Jimmy Buffett Okinawa Japan

Stars and Stripes interview with Jimmy Buffett

Stars and Stripes talked with Buffett backstage after a meet-and-greet session with Yokosuka families.

On why he came to play the free shows: We’ve been doing shows around the world for quite a while and it was kind of a unique situation. My friend Caroline Kennedy, when she became [United States ambassador to Japan], she’s kind of a force of nature, so she got out here and she said, “You need to come while I’m here and do this.” And I’d never been to Japan.

Also, I have a lot of great friends in the Navy. You join the Navy and see the world, you can join this band and see the world — and it’s a great thrill to let people see a show that normally wouldn’t be able to get to one.

On seeing Japan: This sparked my interest to come back. I have a little place in Hawaii, and I’ll be in Australia in March. I’d like to come snowboarding [in Japan] and I’d like to see the countryside. There were nice waves in Okinawa … I might go back there. It would be certainly worth coming back.

In the works: I have a travel book — it started about two to three years ago when I went to China. I’m working on that, and hopefully I’ll try to finish that up this year. And then we have the play, the “Margaritaville” musical, which has been an ongoing thing we’ve been working on for six years. It’s actually opening in La Jolla [Calif.] in April. We’ll do it there and then take it on the road, and in about a year we’ll go to Broadway with it. But it’s fun because it’s little more diverse. I should go back and do an album soon — when it comes to me I’ll go. It’s been fun for me to do some other things.

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Interview with Roger Guth

Paul Leslie got a chance to interview drummer and songwriter Roger
Guth. Roger talks about songs from his new instrumental jazz album “Tin Roof” and is joined by Peter Mayer.

Roger and Peter talk about a few of the songs Buffett has recorded that Roger Guth wrote including “Mermaid in the Night” from “Off to the See the Lizard” (1989), “Frenchman for the Night” from “Fruitcakes” (1994), and “Colour of the Sun” from “Songs from St. Somewhere” (2013)

You can listen to the interview at:
http://www.thepaulleslie.com/roger-guth

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Savannah reveals her favorite bohemian escapes

From the New York Post: “Jimmy Buffett’s daughter is a total Miami boho babe

Savannah Buffett grew up hopscotching between New York, Nashville, Aspen, Malibu and St. Barts.

But the daughter of singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett finally laid down roots in palm-fringed Miami, where 10 years ago she bought a charming canal-front bungalow in emerging MiMo, a historic corridor on Biscayne Boulevard.

The once-dilapidated neighborhood, named for its post-World War II Miami Modernist architecture, has undergone a remarkable renaissance in recent years. As an investor in the district’s happening new bar the Anderson, Buffett is part of that revival.

“To see the change has been incredible,” says the 36-year-old creative consultant, DJ and radio personality, who lives with her boyfriend. She gives Alexa the lowdown on her favorite MiMo hot spots.

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Interview with Chef Dante Giannini

Dante Giannini is the head chef and founder of Farm to Fork Chef and is contracted as Jimmy Buffett’s private chef.

I am a classically trained chef. I went to the Culinary Institute of America right out of high school in 2006. I truly believe my most important education came on the job while working in restaurants across the tri-state area.

What inspired me to become a chef was growing up in a tight knit Italian American family where food brought us together. The satisfaction of when someone eats your creation and loves it is really special.

I was found by the Buffett family through a very high end concierge service based in NYC. I had worked for another prominent celebrity before Mr. Buffett, and it’s a very small world.

Mr. Buffett’s favorite entrée and dessert, hmmmm tough question cause he’s a true foodie. If I had to narrow it down it be a simple local fish ceviche with island flavors (it is Jimmy Buffett after all) and dessert would be a well prepared cheesecake.

Most unusual dish I’ve created for him has to be Grouse, which is a game bird that that he foraged himself. He brought it to my kitchen and I stewed it, it was a crisp autumn day.

Ingredients I enjoy using must be local, seasonal and at the peak of freshness, Simple as that!

Other celebs I’ve cooked for include, Madonna, Rebecca Minkoff, David & Lauren Bush Lauren, and some others I cannot name for confidentiality reasons.

Do I have a favorite spot to eat at, also a tough one because living in NY there are so many great options. At the moment I’m loving Toro on the West side of Manhattan.

Do I like Mr. Buffett’s music, of course!! He’s my boss and he’s a legend, his music appeals to all ages. Is it cliché to say my favorite is “Cheeseburger in Paradise”? Haha. I not only listen to his music but I also enjoy his beer from time to time, Landshark.

For more information on Dante Giannini and some recipes visit Farm to Fork Chef

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Buffett at the American Library in Paris

Bonjour Paris has an article on Buffett at the American Library in Paris: “Jimmy Buffett in Paris: License to Chill

Does he get tired of playing the same songs every night? No. He knows well that “there are certain songs you play every night or get killed. It’s about listening to your audience.”

His most well-known song, Margaritaville, is one of the mandatory songs. After a few margaritas in Austin, Texas, on his way to the airport, he wrote the first part in three minutes. When he landed in Key West, Florida and got stuck in traffic at a bridge, he finished the last part in another three minutes. Six minutes to the hit that launched a million fans.

His books, he admits, take longer than six minutes. He is a prolific writer, but acknowledges the loneliness of writing. “It’s good to be able to take a break at the bar.”

In the music side of his life, he holds little love for the record companies. “The contracts are not set up for the artist,” he says. “They count on the passion of the musician and the tendency to destroy yourself at an young age.”

That’s why he left the “industry” and established his own way of doing business.

“I didn’t have to depend on the kindness of crooks,” he says. “Work for yourself so you can be yourself.”

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Jimmy Buffett Answers Viewer Questions

From WKRG News 5: Devon Walsh had a chance to sit down with Jimmy Buffett and ask him some view questions.

1) Devon: “What your favorite song you’ve ever written?”

Jimmy: “I have a couple of them, but off the top of my head, I would say, ‘Twelve Volt Man.’”

2) Devon: “When will you perform in Mobile?”

Jimmy: “I’m looking at places to play in the bigger arena kind of things, where we haven’t been in a while. An example, this year, we haven’t played the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 17 years. So we are playing that this year. So Mobile is on the list.”

3) Devon: “If you could give the Senior Class of 2016 advice, what would it be?”

Jimmy:“Read a lot and travel a lot.”

4) Devon: “How far can you throw a mullet?”

Jimmy: “I have never done the Mullet Toss as a contest, but I have thrown a few back in the water. I can chunk one off a boat pretty well, and I can get the off the hook.”

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Jimmy Buffett interviewed by WKRG News 5

From WKRG: “Jimmy Buffett: One-On-One with News 5’s Devon Walsh

Buffett said he is surprised by some of the opportunities he has recently had. He’s had walk in roles in three different movies or TV shows recently. One in “Jurassic World”, one in the movie about airplane captain Sully Sullenburger, and one in Netflix series “Bloodline”.

Jimmy Buffett sat down for an interview with News 5’s Devon Walsh Saturday. At 68 years old, he’s working as much as ever, and enjoying his time on stage. Here are some of the questions Walsh asked.

1) Devon- “Do you get that at thrill every time you go out on stage?” Jimmy- “Yes. It’s a great job…Could be doing a lot worse.”

2)Devon- “You have been quoted as saying you are living a fantasy. Is that still true?” Jimmy- “I have been lucky enough to be here, after a few close scrapes and to have a music career that lasted this long. I have learned from my experiences, and keeping the business side running parallel with it. It’s been interesting ride.”

3) Devon-“Is it still fun for you? Do you plan to retire?” Jimmy- “From what?” Devon- “That’s the way you look when you are on stage, like you are having fun.” Jimmy- “It’s been amazing gift and an amazing lucky run I’ve had. I would have never imagined I would still be doing this. I figured I would buy a boat and move to the Caribbean. The length this has run, the fun this has been, and the stages…It’s still magical the things that pop up, that I can’t believe are going to happen.”

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