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Speakeasy

Speakeasy

Ever wish you could watch a talk show where compelling subject matter -- not gossip -- is topic #1? Where defining moments in a career are explored? Where the evolution of a skill is discussed, and a look inside what makes talent tick, drives the conversation? Speakeasy. One singular talent, chatting with that talent's chosen interviewer; whether a journalist, creative partner or friend. The premier season of Speakeasy has begun. Filmed before a live audience on a 1930's-era set located in Manhattan's historic McKittrick Hotel, the look and feel of this 6-part series is soft and intimate. Viewers will have the unique perspective of experiencing a personal, frank conversation. An artist may choose to illustrate a point through his instrument of choice, but Speakeasy is not a performance series. It's all about the conversation. In the first season, renowned artists such as Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is interviewed by journalist Bill Weir, and Chic's Nile Rodgers talks with longtime friend Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson.

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The ZZ Top front man and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee shares stories with WFUV radio host Eric Holland including his role in the formative days of Federal Express. The episode was taped just days before the release of his sophomore solo album, The Big Bad Blues. Filmed at the Iridium in New York City.

Carlos Santana, the ten-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist and composer, meets with social activist and "King of Calypso" Harry Belafonte. Together, they discuss much debated social issues, spirituality and alternatives to the culture of fear inherent in today's media.

Cyndi Lauper, the Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winning singer and social activist, sits down with Tony and Emmy Award winner Billy Porter, star of the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," to discuss how not only music, but how "Kinky Boots" has changed their lives and the importance of self-acceptance. The pair met when Lauper was writing the music and lyrics to the musical and formed a great friendship. In 2013 Kinky Boots was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and took home six, including the coveted Award for Best Musical.

David Crosby is best known as the founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He is a two-time inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who has five albums to which he's contributed, included in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of all time. Crosby takes the stage opposite Wynton Marsalis; the nine-time Grammy award winning jazz trumpet virtuoso who's "Blood on the Fields" was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Frankie Valli, best known as the front man of The Four Seasons, sits down with legendary musical director/bandleader Paul Shaffer. Over the course of his career, Valli has scored 29 Top 40 hits with The Four Seasons, one Top 40 hit under The Four Seasons' alias 'The Wonder Who?,' and nine Top 40 hits as a solo artist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 as a member of The Four Seasons and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.

Best known as the lead vocalist, bassist and keyboard player for the band Rush, Geddy Lee spends his time on Speakeasy talking with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. The two discuss Lee's perspective on growing up Jewish in an assimilated world, as well the evolution of his band mates' relationships that have seen catastrophic loss and the growth of a brotherhood that has sustained more than four-decades. The son of Polish Holocaust survivors, Lee also talks openly about how he has maintained his singular singing voice over his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career.

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