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  • Episode 292: DJ Ashton Martin TALKS Brand Building, Sporting KC & Previews Tacos & Tequila Festival

    27 MAY 2024 · It is a pleasure to welcome DJ Ashton Martin, one of my longtime friends, back to the Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar platform and, for the first time, to the podcast.  Ashton differs from your average DJ in his ability to turn each performance into an epic party. Having grown up in the industry and began his music education at a young age, Ashton captures crowds with an immense music repertoire and high-voltage performances. Quickly mixing effortlessly between musical genres has become a trademark quality, a rare skill set that guarantees crowd excitement.  DJ Ashton Martin has residencies at Kansas City attractions such as Aura, the Fall, Fontaine Hotel, the Scarlet Room, Society, Westport Ale House, and Woodside Pool.  He also had sets at DNVR and the Tivoli in Denver, the McFadden’s Social House in Phoenix, and the Crown Room in St. Louis. Ashton has been the official DJ for Sporting KC since 2019 and was the official DJ of the Kansas City Royals from the 2021 to 2023 seasons. He also performed for various charitable organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Hope House, the Kansas City Art Institute, and Operation Breakthrough.  The Kansas City community awarded Ashton for all his efforts as he was voted the Best of KC Club/Party DJ four times by The Pitch Kansas City from 2013 and 2018 through 2020. Kansas City Magazine was declared Best of KC in 2013, 2020, and 2021.  Ashton entertained the College World Series from 2017 to 2022 and performed at several New York City Fashion Week events. He also opened for 98 Degrees, DJ Pauly D, Jack Harlow, and Tory Lanez. Since 2021, he has been involved in the Tacos and Tequila Festival, where he shared the stage with Ludacris, Mario, T.I., and the Ying Yang Twins. On this episode of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, DJ Ashton Martin spoke about DJing at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium when Sporting KC took on Lionel Messi and Inter Miami and previewed the 2024 Tacos and Tequila Festival.  Let's connect on social media! You can find me on: A) Facebook: B) Instagram: C) Threads: D) TikTok: E) Twitter: F) YouTube:
    29m 31s
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    Episode #291: Rick Stasi TALKS Storytelling, DC Comics & Tiny Toons

    23 MAY 2024 · It is an honor and privilege to welcome author and illustrator Rick Stasi to The Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.  Rick and I first met at the first Planet Comicon Kansas City in 1999 at the defunct Overland Park International Trade Center, and every time I attend the convention, his booth is one of my first stops. He has credits with DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Charlton Comics, and NOW Comics (The Twilight Zone). Rick also worked on projects for Disney, Warner Bros. (Looney Toons and Tiny Toons), and Lucasfilm (Star Wars).  Not only is Rick a prolific creator, but he is also a dedicated educator. For over 20 years, he has been sharing his knowledge and passion for comics, sequential art, and storyboarding as an instructor with the Shawnee Mission School District, the Westport School of Art, and the Kansas City Art Institute. Currently, he provides individual instruction and career counseling, demonstrating his commitment to nurturing the next generation of artists. In addition, Rick has excelled in the corporate world, serving as a creative director, graphic designer, and marketer.  Outside of the comic world, Rick has explored various creative avenues. He authored Funny You Should Ask: Musings and Verse for Better Or…Poetry, Essays, and Lyrics, a collection that showcases his diverse writing skills. He also released an audio collection: Talking to Myself (To You!), a 60-plus track double album that demonstrates his versatility as a performer. Rick has taken his spoken word selections to live events and even to the airwaves of KKFI 90.FM Kansas City Community Radio.  His talents extend to voice acting, with his most notable role being the narrator for Wounded Warriors, a B2B veterans film focusing on mental health.  On this episode of The Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Rick Stasi spoke about working at DC Comics, Warner Bros, and Disney. He also previewed his final book, Letters From the Exodus: The Definitive Anthology of Poetry, Musings, Songs and Scripts. 
    40m 19s
  • Episode #290: Nina Bergman TALKS Late Night TV & 'Cold Meat'

    20 MAY 2024 · It is a privilege to welcome actress, singer-songwriter, and model Nina Bergman to The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.  Born in Denmark, Nina is the granddaughter of Russia’s most outstanding actor, Pavel Kadochnikov. She spent her early childhood traveling around Europe with her Russian Gypsy grandparents. At 14, she received a scholarship to the musical theatre Urdang Academy in London. A year later, Nina was in Moscow attending the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre. From there, she moved to New York City and was accepted at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. At that time, Nina got her first agent and began booking various jobs in commercials, films, modeling, and plays. She also started singing in underground bands.  Being an adrenaline junkie, she found herself making extra money as an amateur boxer, which later helped her book films, including Universal Pictures’ The Car and the DOOM movie franchise. Her other work includes the starring role of Marie in Hell Hath No Fury, a Jesse V Johnson movie, playing a French resistance fighter, and she played the lead role of GG, who was based on a 90s goth singer in the film Carpe Noctem, which Gene Blalock directed.  Nina Bergman’s performance in Assassin X earned her Honorable Mention Award for Best Actress from the AOF International Film Festival for her role as the notorious Trinidad. She starred as Wonder Woman, directed by Jesse V Johnson, which stars Timothy V Murphy and Marina Sirtis. She also played a cold-hearted killer in The Wayshower with Peter Stormare and Eric Roberts and starred in Know New Art, a Newport Beach Film Festival project by the Freise Brothers and Biscuit Filmworks.  Nina also starred alongside David Arquette, Jesse Metcalfe, John Malkovich, and Vivica A. Fox. She has also been featured in numerous skits on late-night shows, including The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Nina also hosted various E! Entertainment and Fuse shows and was a Trophy Presenter at The Grammy Awards.  She also worked on soundtracks for Lionsgate Films, singing the theme songs for Catacombs, Repo the Genetic Opera, and Sharknado. She sang the end title song in Black Limousine and the voice on the soundtrack for All About Her. Additionally, she performed live for the World Series and the NCAA College Football Season.  On this episode of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Nina Bergman discussed working on three late-night talk shows: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. She also discussed her latest film, Cold Meat. 
    23m 25s
  • CGT 2024 Special #3: Natalie Rogers Talks 'CGT' Journey & Previews Million Dollar Finale

    13 MAY 2024 · The Canada’s Got Talent (CGT) finale is tomorrow!   Eight acts will compete for the $1 million prize. Singer Natalie Morris is one of the acts competing for the $1 million prize. The Toronto Maple Leafs anthem singer blew the audience and the CGT judges (Howie Mandel, Trish Stratus, Kardinal Offishall, and Lilly Singh) away with her powerful cover of Brandi Carlilie’s “The Joke.”  Her performance received four yeses.  Natalie was one of 14 performers invited back to compete for a spot in the show’s first elimination round. She delivered a poignant cover of Beyonce’s “I Was Here” that resonated with the Canadian audience. Her performance was not just a success but a life-changing moment when the judges awarded her the Group Golden Buzzer. This Golden Buzzer secured her a spot in the million-dollar season finale and a generous $25,000, courtesy of CIBC.  In this special CGT edition of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Natalie Morris discussed her journey through the Canadian talent competition and previews her finale performance.  Canada’s Got Talent airs on CityTV. 
    10m 28s
  • Episode #289: Jeffrey James TALKS Songwriting & Working in Nashville

    11 MAY 2024 · It is a pleasure to welcome singer-songwriter Jeffrey James to The Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.  Jeffrey is a Nashville-based musician known for his captivating style and unique sound.  He released several singles, including the UK Top 5 dance track "Breakout" with Dave Audé.  His music has been featured in popular TV shows and films such as All-American, Criminal Minds, iZombie, Jack Ryan, Marry Me, and Shameless.   James has also contributed his songwriting talents to other artists, DJs, and films.   Jeffrey's talent extends beyond performing. As a composer, he has earned acclaim for his work on musicals such as "Chaining Zero" (awarded Best New Musical by Broadway World) and "A Song for What Could Be" (Rhinebeck Writer's Grant recipient). Collaborating with Justin Halpin as Halpin & James, they created the 10-minute musical Graduation Day. Since his debut in 2016, Jeffrey has garnered millions of streams across his repertoire and received praise from industry tastemakers like Billboard and 1883 Magazine.  In this episode of The Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Jeffrey James delved into the process of his music being incorporated into shows like All-American, iZombie, and Shameless. He also shared the inspiration behind several songs, including "With You" (his collaboration with AUGUSTKID), "Love You Need You" (his collaboration with Matstubs), and "Day by Day." 
  • Episode #288: Russ Russo TALKS Prime Video's 'Chaser' & Opening Up an Acting School

    8 MAY 2024 · It is a pleasure to welcome actor Russ Russo to The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.  Russ stands as a luminary in New York City’s vibrant film and television landscape, having cultivated his craft at T Schreiber under the mentorship of the same guiding hand that shaped the talents of Edward Norton. His career is a testament to his versatility and dedication, marked by a rich tapestry of roles that span genres and narratives. From his riveting turn as John, a rebel hostage in NBC’s Revolution, to his portrayal of an enigmatic Eastern European director in Ryan Phillippe’s directorial debut, Catch Hell, Russ’s performances resonate with depth and authenticity.   In the acclaimed 2015 film Act of War by Revolver Entertainment, Russ Russo brought to life the harrowing journey of an Iraq war veteran grappling in the aftermath of PTSD, which earned widespread acclaim and the coveted Best Actor award at New York City’s Take Two Film Festival. His talent shines brightly alongside an ensemble cast of Book of Love, a film that opened the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. With each role, Russ delves deep into the psyche of his characters, infusing them with nuance and humanity. In 2022, Russ starred in the short film Victim No. 6, which garnered him numerous Best Actor nominations from esteemed film festivals worldwide.  In this episode of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, he discussed working with Mark Pellegrino on NBC’s Revolution and appearing in Catch Hell. He also discussed portraying Eddi Sebastian, a video editor who discovers he has the power to re-edit the last 24 hours of his life, in Prime Video’s Chaser. 
  • Episode #287: Todd Tucker TALKS Movie Make-Up Career & 'ROCKBOTTOM'

    6 MAY 2024 · It is a privilege to welcome Todd Tucker to The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.  Todd Tucker, a former rocker in the 1980s, has since established himself as a leading special effects and make-up artist. His impressive portfolio includes contributions to popular TV shows such as The Flash (1990), Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Any Day Now, Charmed, Phil of the Future, That’s So Raven, and Hannah Montana. He has also left his mark on the big screen with his work in films like Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Big Momma’s House, Ali, A Beautiful Mind, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the first two live-action Smurfs films.  Recently, Todd Tucker released ROCKBOTTOM. The film is a rollicking family comedy that chronicles the hilarious misadventures of a failed 1980s hair metal band as they attempt to reunite in the present day for one final electrifying performance. Joining Todd in the cast are Mckaley Miller (The CW’s Hart of Dixie and FOX’s Scream Queens), Toshi Yanagi (Jimmy Kimmel Live), social media sensation Teala Dunn, Jake Bongiovi (in his film debut), and Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!).  In this episode of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Todd Tucker delves into his fascinating journey from rock music to special effects, shares anecdotes from his work on iconic films and TV shows of the 1990s and 2000s, and provides insights into his latest film, ROCKBOTTOM. 
    28m 11s
  • Episode #286: N'Kenge TALKS 'Motown: The Musical,' 'DANDRIDGE' & "Goosebump Moment"

    2 MAY 2024 · It is a privilege to welcome Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-nominated recording artist and actress N’Kenge to The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.  The New York Times praised her as “a classically trained diva that can stretch from Broadway to Pop, Soul and Opera.” N’Kenge trained at the Julliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, has five octave vocal range and can sing in 11 different languages. She made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim. She slayed the game on Broadway, originating the role of Mary Wells in Motown: The Musical, which garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album. Motown founder Berry Gordy described N’Kenge as “the most versatile artist I know.” The New York Post called her performance of Mary Wells “Electrifying.” N’Kenge was also a cast member on Broadway in the revival of the Tony Award-nominated and Olivier Award-winning musical Caroline, Or Change. She portrayed “The Moon,” her first aerial role. The show ran from October 27, 2021, to January 9, 2022, at the legendary Studio 54. As a vocal soloist, N’Kenge performed at world-renowned venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Madison Square Garden. She headlined pop and opera concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony. She also sang for many Presidents and foreign dignitaries, including former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Currently, N’Kenge is immersed in a variety of projects. She is spearheading the Broadway-bound DANDRIDGE, a production that pays tribute to the life and legacy of Dorothy Dandridge. Additionally, she has created and written Forever Summer – a Tribute to Donna Summer. On top of that, she is in the process of developing a new TV musical series called BLACK BUTTERFLY, a project she co-wrote with award-winning writer Mary McCallum and TV producer Gina Goff.   In this edition of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, N’Kenge spoke about being mentored by Berry Gordy and receiving high praise from the late Aretha Franklin. She also talked about bringing DANDRIDGE to life.
    37m 32s
  • Episode #285: Andrew Freund TALKS Memorable Interviews, 'Dish Nation' & NBC News Now

    29 APR 2024 · I am privileged to welcome one of my favorite media colleagues, Andrew Freund, to The Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.  Andrew is a television host and media personality known for his work in the entertainment industry. He can be seen traveling around the world, interviewing actors and show business legends while exploring new destinations. Over his 17+ year career, Andrew has covered every major award show and entertainment news story related to movies, television, and pop culture. Andrew's versatility is evident in his current roles. He graces the nationally syndicated FOX entertainment news program Dish Nation, shares his insights on The Today Show on NBC, and contributes to various NBC News programs, catering to a wide range of industry enthusiasts. His presence is also felt on Scripps News, This Morning on iTV, and his own travel series, Next Stop, on BEONDTV. In this edition of The Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Andrew Freund revealed his most memorable interviews, including his first time meeting Oprah, chatting with Josh Gad on the Orient Express and Jennifer Coolidge at the Sydney Opera House. He also revealed his favorite travel locations and discussed working on Dish Nation and NBC News Now. 
    29m 46s
  • Episode #284: Max Rae TALKS Songwriting & Touring with Blue

    25 APR 2024 · It is a pleasure to welcome singer-songwriter Max Rae to The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.    Max Rae has gone from an undiscovered singer-songwriter to explosively bursting on the scene! The Las Vegas-based Pop/R&B recording artist has been toiling away and releasing music to an undiscovered music world with just 15 songs that have accompanying visuals. She was introduced to Grammy Award-winning producer Keith Thomas, who helped her create her song: “Tattoo.” The track was leaked to US Rhythmic Radio programmers, spreading across the country like wildfire thanks to early airplay at KLZY, KRYC, WCKX, WCPY, WRVZ, and more stations.   Max’s current single, “Metamorphosis,” was released on April 12, and a remix package surrounding her second single: “Keep You Waiting.” CAHILL & DTAG, Tony Moran, and Moto Blanco are the DJs and producers who contributed to the album. After making rounds at London and New York Fashion Weeks, Max Rae will support pop music group Blue on their Greatest Hits Tour. She will perform across the United Kingdom, stopping in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Portsmouth, and Manchester. Max Rae will also be supporting Aston Merrygold on his Houseparty Tour. Fans can expect Max to support the “Precious” performer when his tour stops in Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Manchester, and Belfast, Ireland.   In this edition of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Max Rae spoke about the stories behind her songs and previewed both tours.
    14m 39s

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'Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar' is an extension of Mr. Elyachar's website: 'Jake's Take.' He specializes in covering music, movies, television, comic books, and lifestyle.

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