Cocktail Nation Evenings At The Penthouse- Dancing Champagne Bubbles

It’s Holiday season and the Champagne begins to flow, party hats prevail and the spirit of festivity is abound so lets celebrate the year with some Cocktail Jazz!

Bobby Darin -Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Dean Martin-My Heart Reminds Me
Paul Desmond-Easy Living
Zoot Sims-How Deep Is the Ocean
Bobby Troup-The Feeling Of Jazz
George Shearing-Isn’t It Romantic
Martial Solal-Round Midnight
George Dunning-That Cat Again
Jackie Gleason-Melancholy Serenade
Hank Garland-Rainy Afternoon
James Spencer-Southern Stars
Tony Bennett-The Last Time I Saw Paris

Cocktail Nation Evenings At The Penthouse-Wise Words Of Little Richard.

People think that it was Chuck Berry who had all the wise words about rock n roll but when it comes to life it was Little Richard who had all the cool things to say. Plus he wore really cool threads and had a cool quiff so I guess that’s why I dig him!
Bill Evans Come Rain Or Come Shine
Frank Sinatra -Moonlight In Vermont
Matt Monro-Merci Cherie
George Shearing-Satin Doll
Nat King Cole- I Got It Bad
James Spencer-Love Is Here To Stay
Jackie Gleason-That Certain Party
Martini Kings-Enchanted Lovers
John Coltrane-Blue Train
James Morrison Girl Talk
Chet Baker and strings-You Better go Now
Barbara Levy Daniel -Imagination
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Cocktail Nation 433 -Best Of The Best Music Releases

As the year grinds to a halt we check out the best music releases of the year and speak to the people who created them!
Sharps Tenor Madness

Tony Felicetta Sharps interview

Narco Lounge Combo-My Night With Sinatra

Richie Paradise Narco Lounge combo interview

Tikiyaki 5-0 Supernova 

Jim Bacchi Tikiyaki interview

Codename Carter Perfect Clarity Perfect Cut

Steve Gray -Codename Carter interview 

Out Of Abingdon-Three Piece Suit

Warwick Hargreaves Interview

Roland Remington -Martinique

Roland Remington Interview

Ixtaheule-Call Of the Islands

Mattias Uneback Interview


Cocktail Nation Evenings At The Penthouse-Christmas on the 44th Floor

Dig some cocktail Christmas jazz as we kick back with some egg nog while the year shifts down a gear
Peggy Lee-White ChristmasLou Rawls-Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Tiki Joes Ocean-We Three Kings

Julie London-I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

Michael Buble -I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Dean Martin -Winter Wonderland

June Christy -I’m Sorry To See You leave

Nancy Wilson-What Are You Doing For New Year

Renzo Cesana-I Bought You Violets

Al Caiola-Holiday On Skis

ZSA Zsa Gabor has died aged 99

The legendary Hungarian-born actor suffered a heart attack and passed away after years of health troubles.

“Everybody was there. She didn’t die alone,” he told AFP by telephone, choking back sobs.

Gabor starred in films such as Moulin Rouge, The Girl in the Kremlin and Queen of Outer Space.
Zsa Zsa became a socialite alongside her sister Eva.

She suffered a long period of ill-health after being involved in a car accident in 2002 which resulted in her becoming partially paralysed.

Years of complications followed and she eventually had to have her right leg amputated in 2011.

TMZ first reported Gabor died of a heart attack on Sunday.

Gabor was married nine times, most recently to Frederic Prinz von Anhalt who she married in 1986.
She was first married to Burhan Asaf Beige between 1937 and 1941 before divorcing him and going on to marry hotel magnate Conrad Hilton between 1942 and 1947.
Gabor later married George Sanders in 1949 until 1954, Herbert Hutner in 1962 until 1966 and Joshua S. Cosden Jr in 1966 until 1967.
She went on to wed Jack Ryan, who is credited with designing the Barbie doll for Mattel, in 1975 until 1976, then Michael O’Hara between 1976 and 1983 before she married her penultimate husband Felipe de Alba in 1983 before annulling the marriage just one day later.

Her ninth husband, an emotional Frederic von Anhalt, said that Gabor had passed away at home surrounded by friends and family.

Born in Budapest, Zsa Zsa (born Sari) was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936 and followed her sister Eva to Hollywood. She got her foot in the showbiz door with MGM’s 1952 Lovely to Look At and got a bigger break that year with Moulin Rouge, directed by John Huston, who is said to have given the ingenue, who spoke heavily accented English and had almost no film experience, a difficult time during the shoot. Gabor’s English improved, but her Eastern European roots became part of her trademark.
Her theatre credits include Forty Carats on Broadway and a touring production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.
Hollywood didn’t take her too seriously as an actor, maybe because she didn’t take herself too seriously. She seemed to have decided that there were few roles as interesting as her own persona. With her emphasis on showcasing her own glamour and sparking outrage, it’s no surprise that her showbiz work consisted mostly of playing herself in dozens of films and TV series.

Her rise to fame coincided with the spurt of talk shows that filled the airwaves during the early days of TV. The early ‘50s created other talk show and game show celebrities, but few parlayed that fame much beyond the 1950s. Gabor’s attitude -” I deserve attention not because of any talent, but just because of who I am” — was an early example of a phenomenon that has ballooned in the past decade, as tabloids put reality-TV figures on their covers and blogs cover them incessantly.
While Eva Gabor eventually landed a role with which the public could identify her — as Lisa Douglas on the 1960s sitcom Green Acres — Zsa Zsa was simply “famous for being famous,” as someone quipped decades ago.
Many of Gabor’s most well-known ripostes came at her own expense and highlighted her predilection for marrying wealthy men. Some of the most notable were “I want a man who’s kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?”; “A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished”; “Getting divorced just because you don’t love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do”; and, after describing herself as a great housekeeper, she added, “Every time I divorce a man, I keep the house.”
She had a daughter, Francesca, during her 1942-46 marriage to Conrad Hilton, though Hilton reportedly believed Francesca was not his biological daughter, and the millionaire left her just $US100,000 in his will. After spending much of her life contesting Hilton’s will, Francesca Hilton died destitute on Jan. 6, 2015. Gabor, meanwhile, was the great-great aunt of Paris Hilton.
Her 1989 run-in with a Beverly Hills police officer, whom she famously slapped during a traffic stop, was explored in 1991 documentary The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor, and mocked, frequently by a willing Gabor herself, in movies from Naked Gun 212 to A Very Brady Sequel and series including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Gabor was also said to have indirectly lost millions to swindler Bernie Madoff.
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Cocktail Nation Best Of The Best Product Releases 2016

As the year grinds to a halt we check out the best releases of the year!

Tiki Joes Ocean-Angels We Have Heard On High

Tiki Joes Ocean-Dance Of The Sugar Plum Ferry


James Spencer-Les Baxter interview
Les Baxter -Quiet Village

Alex Kashkin-Bond The Spy


The Classics interview
Ixtahuele-At Sea

The Sharps-Caravan
Ford Interview
Elvis and Buble-Fever

Codename Carter-Time Bomb
Mai Kai Interview
Out of Abingdon -Django

Roland Remington-Baia
Dirk Daquiri Interview
Diana Dors Let There Be Love
James Spencer Ulitimate Martini Interview
Seduction-Bill Irwin Group

Bernard Fox, Who Played Dr. Bombay on ‘Bewitched,’ Dies at 89

The Welshman also was known for his role on ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ and he appeared in two Titanic films released 39 years apart.



Bernard Fox, the character actor with a European flair who is perhaps best known for playing the womanizing witch doctor Dr. Bombay on the ABC series Bewitched, died Wednesday. He was 89.

The Welshman, who portrayed the bumbling Colonel Crittendon on another popular 1960s sitcom, CBS’ Hogan’s Heroes, died of heart failure at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., publicist Harlan Boll announced.

Fox appeared in an uncredited role in A Night to Remember (1958), about the Titanic disaster, and then played Colonel Archibald Gracie IV in James Cameron’s 1997 film about the doomed ocean liner. In the first one, his character delivered the line, “Iceberg dead ahead, sir!,” from the ship’s crow’s nest.

Fox voiced the Chairman in the Disney animated features The Rescuers (1977) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990) and portrayed retired Air Force pilot Winston Havelock in The Mummy (1999).

His film résumé also includes Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), The Private Eyes (1980) and Yellowbeard (1983). He specialized in playing upper-crust characters.

Fox appeared as Dr. Bombay on 19 episodes of Bewitched, which ran from 1966-72, and then reprised the role on the 1977 sequel Tabitha, in 1999 on the soap opera Passions and on a 1989 episode of Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

In a 1998 interview, Fox said he drew inspiration for Dr. Bombay from a man he served with in the Royal Navy during World War II.

“He was the officer in charge of the camp that we were in, and it was an all-male camp, and one evening, I was on duty and we got six Women’s Royal Naval Service arrived to be put up,” he recalled.

“So I went to this officer and said, ‘What shall I do?’ And he said, ‘Oh, I don’t know, give ’em a hot bran mash, some clean straw and bed ’em down for the night.’ And I thought, ‘What a great way to play [Dr. Bombay.]’ And that’s the way I played him, and [the Bewitched writers] just kept writing him back in.

“If I’d just gone for an ordinary doctor, you wouldn’t have heard any more about it. But because I made him such a colorful character, that’s why they wanted him back; he was easy to write for. They came up with the idea of him coming from different parts of the world all the time and in different costumes; that was their idea. The puns, I came up with, and in those days, they let you do that.”

Fox also appeared as English valet Malcolm Meriweather on The Andy Griffith Show and Dr. Watson opposite Stewart Granger as Sherlock Holmes in a 1972 ABC telefilm version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. And he guest-starred on series including The Dick Van Dyke ShowPerry MasonMcHale’s NavyF TroopColumboThe Man From U.N.C.L.E., Knight RiderM*A*S*H and Murder, She Wrote.

He was a fan of magic and illusion and a longtime member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Survivors include his wife Jacqueline, daughter Amanda and grandchildren David-Mitchel and Samantha.

(Story courtesy of Hollywood Reporter)