorothy Fields musical SEESAW, for which she won the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Award for Best Actress. Lee has been a favorite of audiences since she caught their attention on the 50s TV show THE MANY LOVES OF DOBBIE GILLIS. She made her Broadway debut in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING with Rudy Valle and a young Robert Morse. Later she joined us in our living rooms as Karen Fairgate on the long run of the nighttime soap opera KNOTT’S LANDING.

Great American Songbook, Cy Coleman, Broadway, Michele Lee, Lucie Arnaz, Andy Propst, Shelby Coleman on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show…it’s witchcraft when we look at the life, times and music of composer Cy Coleman on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett. Margaritaville. Yep, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is taking a trip to Margaritaville in search of the lost shaker of salt with author Ryan White out with a new compelling, and rollicking portrait of the legendary pirate captain of Margaritaville as told in the acclaimed music critic’s candid new biography JIMMY BUFFETT, A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY. And, we’re suggesting a great new book to read while you bask in the golden sunshine with author Lisa See, her new novel THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE.

Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett, the iconic “Pop of Trop Rock,” the Pirate Captain of Margaritaville, the one person we would all like to share a cheeseburger in paradise. Writer, performer, Buffett has earned millions through record sales and top-grossing concert tours, but he is also the CEO behind – and get this – a $1.5 billion-per-year Margaritaville industrial complex, a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, lifestyle products, and now about to open Margaritville retirement homes. But before he became the flip-flop music legend and the CEO of Margaritville, Inc. there was the kid from Pascagoula, Mississippi. There have been a lot of changes in attitudes, changes in latitudes in James William Buffett’s life and Ryan White the author of SPRINGSTEEN: ALBUM BY ALBUM, who has twice been named one of the top feature writers in the country by the Society for Features Journalism explores them all JIMMY BUFFETT, A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY.

Jimmy BuffettAuthor Lisa See the four-time New York Times bestselling author whose titles include ON GOLD MOUNTAIN, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, SHANGHAI GRILS AND DREAMS OF JOY never disappoints. Her latest novel, THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE is testament, yet another powerful story where east meets west, a story of family, identity, and motherhood, a moving journey through a little-known world that takes the reader on a ride through the magic and mysteries of ancient Chinese culture and the equally mysterious bond of mother and child.

What could be better than cheeseburgers in paradise, nibbling on sponge cake, watching the sun bake and reading a NY Times bestselling novel? Join me, Lisa See and author Ryan White who brings us his new biography of Jimmy Buffet and Lisa See talks her new fiction THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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El Paso

“Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” is one of the most memorable lines in cultural history a play on an earlier line penned by the brilliant author Winston Groom in his iconic novel FORREST GUMP. Groom joins Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET to talk about his latest work EL PASO. Also joining Halli is bestselling author, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin out with his new controversial PAUL SIMON HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON, the first major biography of American music icon.

Forrest GumpWinston Groom is the author of twenty previous books, including CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ENEMY (Pulitzer Prize finalist), SHILOH 1862, and THE GENERALS. As embodied by Tom Hanks on-screen, Winston Groom’s FORREST GUMP is perhaps one of the most identifiable fictional characters of the last thirty years. EL PASO marks Groom’s triumphant return to form: a swirling, unstoppable saga set against the panorama of the Mexican Revolution and its march into the American Southwest, a you cannot put this one down sweeping novel. Drawing brilliantly from Groom’s award-winning nonfiction and inspired by a true story, EL PASO begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the Great War raging in Europe, the Mexican Civil War spilling over the border, and the titans of American industry—the Hearsts, Whitneys, and Morgans—holding fast to their lands in northern Mexico.

Paul SimonThe first major biography of American music icon, PAUL SIMON, has arrived! Interviewing more than 100 people from Simon’s world, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin, the bestselling author of the Bruce Springsteen biography, BRUCE, brings us the new book: HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON. With meticulous detail, Carlin fully reveals one whose life and career, in so many ways, exemplifies the American experience from 1950 through today.

History, music, fiction, biography, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show offers up a box of chocolates for your listening pleasure when authors Winston Groom and Peter Ames Carlin sit down with Halli, Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Legendary bubblegum pop singer-songwriter Tommy Roe joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 30, 3 pm ET with stories of Dick Clark, The Beatles and more in a rock and roll of a conversation. With hits like Dizzy, Sheila, Sweet Pea, Everybody and Hooray for Hazel, Roe, sometimes referred to as “The King of Bubblegum Rock”, recorded six Top 10 hits between 1962 and 1969, more than any single artist/songwriter during that period of the sixties. Tommy has four Gold Records, and two of his hits topped the Billboard chart at #1.

TOMMY ROE, BEATLES, CHRIS MONTEZWith a total of 11 records reaching the Billboard Top 40 and 23 Billboard Top 100 chart records, Tommy is one of the early pioneers of the American Pop music culture. Now out with a new biography with intros by record mogul Scott Borchetta, Wink Martindale and Republican Pollster, Frank Luntz, FROM CABBAGE TOWN TO TINSELTOWN AND PLACES INBETWEEN is raw, candid, funny, sad encyclopedia of music history. Now 74, Tommy Roe is far more than the music that still brings crowds when he performs. His is a voice that stands for a generation.

tommy-roe-cabbage-bookTune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 30, 3 pm ET for some rock and roll nostalgia with that Sweet Pea of a musician, Tommy Roe. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Grammy nominated John Ford Coley of England Dan & John Ford Coley

“I’d Really Like To See You Tonight,” “Nights are Forever Without You,” It’s Sad to Belong,” Love is the Answer,” were just a few of the hits of the Grammy nominated soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. Joining Halli at her table is singer, musician, actor, author John Ford Coley.

Texas born and raised, at 16 his music career was well on the way. The classically trained pianist would move to guitar and with his gift for harmony sing his way with his partner and classmate, England Dan to the top of the rock and roll charts. The band would break up but not before the Grammy-nominated duo had six Top 40 singles under their belts. With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists, most notably Eddie Money. He added acting to his repertoire and has penned a book on his years in the music industry entitled BACKSTAGE PASS.

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Stories of Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Mickey Mantle and more, and the extraordinary career of John Ford Coley on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 24, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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The story of Hollywood and Creative Artists Agency CAA

We’re taking a trip to Hollywood on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when we take a peek behind the curtain of the immensely powerful corporation known as Creative Artists Agency. In POWERHOUSE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOLLYWOOD’S CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY, award-winning journalist James Andrew Miller spins a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, greed, and personal betrayal, and that’s just the beginning. And in our second half-hour, it’s FOUR BROADS TALKING politics and more with our panel of smart, feisty, broads.

The movies you watch, the TV shows you adore, the concerts and sporting events you attend—behind the curtain of nearly all of these is an immensely powerful corporation known as Creative Artists Agency. Started in 1975, when five bright and brash employees of a creaky William Morris office left to open their own strikingly innovative talent agency, CAA would come to revolutionize the entertainment industry, and over the next several decades its tentacles would spread aggressively beyond film and television into music, advertising, and investment banking. In POWERHOUSE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOLLYWOOD’S CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY, James Andrew Miller, the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller THOSE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN: INSIDE THE WORLD OF ESPN and LIVE FROM NEW YORK, who has written for The Washington Post, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair – draws on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled with CAA, and tells the story of prophetic brilliance, magnificent artistry, singular genius, entrepreneurial courage and above all, daring.


With less than three months to go until Election Day, with Donald Trump shaking up politics as usual and with Hillary Clinton quickly rising in the polls, oh what fun our FOUR BROADS TALKING™ panel of brilliant political pundits will have when they sit down for their weekly chat on all things politics and culture in our second half hour. Look for sparks to fly with this tell it like it is panel Sheila Weller, Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews and your host, Halli Casser-Jayne.

Hollywood, film, TV, stars, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, politics, Election 2016, we have it all for you on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 17, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Halli Casser-Jayne in El Salvador

Halli Casser-Jayne in El Salvador

AXS reporter Donna Nolan-Wilson had the opportunity to hang out with our talk show host Halli Casser-Jayne on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon on the Florida coast. Here’s what she wrote.

Halli Casser-Jayne is fun, frank, fearless, feisty and at times simply outrageous and AXS got granted an interview with this bigger than life character carried in a small framed body. Picture this, two ladies sitting in white hurricane chairs wearing floral print sundresses sporting big floppy hats while sipping Mint Juleps as the seagulls sang their ocean song.

Halli Casser-Jayne has a list of accolades and accomplishments Barbara Walters would be impressed by and this interview, a long time in the planning would prove to be informative, remarkable and even a little bit scandalous. Grab yourself a beverage of your choice as you read the interaction between this AXS journalist and Ms. Halli Casser-Jayne. The waves crashing in the background was the soundtrack provided by nature as the first question was asked.

AXS: Hi Halli, we know there is an art and technique to interviewing. You are notorious for being a straight shooter and really getting to the heart of the matter. You are also known for getting people to say things they have never told anybody before. How do you do that?

Halli Casser-Jayne: Well first of all you have to separate and eliminate barriers and get all of that out of there. There has to be nothing between you and the other person that you are speaking with. If it is there, you have to erase it if you will for the moment and get into their heart and their soul and their minds. You have to let them know that they are safe with you. That’s key and when does somebody feel safe with you? When you are their friend and you’re on their team. Everybody has a different way of interviewing. I don’t go out there to destroy anybody. That’s not the point. They will destroy themselves if that’s who they are in the first place in the interview. I go out there to help them sell their wares. That’s what my role is; my job is if they have got something to sell. If I don’t like a product when it’s given to me, I don’t take it on either. If I really hate something I’ve got too much of my own integrity to sell something that I think is really bad.

AXS: That is true, if you don’t believe in their product, how are you going to help them sell it?

HCJ: Well there are a lot of people who will. I pretty much find what is good in most anything anyway. I am pitched so much every day; I can’t take on everything that is pitched to me.

AXS: So let’s go back to your high school days. You graduated High School and what happened next? Do you have some juicy college stories?

HCJ: College was interesting because I went to college in Florida. It was insanity. It was the early 1970’s and people were crazy and there were a lot of drugs and here I was this girl out of Dwight School for Girls and I remember I went to college and I can tell you what I was wearing. A yellow dress with white patent leather shoes and my hair was pulled back. It was actually a double breasted coat dress and that was in September. I came home for Thanksgiving, I got off the plane and I must have lost 30 pounds, very thin like Twiggy and my hair was down to my waist, very blonde bleached out from the sun, full makeup and landlubber jeans and yellow lacy see through shirt with no bra. I thought my father was going to go crazy. He made me put his coat on at the airport. This metamorphosis has just occurred and my father didn’t know how to handle it. For me college was different as I hadn’t been exposed to boys. It was really interesting for me and I became boy crazy. The first time I interviewed somebody, and I have never thought about this before, when I got my first job out of college I was working in the garment center in New York.

I was working for the most horrible human being on the face of the earth. It was like working for Scrooge. I was lucky to get the job as it really was one of the best companies at the time in the garment district but the long and short of it is he was a nightmare. I modeled too and sometimes they would ask me to model the swimsuits and he was just an absolute animal and I realized that the garment center was a horrible place. They were using girls and treating us like slaves and objects. I thought I am going to do a story about this so I went and I bought a tape recorder and started interviewing other women who were working as sales people and models in the showrooms on Broadway. That was the first time I thought there is something here and I can do something about this. I don’t know what I ever did with that piece but that is what I do.

AXS: You mean you were going to make a change?

HCJ: I was going to do a story on it. I don’t know what I did with it but that was the first time that I started running around finding interesting women to talk about working in the garment center and being treated like idiots.

AXS: So you quit your job?

HCJ: Yes I quit and I went to another company and thought that is not what I want to do. There was a guy on the radio in New York and it was the first FM station ever in New York and Don Imus was on it. My cousin was friends with some guys at the radio station and they invited me to come into the studio one night when he was doing a live show. I came and I was sitting there and next thing I know, I became a regular on his show. It was the Friday night crew and there were a whole bunch of guys and me and I was the sexy voice. That is how I got into radio as weird as it was.

AXS: Yeah but that is how that stuff happens.

HCJ: Well I knew that I had wanted to be an actor. That is why I went to New York. I grew up in the suburbs and I couldn’t wait to move to Manhattan and I was going to be on Broadway and do this and that and the other thing. I did a lot of that but you are right, you don’t know what is going to lead to the other. I wound up taking acting classes and all that jazz with the man that discovered Dustin Hoffman and cast him in ‘The Graduate.’ Later on one of my friends Dad’s was a very well known television director in LA and she brought him to see one of my plays. He directed ‘Kojak,” and he said come to California and I will get you a job. I said get out of here. He said no really. I was in San Pedro Beach Bums and that was how all that got started and I did a few other things like Fantasy Island.

AXS: You were on Fantasy Island?

HCJ: I was on Fantasy Island, I played a hooker.

AXS: (Laughter) We have to find the footage.

HCJ: That didn’t turn out the way I thought it was going to be and it was boring sitting around waiting to be on TV. It wasn’t for me. I had a friend who was a very well known columnist, an award winner and his paper was in LA. He and I became friendly and he asked me one day to edit this piece he just wrote. He liked the way I edited his piece and he winds up writing about me in his column and I became pretty well known around the area. He used to write about my Christian Dior pantyhose and I became this character in Tony’s column. I got to know everybody over at the paper and the next thing I knew they were putting together a bunch of people to go to El Salvador and Nicaragua to cover the crazy wars that were going on there.

I got a call and they asked me if I wanted to come down and I went. I wound up working for ABC actually. I did a piece with the San Francisco Examiner. They had brought a whole bunch of people down to do different parts of the stories. I did that and ABC picked me up and then I worked for them and then for ITN. I had a crazy thing happen because they had shut down the University because there had been a lot of killings. The crazy President down there at the time said that they would allow a concert on the closed down campus for one day. I had been doing a story about the violence and all the records were vinyl and they were all made in Central America. They weren’t going to let any press in and they were really guarding this but because of my contacts with the record industry in El Salvador they said I could come and I could bring one camera man with me.

ABC went bonkers, ITN went bonkers, so there I was. There were like 35 thousand brown skinned kids, most of them pretty radical and weren’t too crazy about Americans. Those were tough times. The CIA was taking over the country and they called me up on the stage with the big superstar and my cameraman said, “You gotta go kiddo.” I did and that wound up on ABC on Good Morning America the next day or the day after that. In those days you had to put footage on a plane to get it back to civilization. That was the beginning of me getting serious in life. It was quite a learning experience about life and if you don’t have your head on straight when you go into a circumstance like that, you come out with it very straight.

AXS: Well yes, the things that you must have seen and heard.

HCJ: Pretty amazing. I wrote about it. A novel that is floating around somewhere, it’s called “MAMBO, A Conversation with the Gods,” available at Amazon.

AXS: Yes, you probably have stories you can’t ever tell.

HCJ: There are stories I can never tell.

AXS: So let’s get back to your method of interviewing and how you get these folks to open up like they do?

HCJ: I research the hell out of these people. I like to know as much as I can about them before I go in. I know what would push their buttons and what won’t. You are creating a piece; a podcast is an art form. When I was doing the piece on The Doors which was a nightmare because this was a time when they weren’t talking to anybody, they had really withdrawn. They were fighting amongst each other, and they had formed alliances, you know two were here and one was over there.

I remember when I was finally able to get to the last person and I had spoken to some amazing people who had surrounded them besides them, when I finally got to Densmore, he really was the most reluctant of all of them to talk. He also had the biggest secret to tell at the time and he was the most honest of them all. I will never forget the day we did the interview, the first interview because we became friends, I think he felt relieved when he finally admitted that maybe they should have called the doctors in on Jim a long time before they did. How angry, angry they were because he blew their own careers. You take on many roles when you do an interview, you know that? One of them is psychologist. You can help a lot of people through a lot of sh*t if you’re there for them and care about them. I never do an interview where I am out to get anybody. I am not out to score points. I am out to reveal people for who they are; the good, the bad and the indifferent and most people I find are pretty decent.

AXS: Your listeners think of you, different people think of you in different ways. The men think of you as really sexy and intelligent and women think of you as a role model because you are so intelligent, witty and spunky. When you talk about doing research on every guest you are going to interview, do you have any other means other than the internet in which you do your research because you come up with stuff we don’t know about them.

HCJ: I was a reporter for a long time so there’s that. There is nothing you can’t find out about anybody if you look hard enough. A lot of this stuff comes to me from publicists. The press sheets I always take with a grain of salt because that is what they want you to know. There is a product usually; a book that goes with it and you pretty much take a look at that and see what that is about. I tell you something about me that is kind of weird but it’s true.

I don’t know what it is but I have a mind that remembers things like nobody’s business. It is a little scary actually so that if somebody is coming on my show, chances are I know a lot about them before they even got there because I might have been interested in them which is why I have invited them as a guest. Somewhere in my brain a little bell goes off and I remember reading this about that person 20 years ago and there it is. It is like this, I interview these folks because they have something they want to sell whether it’s a book, music or whatever. I tell them this, if you give me a sanitized version of who you are, nobody gives a hoot and that will be the end of you. So that’s your choice.

AXS: You know what; people can see through the bull, they can see through the fake.

HCJ: Nobody wants to do an interview that isn’t interesting.

AXS: Right.

HCJ: Nobody wants to hear about how wonderful somebody is all of the time. La la la la la. I think that is also key. Most of the people that I interview are there because I have screened them and it is an interview that I have consented to do because I think somebody has something important to say. I always go in liking what they do or liking their music or this, that or the other. Rarely do I interview uninteresting people. Most people live up to my expectations. Most people do but I would also say this which is, I sometimes know I disarm people because I gain their trust very quickly. If I were out to screw them they would never come back but if I am out there and I give them a safe place to say the things that they need to say, then they are going to feel safe and they are not going to say oops.

AXS: A place where they can be themselves?

HCJ: I think that is what you have to create for them. You have to give them a safe haven where they feel they can talk about what needs to be said.

AXS: Let’s talk about your books and your writing.

HCJ: It is really interesting that we use different muscles and as an artist can sometimes get you crazy. Interviewing is one muscle, photography which is a passion of mine is a different muscle, painting now, I have taken on painting, that is another muscle and writing. Writing is such a different funny little thing. If I am writing the pieces that I put up under ‘Halli’s Muse,’ or ‘Inside the Hopper,’ where I am commenting on social issues and politics, that’s a voice. I have got this novel that is sitting here, “Scout Finch’s Diary,” that’s a different voice and muscle. You know talking and writing aren’t all that different for me when I think about it. Writing is painting with words. You know what, doing an interview is painting with words, same difference.

AXS: That’s beautiful.

HCJ: And it’s true. The way that I found out that I knew what I was doing was Michael Shurtleff who I was telling you about who was my acting coach who was the great casting director who had written one of the great books about acting with is applicable by the way to writing. He wrote a book that I tell writers to read, it is called “How to Audition.” Apply it to your writing and it will serve you the same way. Michael and I moved out to California at the same time and we were on the phone one day and I told you he was a real curmudgeon. He didn’t want to talk to anybody. I can see myself standing in my kitchen walking with my phone as I am having this conversation just yakking away and it was like for hours. I don’t know what the hell we were talking about and at the end of the conversation he said to me, “Halli, I’ve got it, I get it, you need to listen to me. You need to do interviews. That’s your calling. Forget the acting, forget the writing, you could talk your way out of a paper bag and you could talk anybody into getting into the paper bag.” I didn’t do that for a long time but he was the one that told me.

AXS: He was right.

HCJ: I’ll never forget that as long as I live. Michael was not an easy man to talk too. Nobody ever wanted to talk to him, people were terrified of him. He barked, he didn’t talk, not to me though. I had a completely different relationship with that guy. Talking to me is just another form of art if you will. It’s just another form of writing, it is writing with words.

AXS: That’s wonderful. What is your favorite art form?

HCJ: I don’t know if I could answer that. I never thought of myself as an artist. I just did the things that I liked. I liked to photograph, I liked to write. I think I am just a creative person and you never know which way that creativity is going to come out on any given day. If I catch a great photograph on a weird odd foggy day over the water which you don’t see a whole lot of around here, I love that photograph until the next one. I am into painting right now.

AXS: You are so many different moving parts.

HCJ: That’s good and that’s bad. If you are moving a whole lot people don’t know what to make of you. I come from a long line of creative women and stylish women. My mother had an amazing sense of style and art. My grandmother was the same way and so many of my family members are that way. I was also schooled in the arts with the amazing education that I had. I was really exposed to the great art and the great artists and the great sports people and all of that all my life. I grew up with Mickey Mantle in my house. I saw it all from a very early age so I was very fortunate to be exposed and I think exposure molds you into being able to see that kind of thing.

AXS: Tell us about your Clinton connection. Tell us about the day you met Bill Clinton?

HCJ: My roommate from college’s father had given Bill Clinton a clerk position in his law firm in New Haven at Yale. I was invited to this dinner in Washington D.C., for this dinner for Senator Robert Byrd and I had been told that Bill Clinton was going to be there and Senator Rockefeller who was also a friend and Teddy Kennedy was going to be there as well. The family told me to tell Bill Clinton that I was their Goddaughter so who knew that I was really going to meet him. He comes into the room, it was a Sunday night, cocktails and dinner and he actually wasn’t supposed to stay and he said he would stay and he would do a rope line and talk to us.

There weren’t that many people there and I was wearing this little black dress and I’ll never forget this. I go running up and I had been in Prep School so I certainly knew how to handle myself (laughter). I scream Mr. President, Mr. President and he saw me and I said I have regards for you. He said, “Ma’am, from whom,” and I said from Ben Moss and he went bonkers. He says, “Ben Moss, Ben Moss, how do you know Ben Moss?” I told him and he said what are you doing in West Virginia and I told him I had just moved there. He stopped everybody, he stopped Rockefeller and he stopped Kennedy and he stopped them all and he told them the story of Ben Moss who was this wonderful man who had given him this job and he was just a kid with a heavy southern accent in up north.

He just couldn’t have been nicer. I was dazzled by him. I mean it was a good 7 to 10 minutes that he was talking to me about Ben with all of the people in the room. He was delicious. First of all he was so handsome it scared me. I had seen a lot of actors obviously, I had lived with a few but this man was just so handsome in those days it was stupid and he couldn’t have been more real, more honest, and nicer and it was really quite a moment. What a terrific guy, just very real, but would he have noticed me if I didn’t have on my little black dress and had my “boobies” pushed up.

AXS: Oh, we are so going to print that because that is where the outrageous Halli Casser-Jayne pops her head in.

Halli Casser-Jayne would not spill on the actors that she had lived with, all right, yes she did but we can’t tell you. We finished our Mint Juleps and hugged goodbye as the sun was setting over the glistening ocean.

If you want to hear Halli Casser-Jayne in action interviewing politicians, actors, actresses, and music artists, check out her weekly talk show on the internet at Halli Make sure to like her on Facebook.

Reprinted with permission of the author.


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Singer/songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson

In the first official statement concerning the rumored memory problems of singer/songwriter, musician and actor Kris Kristofferson, longtime publicist Tamara Saviano says he is suffering from “short term memory problems due to undiagnosed and untreated Lyme Disease. He’s been getting treatment and is much, much better.” Her comments came in an explanation addressed to the host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Halli Casser-Jayne.

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Saviano was responding to a request to clarify Kristofferson’s condition, following her written denial that the Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient has Alzheimer’s Disease, as originally asserted by and later retracted by four-time Emmy Award winning producer Jim Brown to Halli Casser-Jayne on her show.


The Highwaymen special produced and directed by Emmy-winner Jim Brown

In a subsequent communication with Casser-Jayne, Brown backed off his statement. “I have no direct knowledge of Kris Kristofferson’s medical condition,” he wrote to Ms. Casser-Jayne. “I was mistaken to mention that he has Alzheimer’s. I don’t know more than that he has memory problems which he has spoken about.”

Brown is the producer of ‘American Masters, The Highwaymen – Friends Till the End,’ documentary, featuring Kristofferson that recently aired on PBS stations and is now available online. Brown interviewed Kris Kristofferson and his wife Lisa for his documentary.

Rumors concerning Kris Kristofferson’s health have percolated through the music industry for years. Some have made the uneducated guess that the former boxer could be suffering from pugilistica, a neurodegenerative disease with features of dementia that can only be diagnosed after death. Kristofferson has alluded to his “memory loss.”

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In a 2011 interview with ABC’s World News Now he said: “I’m going to be right in the middle of a sentence, man – and it just goes, pew.” In another in 2013, with FOX411 he said, “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” and he lamented, “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs so I can perform, but other than that…”

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According to Saviano, Kris Kristofferson, who turns 80 on June 22nd just stepped in for the recently deceased Merle Haggard with Merle’s band the Strangers and Merle’s sons. He is going on tour with Willie Nelson in June, and then doing solo dates around the US for the rest of the summer. He will travel to Norway in the fall. In addition to the Highwaymen and Sony reissues, Kris Kristofferson also has a new studio album coming out for his 80th birthday.

Journalist Halli Casser-Jayne, host of the show of the same name is not new to journalism. War correspondent, documentary producer, and radio host, Casser-Jayne worked with Door’s drummer John Densmore on his bestselling autobiography, RIDERS ON THE STORM.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is a premiere show on multiple podcast networks. One of the early podcasters, Casser-Jayne is considered one of the best. Frequent guest and political editor or Newsweek magazine, Matthew Cooper says: “The Halli Casser-Jayne show is pure joy — smart, interesting talk with a great host. I love being a guest. I love listening to it even more.” Veteran newsman, Roger Simon calls Halli “one of the best in the biz.”

“I am a longtime fan of Kris Kristofferson’s and I am so glad we cleared all of this up,” Casser-Jayne said. “I love Kris, I want him to play on forever, but most of all, I want him to be well.”

To listen to Halli’s conversation with Jim Brown and author of WAYLON: TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Terry Jennings, oldest son of country singer Waylon Jennings visit Halli Casser-Jayne. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts original episodes Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m., eastern time.


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Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, they were the Highwaymen, the first country music supergroup, the pioneering outlaws who changed country music forever. Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show joining Halli at her table is Jim Brown, producer/director/writer and cinematographer to talk about his new documentary: American Masters — THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END. And Terry Jennings, the oldest son of Waylon Jennings, author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD.

The HighwaymenJim Brown is a four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/director/writer and cinematographer who is responsible for some of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical documentary programs of the last four decades. These include 50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary, Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust-The Bridge to Russia and American Masters – Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END premiers nationwide Friday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series.

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Terry Jennings Waylon, Tales of My Outlaw DadTerry Jennings had a front-row seat to his father’s iconic music career. A complex man, Waylon’s relationship with drugs and women are the stuff of legends. But he was always the consummate musician and at his heart a family man. Terry saw it all and will offer up many surprises.

A look at the supergroup The Highwaymen with producer of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END, Jim Brown and at the man who was Waylon Jennings with Terry Jennings author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For further information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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“I’d Really Like To See You Tonight,” “Nights are Forever Without You,” It’s Sad to Belong,” Love is the Answer,” were just a few of the hits of the Grammy nominated soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. Joining Halli at her table, Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm ET is singer, musician, actor, author John Ford Coley.

Texas born and raised, at 16 his music career was well on the way. The classically trained pianist would move to guitar and with his gift for harmony sing his way with his partner and classmate, England Dan to the top of the rock and roll charts. The band would break up but not before the Grammy-nominated duo had six Top 40 singles under their belts. With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists, most notably Eddie Money. He added acting to his repertoire and has penned a book on his years in the music industry entitled BACKSTAGE PASS.

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Stories of Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Mickey Mantle and more, and the extraordinary career of John Ford Coley on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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