CocktaiL Nation: EVENINGS AT THE PENTHOUSE

Cocktails At the Ski Chalet

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Join Koop Kooper and me on the ski slopes of Europe with this winter lounge music show for Evenings At the Penthouse. Just click the  Listen button. 

Candlelit Christmas Cocktails

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Join Koop Kooper and me at the Sydney Penthouse for our 2019, Candlelit Christmas Special. You'll find me at the piano tinkling the ivories. 

Stormy

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Escape the cold winter storm with another choice episode of Evenings At the Penthouse as programmed by James Spencer. Just click the Listen button. 

Dancin' Dames and Dandies

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HAPPY 2020: For the first Evening At the Penthouse of the New Decade, we will dance ourselves in with glasses of champagne in hand.  Just click the listen button below to join us for the New Year's Festivities at the Penthouse.  Cheers. 

BACK TO BACHARACH

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In 1995 I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite composers: Burt Bacharach.  Join us at the Penthouse tonight for our Burt Bacharach special.  You'll find me at the piano playing through some of my favorite Burt Bacharach and Hal David tunes.  Do you have "The Look of Love"?

2020 VISION

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The EYES have it.   Come join us at the Penthouse tonight for 2020 Vision.   All songs will have "eyes" in the title. To listen just click the button below.  I will be at the piano.  Just look for the devastatingly handsome gent with the jade green designer Paul Smith eyewear.  HAPPY 2020 hipsters!

Love on the Rocks

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"When Love Goes Wrong Nothing Goes Right." Join Lounge Lethario Koop Kooper in the latest Evening at the Penthouse program.  Programmed by James Spencer and Koop.  Love on the Rocks. Pour me another martini. 

Hugs and Kisses

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Our  1/20/2020 special show is a tribute to the Cocktail Nation family.  We are sending you hugs and kisses for all your support and patronage of the show.  Koop and I would like to thank you for helping to keep classic lounge music alive. We'll see you at the penthouse.   Just click listen. Love Jimmy Jazz. 

A Piano Cocktail Party

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse radio show (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this gorgeous show of the choicest jazz and easy-listening pop pianists from around the globe. Cheers you'll find me serenading you at the Steinway. 

Cocktails and a Broadway Show

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse radio show (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this show dedicated to Broadway of old. So sip a Manhattan and join us at the Penthouse. 

Sweet As Honey

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse radio show (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this sweet and easy show inspired by honey.  See who's buzzin' at the Penthouse. 

The Gentlemen's Club

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation; Evenings At the Penthouse radio show (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this swanky Gentlemen's Club show. There is a strict dress code so wear a tux or white dinner jacket. 

I'm Old-Fashioned

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse radio show (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this nostalgic show dedicated to my Vintage Vegans world wide. I will be sipping apricot tea with hot a plate of hot scones in my posh Victorian salon. 

Starlit Cocktails

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse radio show (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this romantic, relaxing starry-eyed show. I will be tinkling the ivories tonight. Just look for the devastatingly handsome gent in the white dinner jacket at the Steinway. 

Cocktails at Mercer Manor

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse  radio show (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this elegant show dedicated to songwriter Johnny Mercer.  James Spencer lived in Mercer's hometown of Savannah, Georgia. So settle down on your porch swing with a mint julep and have a listen. Cheers. 

Wine and Roses

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this romantic and elegant show dedicated to wine and roses. Actually, I'm not a drinker, but love to surround my home in lush frangrant bouquets of roses. Look for me in my Victorian English rose garden sipping tea and enjoying some hot vegan scones with lemon curd. 

I Got Her Number

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this sexy show from lounge lothario, Koop's little black book. This Gentleman Prefers Blonde!

The Lounge Lothario's Little Black Book

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this sexy show and fine the names of all those gorgeous dames Koop has collected.  

Cocktail on Emerald Isle

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the listen button to stream this sensual exotica, tiki island tinged show, you'll  find me skinny dipping in the Emerald lagoon. 

Sunshine Cocktails

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia).Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this summer sunshine show. You'll find me sunbathing on the terrace of the Penthouse perfecting my tropical bronze tan. 

Copacabana Cocktail

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Koper, just click the Listen button to stream this tropical  sexy beach side show. This is dedicated to those devastatingly handsome Brazilian gents from my past.  This one is especially for you Guillerme. 

Sleepy Time Down South

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this elegant Southern gentile show.  This shows goes out to all my Vintage Vegans in Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. This show also goes out to all my fans that used to see me at Ye Olde Pink, and Chaucer's. I also want to dedicate this show to memory of my good friend THE DOLL, Lady Chablis.. we miss you dearly "but like my Mama, always said two tears in a bucket,  Mother f*** It"

Blue Champagne

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this bluesy libations show. Join Koop and Jimmy Jazz on the terrace for a glass of blue champagne. I'll be wearing my vintage 1957 blue Yves Saint-Laurent dinner jacket. Cheers hipsters. 

Garden Cocktails

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia).Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this springtime show dedicated to my love of Victorian English gardens.  Feel free to sip a Mimosa, or chilled Moscato or if you are non drinker like me maybe enjoy a chilled iced tea with fresh mint to go with those black currant scones with lemon curd. 

Cocktails By the Sea Podcast

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James Spencer programs for the Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this breezy sea side show.  I'm currently dining by candlelight on my ocean front terrace looking over Long Beach, harbor. Enjoying some vegan Mexican cuisine and a Cadillac margarita on the rocks. This show goes out to sexy Pisces merman Jett, and my mermaid goddess soul sister Sheri. 

Cocktail On A Cloud

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James Spencer programs for the Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this easy-listening jet set show.  This show is honor of all those brilliant, cocky Aquarians out there including: moi, my niece Marina, and my good friends Dale, Jimmy and Billy. 

New Yorker Penthouse Party

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this sophisticated New York Penthouse themed show.  You'll find me at my Manhattan penthouse with the likes of Bobby Short, Cole Porter, and Liza Minnelli. I will be at the 1941 Steinway concert grand playing Vernon Duke's "Autumn in New York" 

Gentlemen Marry Brunnettes

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James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this elegant show dedicated to all the beautiful brunnettes out there.  I want to especially dedicate this show to my forever gorgeous mother Dolores Berea Spencer. My parents are celebrating 62 years of marriage this year!  Love you mom! 

The Undiscovered Les Baxter

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In honor of James Spencer's 2nd edition international book release bio Les Baxter Companion is this show of some rare Baxter cuts. James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia), Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this show dedicated to Les, the Father of Exotica and Space Age Bachelor Pad Music. And be sure to pick up my bio on Amazon. 

The Wonderful World of MPS

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James Spencer is interviewed by Koop Kooper for the Cocktail Nation: Twilight Show (Sydney, Australia) about the German MPS label and their easy-listening jazz artists. So we are off tonight to Bavaria. Dress warm and join us at the 60s Mod Chalet for a hot toddy by the fire. This show is dedicated to the memory of my good friend Gene Puerling of the celebrated vocal groups: The Hi-los, and Singers Unlimited.  James Spencer also programmed all the music for tonight's show. 

Jewels of Jazz

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In honor of James Spencer's book Jewels of Jazz: The Undiscovered Jazz Singers of the 1950s-1960s (Note: Later included in its entirety in The Lounge Music Companion), James Spencer programs for the Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to hear this show featuring some of the choicest undiscovered  jazz vocalists of the 1950s-1960s.

Jackie Gleason Special

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In Honor of James Spencer's book release Jackie Glesaon's Music, James Spencer programs this Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia) special. Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the the Listen button to stream this Jackie Gleason special, for lovers only!  And Awaaaaaay We Goooooo!

Auburns On Fire!

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James Spencer programs the show Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia), Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this show dedicated to the sexy auburn vixens. This show is dedicated to two of my most talented vocal student alumnae, Hayley Cassity Smith and Elaine Hayhurst. I would also like to dedicate this show to my High School amies, Kari Trydahl (Care Bear) and Jennifer Barnicoat (Jen Jen)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes!

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Anyone who knows me knows I'm blonde obsessed! Maybe this is because my grandmother Billie, and my 3 sisters, Mary, Anne, and Elizabeth are gorgeous blondes. Or probably more importantly my husband-soul mate (RIP) was a devastatingly  handsome Blonde. James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper just click the Listen button to stream this show featuring only blonde singers from the 1950s-1960s.  My favorite JULIE LONDON!   This show is dedicated to the memory of my husband William Whiteley. 

Exotic Ports of Call

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James Spencer programs this Exotica Tiki Lounge show for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this lush escapist show. So grab your Mai Tai or Pina Colada and join us at the Tiki Bar. Mahalo. 

Spring Bouquet

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The fragrance of lush flowers always reminds me of my old home in Savannah, Georgia. The fragrance of tea roses, star jasmine, and honeysuckle in the air.  James Spencer programs for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this dreamy, and fragrant floral show. You'll find me sipping a mint julep among my tea roses in the garden. 

Soundscape: Orchestral Bliss Vol. 2

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In honor of James Spencer's  book release Soundscape: The Space Age Bachelor Pad Music Companion (later included in the Lounge Music Companion) James programs tonights Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse Show (Sydney, Australia). Join our captain host Koop Kooper as we blast off for cocktails on the moon and beyond. This show is dedicated to my dad, Charles Spencer who headed up the Delta Space Launch program for McDonnell Douglas. This show is also dedicated to my brother Peter, who loves everything Sci Fi.  You'll find me in the Love Shack with Logan 5.  RENEW!

Soundscape (Interview)

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Koop Kooper interviews James Spencer about his book Soundscape: The Space Age Bachelor Pad Music Companion (Later included in Lounge Music Companion). Just click to the Listen button to stream Cocktail Nation episode 486. 

Soundscape: Orchestral Bliss Vol. 1

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In honor of James Spencer's book Soundscape: The Space Age Bachelor Pad Music Companion (later included in Lounge Music Companion) James programs tonight show for Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse.  (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this space age show. The rocket is blasting off soon...see you on Mars. 

Windy!

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For all my favorite air signs (Gemini, Libras and Aquarius) I programmed a windswept show for Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia). Hosted by Koop Kooper, just click the Listen button to stream this breezy cool episode. Make sure you use a can of Aqua Net to get that coif or pompadour perfect. The higher the boufant and pompadour ...the closer to God!

Midnight Rendezvous at the Bachelor Pad

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James Spencer drops by the Penthouse to program a sexy midnight rendezvous show.  Join host Koop Kooper by clicking the Listen button to stream the latest Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse program. I'm off for midnight rendezvous of my own with German identical twins named Dieter and Dietrich.  Auf Wiedersehen!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Blonde Ambitions

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In the 1950s, gorgeous blonde bombshells like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, Doris Day, and Jane Mansfield come to mind but you'll find me on the terrace surrounded by those beefy men of perfection: Tab Hunter, Ken Clark, Chuck Connors, and Aldo Ray.  I indeed have blonde ambitions, and programmed this Gentlemen Prefer Blondes show for Koop Kooper's  Cocktail Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse. Oooh got a run, Chuck Connors (The Rifleman) wants to show me his big gun! 

The Cocktail Piano Companion Vol. 2

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In honor of James Spencer's book release the Cocktail Piano Companion (later included in the Lounge Music Companion), James programs tonight's Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse special. Join host Koop Kooper by just clicking the Listen link below to stream the choicest cocktail piano artists from around the world. I'm also performing a track tonight from the album Noir.

Liberty Label Artists

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James Spencer programs the Cocktail Piano Nation: Evenings At the Penthouse show featuring artists from the Liberty Records label. Join host Koop Kooper by clicking the Listen button to stream the choicest artists starting with Lady Liberty: JULIE LONDON! 

Cocktail Piano Companion (Interview)

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Cocktail Nation show 476 features Koop Kooper interviewing James Spencer about his new book The Cocktail Piano Companion (later included in the Lounge Music Companion). Be sure to pick up your copy of the Lounge Music Companion, at Amazon or book sellers near you. Just click the Listen button below to stream the show. 

Jewels of Jazz

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In Cocktail Nation episode  472, James Spencer chats with host Koop Kooper about his book Jewels of Jazz: The Undiscovered Vocal Gems of the 1950s-1960s (Later the 2018 the book was discontinued  but included now its entirety in the book Lounge Music Companion). Just click the Listen link to hear the interview and program. 

Easy Living

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James Spencer creates a relaxing  "easy living" theme for this evenings' Evenings at the Penthouse show. Join handsome lounge lothario host Koop Kooper and stream by clicking the Listen button below. Come join the bon vivants!  Bon soir mes amis. 

Rainy Night at the Penthouse

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This evening as I listen to the soothing rain storm over my Long Beach harbor home,  I programmed this rainy night theme for tonight's episode of Evenings at the Penthouse. Have a listen by clicking the Listen button below. The swank set is enjoying  hot toddy by the roaring fireplace.  I will be tinkling the ivories. Koop is off chasing some fem bot. Koop Kooper's Cocktail Nation podcast.

Tinkling Cocktail Piano

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Join us at Evenings at the Penthouse tonight for an all cocktail piano show. I will be serenading you at the piano, while devastatingly handsome Sydney penthouse host Koop Kooper will be mixing the cocktails. Just click the Listen button. Taking requests. just leave a tip in the large brandy glass on my Hamburg  Steinway. I do not have change for a $100. 

Bobby Troup

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Married to the devastatingly gorgeous Julie London tonight we join my good friend Bobby at the piano for some cool West Coast jazz with a lemon twist. James Spencer aka Jimmy Jazz programmed the Evenings at the Penthouse show tonight. Koop is mixing the martinis, make mine a black Russian on the rocks.  Just click Listen. (podcast)

EXOTICA

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While I relax in my blue Hawaiian shirt.I sip a Mai Tai at Don The Beachcomber's in Huntington Beach, California as we are off on a Tiki inspired Exotica show. Join us at Evenings at the Penthouse as I sweep you off to Hawaii and the South Pacific Islands. Aloha. Just click the Listen button to stream. Koop Kooper's Cocktail Nation podcast.

Roger Williams

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Join us for pianist Roger Williams special as programmed by concert pianist James Spencer for Koop Kooper's Cocktail Nation: Evenings at the Penthouse. Just click listen to stream. 

Cocktail Piano Hour (Interview)

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In episode 451 of Cocktail Nation, host Koop Kooper interviews James Spencer about his book The Cocktail Piano Hour Companion (Note: This book is discontinued but included in full in the book The Lounge Music Companion). Click Listen to stream. 

Lonely Penthouse

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The life of an entrepreneur can sometimes be lonely, it can be hard for geniuses to find a suitable romantic partner that can match their high IQ, level of sophistication and imagination in the bedroom. Tonight's melancholy show goes out to all the lonely people. We love you, so stop by the penthouse Especially if you are the beefy Tab Hunter or Ken Clark type.  But we love to meet new hipsters.  Streaming Evenings At the Penthouse by clicking LISTEN ! 

DAMES

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A Bacehlor's Pad is not complete without the choicest dames from the little black book. Tonight James Spencer presents some of the rarest cuts of more obscure female jazz vocalists from the 1950s-1960s. Join Koop Kooper as he pours the martinis at Evenings at the Penthouse.  Click Listen to stream. 

Voices in Velvet

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As a lyric baritone myself, I wanted to program a special Evenings at the Penthouse program featuring some of the choicest vocal ensemble blends of the 1950s-1960s.  So hum or sing along and join the swanky chorus of retro-chic. We'll let Koop mix the cocktails as he is tone death but plays a sexy mean bongo.  Click Listen to stream. (podcast)

LES BAXTER 101

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James Spencer discuses his book Les Baxter Companion with Koop Kooper and his friendship with Les. Join us at the Penthouse tonight. Click listen to stream.

MPS LABEL (Interview with James Spencer)

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James drops by the Cocktail Nation to discuss the Bavarian easy-listening label  MPS with Koop. Join us at the mod chalet for some coffee and streudel before we hit the slopes. 

NIGHTFALL (Inteview about James Spencer's digital album)

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In Cocktail Nation episode 322 James Spencer discusses his new album Nightfall (currently out of print but now included on the 2018 double album release Noir) Just click the Listen button to stream. 

AL VIOLA (James discusses his friendship and professional collaboration with guitar legend Al Viola)

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James discusses the career of guitar legend Al Viola. Join us by clicking the Listen button.  Cocktail Nation episode 303.

JULIE LONDON (Interview with James Spencer)

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Cocktail Nation episode 296,  James discusses his book Lady Liberty: The Julie London Handbook (no longer in print)  click Listen. 

Up in Smoke

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As Southern California and Australia cough through a dangerous fire season, I thought it would be tres amusant to program for Koop an Up in Smoke theme for tonight's  Evenings at the  Penthouse. Personally I find smoking a disgusting habit and refuse to sing in smokey clubs, that is how I maintain my smooth velvety bass-baritone voice. (podcast) Koop Kooper's Cocktail Nation.

Cocktail Nation: Evenings At The PEnthouse

Koop Kooper

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Based out of Sydney, Australia, Koop Kooper is an internationally recognized  voiceover artist and the founder and host of  Cocktail Nation, a retro-lounge music radio show broadcasted to over 60 radio stations around the globe. The show offers interviews with leading figures in the retro scene,  announcements of concerts/festivals, tips on retro fashion/decor and the choicest music programming.

James Spencer

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James Spencer is an internationally recognized musicologist and cocktail pianist-recording artist. James is currently a featured music programmer for the Evenings At the Penthouse, mid-week shows for Koop Kooper's Cocktail Nation.