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AMBROSIA DRUMMER BURLEIGH DRUMMOND

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Progressive rock band Ambrosia with drummer Burleigh Drummond

“How Much I Feel” “Biggest Part of Me” and “You’re the Only Woman” were just a few of the hits of the five-time Grammy Award nominated progressive rock band Ambrosia. The man on the drums and founding member? He is percussionist, producer, songwriter and singer Burleigh Drummond. Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond will be joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 8, 3 pm ET for an in-depth interview.

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Formed in southern California in 1970 as a quartet, along with Burleigh, the groups members included guitarist/vocalist David Pack, bassist/vocalist Joe Puerta and keyboardist Christopher North. They chose the name Ambrosia to represent a vision of their music: all shades, textures, colors and styles. Ambrosia had five Top 40 hit singles on Warner Bros. Drummond is the only Ambrosia drummer/percussionist for the band, and with good reason. There is only one Burleigh Drummond.

A self-described “Army brat,” Drummond’s parents were in the U.S. Army, with his father a full Colonel and his mother an army nurse. The family moved often and ended up being stationed in Ankara, Turkey where as a child Drummond had an experience he found transformative: he watched and listened as artisans hammered out a large copper plate, not unlike a cymbal, “spinning and hammering in sublime synchronicity.” He’s been drumming ever since.

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What becomes a musician? Life as a rock star? A man and his music when Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 8, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPER-GROUP THE HIGHWAYMEN

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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.

CAROLE KING: DIRECTOR GEORGE SCOTT & PLAYWRIGHT DOUGLAS MCGRATH

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The career of singer-songwriter Carole King is unparalleled. To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Now, King tells her own story in the new documentary American Masters – CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, premiering nationwide Friday, February 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Wednesday, February 18, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show previews the film when joining Halli at her table is the director of the documentary, filmaker George Scott and Douglas McGrath who wrote the book for the award-winning BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, a contributor to George Scott’s Carole King documentary.

CaroleKingAmericanMaterslogoOriginally from Scotland, George Scott is a director of arts and music documentaries, as well as live concert films. His intimate portraits of musicians and artists have received wide acclaim and large audiences, and are renowned for getting ‘under the skin’ of their subjects. ENGLAND’S OTHER ELIZABETH, his film on Elizabeth Taylor was the highest-rated program ever in the BBC Omnibus Series 30 year history. Other portrait subjects have included Carla Bruni, the The Pep Shop Boys, as well as portraits of Barry White, Neil Sedaka and more.

CaroleKindBeauftifulMusicalcoverMost recently, Douglas McGrath directed the HBO documentary BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, for which he and Mr. Allen were nominated for both an Academy Award and a BAFTA award. He was twice nominated for a Writers Guild of America award, in 1995 for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and in 1997 for EMMA. Some of his other directing credits include COMPANY MAN and NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. Besides writing for the New Republic, he has also written for the New Yorker, The Nation, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair. He began his career as a writer for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. He wrote the book for the highly-acclaimed Broadway show BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL which was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

A conversation with George Scott and Douglas McGrath in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, Wednesday, February 17, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

B.B. KING: INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER-DIRECTOR JON BREWER

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B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend — the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years — earning the moniker “King of the Blues.” Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at the life of the King of Blues with rock and roll legendary manager Jon Brewer, the award-winning producer/director of American Masters: B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY, premiering nationwide during Black History Month on Friday, February 12 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates and appears in the film.

JONBREWERBBKINGHIMSELFDirector/Producer Jon Brewer is a well-established music & media industry veteran with a career in Music, Film and Television spanning 4 decades. He began in management with names such as David Bowie, Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Gene Clarke, Yes, and Gerry Rafferty before moving into publishing and the burgeoning video industry, where he was at the helm of the 3rd largest video distributor in the UK. Film Production soon followed. Ultimately he turned to making the most authentic series of music documentaries made with the full participation of the icons of Rock and Roll (The Classic Artists Series). He worked on B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY the film with King for two years. Filming was completed shortly before King passed on May 14, 2015.

jONbREWERBBKINGA conversation with Jon Brewer, music & media industry veteran and producer/director of the new American Master’s documentary, B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FILMMAKER RIC BURNS & AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S ISABELLA BOYLSTON

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RickBurnsPBSCoverBalletTwo-time Peabody Award-winning, three time DuPont Award winner and seven-time Emmy winner, filmmaker Ric Burns and the youngest female principal dancer currently on The American Ballet Theatre’s roster, 28 year old Isabella Boylston join Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 22, 3 pm ET to talk about the 75th anniversary of The American Ballet Theatre and Burns’ new film The American Ballet Theatre: A History.

Best known for his series, New York: A Documentary Film, which premiered nationally on PBS, Ric Burns has been writing, directing and producing historical documentaries for over 20 years, since his collaboration on the celebrated PBS series The Civil War, which he produced with his brother Ken and co-wrote with Geoffrey C. Ward. Since founding Steeplechase Films in 1989, he has directed some of the most distinguished programs in the award-winning public television series, American Experience, including Coney Island, The Donner Party, The Way West, and Ansel Adam.

RickBurnsIsabellaBoylstondanceIsabella Boylston was born in Sun Valley, Idaho and started taking dance classes at the age of 3. She studied ballet at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and at Harid Conservatory. When she was 14, she won the gold medal at the Youth American Grand Prix competition. At the age of 17, she was spotted by the director of the prestigious ABT studio company and invited to come to New York City and begin a career at American Ballet Theatre. She was promoted to soloist in 2011 and principal dancer in 2014. She is the recipient of the Clive Barnes Award, the Princess Grace Award, and the Annenberg Fellowship. She has appeared as a guest star with companies around the world including the National Ballet of China.

A look at The American Ballet Theatre: A History through the lens of award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns and prima ballerina Isabella Boylston Wednesday, July 22, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

NANCY SPIELBERG AND GLENN KURTZ: ABOVE AND BEYOND THE HOLOCAUST

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SpielbergAboveandBeyondmovieaddIt is 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet soldiers and still stories of the Holocaust remain untold. Two of those stories are brought to light thanks to the miracle of film. Joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 27, 3 pm ET are the producer and the director of the film ABOVE AND BEYOND, Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman. And author Glenn Kurtz who uncovered a family treasure which shows the remarkable footage of his grandfather’s birthplace in a Polish village filmed in 1938 prior to the outbreak of World War II, the story of Glenn’s efforts to discover what happened to the people in the film as told in Glenn’s award-winning book THREE MINUTES IN POLAND.

ABOVE AND BEYOND, THE BIRTH OF THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE is produced by accomplished businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist, Nancy Spielberg and directed by award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman, who has produced more than forty hours of documentary film and television, including HAVA NAGILA and BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH, which was short-listed for an Academy Award. ABOVE AND BEYOND tells the moving and powerful story of a group of World War II pilots, mostly American, who risked life and limb to volunteer to fight for Israel in the 1948 War of Independence.

SpielbergBookThreeMinutesinPolandGlenn Kurtz, a graduate of the New England Conservatory-Tufts University double degree program who holds a PhD from Stanford University in German studies and comparative literature and whose writing has been published in the New York Times, Salon, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. In THREE MINUTES IN POLAND, DISCOVERING A LOST WORLD Glenn recounts his four-year journey to identify the people captured in his grandfather’s haunting images, and introduces us to seven survivors of Hitler’s scourge.

Untold stories of World War II with Nancy Spielberg, Roberta Grossman, Glenn Kurtz on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 27, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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