Cocktail Nation 346 Euro Spy Special The Ipcress File

This week on the show we talk euro spy movies and tv with Kramer and we explore the question of whether  or not vintage clothing  may or may not be cursed, we have the world of swank gig guide back with more great parties to attend, plus some more great new music for your pad.

Jetset Unlimited Man From UNCLE
Tiki Lounge Crew -Mambo Twango
John Barry -Ipcress File
Jamees Morrison – My Beautiful
Gene Rains- Soshu Night Serenade
Beegie Adair- Summer Wind
Barbara Levy Daniels -Where Or When
Bert Kaemphert  Berts Bossa Nova
Wynton Marsalis Loose Duck
Martin Denny -The Enchanted Sea
Dave Bruebeck -Cable Car
HB Radke Martinis and Pearls
Stan Getz -The Look Of Love
Henry Mancini- Days of Wine and Roses


Cocktail Nation 345 The Detective

This week on the show its time for some classic comedy and we head to the Cocktail Nation vault to enjoy some comedy from Don Adams, we’ll talk swank advice and we lost a couple of big stars this week, so more on their life this week as we broadcast from up high in the Sydney Penthouse along with a first look at the new Man From U.NC.L.E movie

Gene Rains -Caravan 
Beegie Adair -The Way You Look Tonight
Julie Lyon Quartet -Too Darn Hot
Beverly Kenney- Undecided
Ray Conniff- Blue Moon
David Carbonara -Aqua De Beber
Project Pimento -Something Stupid
Ray Anthony- Dragnet
Marlene Ver Planck-   I Love the Way You Dance
Quincy Jones-Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Pink Martini City Of Night
Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet -He Was The Cat
Cocktail Inn -The Way You Look Tonight 
Plas Johnson Pink Panther Theme
Kenny Sasaki -Fly Me To The Moon


Cocktail Nation 344 Pan AM Building

This week we Mid Mod protector and savior Kalev Savi who is back on the show talking about ensuring continued existence of the Pan AM Building to get it landmark status.
We talk shoes and a new project I am working on that you might like to partake in.

Ellen La Fern-Girl Talk
Uptown Jazz Quartet-Bossa Nova Eyes
Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon
Tony Bennet This Can’t Be Love
James Spencer It’s So Good To Want You Bad
Martini Kings Killer Joe
Tiki Lounge Crew- Martini Nova
Bobby Darin Days Of Wine and Roses
Audrey Morris – Guess Who I Saw Today
Charlie Haden Quartet Angel Face

Bob  Thompson Playboy
Chet Baker I’m Glad There Is You
Tom Graff-Samba 60
Calvin Keyes-Can’t Get Started

Cocktail Nation 343 Life From Behind The Camera With Bill Ray

This week we talk to former life magazine, Bill Ray who captured some of the most important actors, musicians, and scientists of his generation on film.
News on a big star who is on tour in Australia and how sure do you feel your job will still be in existence in ten, twenty, thirty years, the results might surprise you.

David Carbonara-Bossa DeJour Mantovani

Project Pimento -Shot In The Dark

Virginia Schenck Midnight Sun

Enoch Light -Autumn In New York

Eydie Gorme- Frenesi

Joe Ferrara The Big Hurt

Arthur Lyman Group-Voodoo Dreams

Julie Lyon Quintet-Love For Sale

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet DC Farewell

Helen Merril- What’s New

Mancini -Breakfast At Tiffanys


Swank Advice-Shoes, The Heart and Sole Of Swankness


A lot of men don’t pay much attention to their shoes but I am here to tell you that they reveal whether he takes pride in the little things. If he throws on a nice suit and pairs it with cheap, clunky lace-ups, he’s not what you’d call a detail man. And if he leaves his pricey wingtips scuffed and unpolished then these are clear signs his personal life is probably just as messy.

There are numerous styles of shoes out there, but what’s great about being a man is that you can do perfectly well by sticking with just a few. You don’t need to maintain some Carrie Bradshaw–esque obsession about the latest and coolest. If you invest in a handful of sensible (and stylish) pairs and take care of them, you’ll be set for years. You just need to take that first step.

As I was growing up my two male role models, my Father and Grandfather were obsessive about their shoes. My Father would polish his shoes every morning for about ten minutes, his shoes were always placed carefully on a rack in his closet and not just thrown into the corner. My Grandfather was much the same. Open his closet and you could smell the leather and shoe polish. Neither men would throw out a pair of shoes until they were completely warn out. Very often the shoes would be taken to a cobbler and come back refurbished and repaired.

I have carried this knowledge with me into adulthood and here are a few things I would like to share with you about the all important shoe.

1) A man needs only a few pairs of shoes.
I choose to have three pairs of black shoes.One pair is for everyday wear, another for dressing up and going out and the third pair is patent leather to be worn with a tux. I have one pair of brown shoes for casual wear with lightly colored trousers and Aloha shirts.

2) Regularly Polish Your Shoes.
You’ll make them look great and you will help preserve your expensive shoes.
I love the ritual: the careful laying out of newspaper, and the round tin of Kiwi polish with the built-in wing-nut-shaped turn-key opener—a damned near perfect piece of industrial design. After enough applications, the old T-shirt that I use becomes a work of art in its own right, a poor man’s Matisse. And my dad’s horsehair brush (with the Good Housekeeping Seal branded into its hardwood handle) is the very same one he taught me with. First, I brush the shoe well, cleaning it of any dust or dirt. With the rag wrapped tightly around my first two fingers, I apply the polish in small, tight swirls. By the time I’m through applying wax to the second shoe, the first will be dry and ready to brush, and that’s all I do.

3) What you’ll need to care for your shoes
A. One tin of black wax polish and one tin of neutral. The black for your black leather dress shoes (obviously). And the neutral for your brown—because you essentially want to moisturize the leather, not color it.
B. An old T-shirt or towel will do the trick for applying wax. But if you buff your shoes post-brushing, invest in a nice soft chamois.
C. Don’t skimp on the brush—you want a wood handle and horsehair bristles. And for when you’re running out the door and just don’t have time for a full polish, keep an instant-wax sponge in your kit for a quick touch-up.

4) Kill a Tree, Save Your Shoes

Yes, if you want your shoes to last, you need shoe trees. Ones made from cedar. They’ll preserve the shape of your shoes, prevent them from developing deep creases, absorb moisture, and even make them smell better. They’re a no-brainer.

Article by Koop Kooper

Cocktail Nation 342 Jetset Unlimited NEW


This week we kick off a swank 2015 with Steve Greaves from the SG sound who has a new project and its called Jetset Unlimited.
We’ll take a look at the world of swank and a few happenings while I have been on vacation including the loss of some big names and some names you might not have heard of before.

David Carbonara-Don The Man
Ricki Derek-Sunny
Jetset Unlimited Man From Uncle
Bill Evans -Beautiful Love
Combustible Edison- Lonelyville
Project Pimento-Fever
Ann Richards-An Occasional Man
Marlene Ver Planck -The Way You Look Tonight
Tiki Lounge Crew-Martini Sunset
Beegie Adair-In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Billy May-Mission Impossible
Esquivel-I Get A Kick Out Of You
Laurindo Almeida-The Look Of Love
Judi Silvano-You Don’t Know What Live Is
James Morrison The Play Off