HATS

I just went to see my friends, Dolly Coulter, Kathy Arionoff and Corrie Sacks in the hit show HATS at Harrah's in Las Vegas.  Joining me were my mom Wanda Kastel, sister Linda Garza and friends Tanja Nikolic Nobert, Terry Ritter and Patricia Watson.  Based on the ladies in the Red Hat Society the music and lyrics were a collaborative effort by such artists as Melissa Manchester and Pam Tillis among others.  The songs are hilarious as they take you on one woman's journey into the joys of turning 50 during the birthday party given her by her friends.  If you love to laugh this is a show for you.  My photos are below.
 
Sandy



My Video from Dirty Jokes - The Movie

Here is my new video from "Dirty Jokes the Movie".
- Watch Sandy Kastel - Slow Burn - The Video
- View Pictures with the "Dirty Jokes" cast!


It was a blast working in the film. It's hilarious with over 70 comedians including the producer and director, Murray Langston, The Unknown Comic best known for his comic performances on The Gong Show, who appeared in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Midnight Special, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show, The Wolfman Jack Show, and The Bobby Vinton Show, Real People. He produced The Unknown Comedy Hour for Playboy TV, followed by The Sex and Violence Family Hour, starring a very young Jim Carrey. He also wrote the screenplays for the films Night Patrol (1984), Up Your Alley (1988), and Wishful Thinking (1997), and was co-host of "The NEW Truth or Consequences" (1987). He most recently reappeared as The Unknown Comic in the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Vic Dunlop-appeared on the "The Richard Pryor Show", Showtime, HBO and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson., Michael S. Deluise-Son of Dom De Luise, appeared in the 1979 film Hot Stuff, Fox hit series 21 Jump Street, Gilmore Girls, CSI:NY, Lost, and Stargate SG-1, Kip Adotta-featured on The Tonight Show Show, Make Me Laugh, The Dr. Demento Show, Andie Valentino- February Penthouse Magazine Playmate, Robby Rist-Played Oliver on the Brady Bunch, Eddie Mecca-Played Carmen in Lavern and Shirley, Kato Kaelin-National Lampoon's Dorm Daze, Eye for an Eye, X-Play. Sunset Tan, Blue Iris-appears regularly on Howard Stern, Bruce Baum-has appeared in The Stockard Channing Show, Growing Pains, Full House, and Northern Exposure, The Simpsons, guest-starring with Jay Leno, Janene Garofalo, Steven Wright, and Bobcat Goldthwait in the episode "The Last Temptation of Krust" and Make Me Laugh, Brad Williams-Mind of Mencia, appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central, Brad Williams-The Carlos Mencia Show.



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New Comedy Project

'I know it's been awhile, but I have been working on a new project writing songs for an independent comedy. Can't say much now. There are more than 50 comedians on the project and I make a cameo appearance singing one of my original songs. I will keep you posted.'

O's Place Jazz Newsletter

Sandy Kastel    This Time Around
By D. Oscar Groomes 

O's Notes: Sandy has a pleasing stage like voice with a soft, gentle innocent character. The program is 15 popular classics including "Fever", "Beyond The Sea", "Misty" and "My Funny Valentine". The differentiating factor here is a full orchestra including strings and background singers behind her for 13 of the tracks! The music is powerful and dynamic while Sandy is crisp and clear in front. Kastel's presentation is ripe for primetime American entertainment.

http://www.OsPlaceJazz.com

Sunny California

Hi, Everyone!

I'm here in sunny California this week. First stop was Santa Monica to check out the waves and my friends. We got together to work on a new song for my upcoming cd. Next stop was Burbank to check in on the post-production for the new movie. It is FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY! They showed me a clip of me singing one of my new songs, SLOW BURN, that I co-wrote with my girlfriend, Dolly Coulter. We filmed it at the ICE HOUSE in Pasadena last month. Yesterday I had a meeting with a really fabulous singer/songwriter/producer (name undisclosed at this time). If everything works out we will be in the studio this summer! I am so excited. Can't wait to get started!

Sandy

Miles Bell RIP

Miles Bell RIP
Miles Bell, a longtime Nashville based artist manager whose clients included many popular comedians, singers, entertainers and bands from a multitude of genres, died on March 19 of kidney failure in Nashville. He was 61.

Over the course of a career spanning 30 years, the beloved talent agent represented a wide variety of successful clients from all facets of the entertainment industry: comedians (T. “Bubba” Bechtol, Lonnie Shore), magicians (Harry Blackstone, Jr.), songwriters/recording artists (Sandy Kastel), singer/comedians (Sandy Hackett) and bands from every genre from country (The Moffatts) to pop/R&B (4 The Cause), rock and Christian. Bell also represented the worldwide touring revue band The Blues Other Brothers and popular country music parodist Cledus T. Judd.

“Miles was an unusual person,” Bechtol says. “He had the one thing that a manager needs to have to be at the top of their game in today’s entertainment world. He took great pleasure in other peoples success. That is hard to find in today’s world. He was not selfish, totally into making comedians stars and did just that with a few big names today. I will miss him, both as a manager and a friend.”

Hackett, who is also an actor and producer, says, “I’m deeply saddened at the loss of a friend who was also a business associate for many years. I’m sorry to lose him and especially sorry for his children to lose their father so young in life. He was a good soul.”

Longtime friend and fellow entertainment manager Bernard Porter, whose clients include country star Joe Diffie, adds, “Miles Bell was a godly man, with integrity and strong values. He was a mentor and a friend. I will greatly miss him.”

Kastel, a renowned Las Vegas based songwriter and recording artist, says, “Miles had the funniest sayings, but I always understood him, eventually. He had strong opinions and he was brutally honest because, as he said, ‘If I don't tell you, who will?’ I loved his honesty and he made me feel special. That was his way. I can picture him doing the same thing with his huge roster of clients back in the 80’s and 90’s, when he was booking groups 24/7. I believe he could see into the heart of an artist and dig out the potential hidden inside.

“He has been an inspiration to me,” she adds, “and I felt blessed to get the benefit of his advice; but he was more than a manager to me, he was a mentor and a good friend, and I feel his spirit will live on in those whose lives he touched, like mine. He will be missed.”

As President and CEO of Williams Bell & Associates from 1992 to 2000, Bell managed 36 artists, including a sculptor, a painter, an illusionist in addition to a more traditional slate of comics, singers and bands. He acted as Executive Director for 30 music videos, four of which won Video of the Year (two from CMT, two from Much Music).

In addition to negotiating all film, TV, recording, agency, publishing, sponsorship, endorsement and public appearance contracts for his artists, Bell supervised the selection of songs and the recordings of 10 albums which have collectively sold over 40 million units and achieved gold and/or platinum status in over 30 countries.

View original article on AntiMusic.com .

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Cledus T. Judd, Bechtol manager Miles Bell dies
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 – Miles Bell, a longtime Nashville based artist manager whose clients included T. Bubba Bechtol and Cledus T. Judd, died on March 19 of kidney failure in Nashville. He was 61.
Over the course of a career spanning 30 years, the talent agent represented a wide variety of clients from all facets of the entertainment industry, including magicians, songwriters, and bands from various genres, such as country (The Moffatts).

"Miles was an unusual person," Bechtol said. "He had the one thing that a manager needs to have to be at the top of their game in today's entertainment world. He took great pleasure in other peoples success. That is hard to find in today's world. He was not selfish, totally into making comedians stars and did just that with a few big names today. I will miss him, both as a manager and a friend."

Born and raised in Clarksburg, West Va., Bell grew up in a musical household. His mother Winifred served as choir director both in the local high school and the family church. His father Bud played various reed instruments and had a big band called Bud Bell and the Buddies.

He was president and chief financial officer of Limeliters International from 1979 to 1991; Limeliters International became the largest purveyor of live entertainment to hotels and casinos in the United States, boasting a client list that included Don McLean, Janice Ian, Kool & The Gang, Mickey Gilley, The Commodores and Menudo.

As President and CEO of Miles Bell & Associates since 1991, the graduate of the University of West Virginia consulted with hotels, casinos and cruise lines with procurement of talent for entertainment, offering production shows, special events, name attractions and lounge acts. From 1985 to 1997, Bell was also President and CEO of Worldwide Entertainment Services, the largest DJ service in the United States.

He also was president and chief executive officer of Williams Bell & Associates from 1992 to 2000, Bell managed 36 artists, including a sculptor, a painter, an illusionist in addition to a more traditional slate of comics, singers and bands. He acted as Executive Director for 30 music videos, 4 of which won Video of the Year (2 from CMT, 2 from Much Music).

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations in Bell's name go to MusiCares.

View original article on CountryStandardTime.com .

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Manager Miles Bell dies at 61
Clients included comedians, magicians, bands
Artist manager Miles Bell, whose clients included comedians, singers, entertainers and bands, died March 19 of kidney failure in Nashville. He was 61. Over the course of 30 years, Bell repped clients including comedians T. "Bubba" Bechtol and Lonnie Shore, magician Harry Blackstone, Jr., recording artist Sandy Kastel, singer/comedian Sandy Hackett and bands including The Moffatts, 4 The Cause, The Blues Other Brothers and country music parodist Cledus T. Judd.

Bell was born and raised in Clarksburg, W.V. and graduated West Virginia U.

In addition to managing artists and supervising recordings, he booked talent for hotels, casinos and cruise lines, and was president of the largest DJ service in the U.S. for several years.

Donations may be made to MusiCares, www.grammy.com/MusiCares .

View original article on Variety.com .

Happy Valentine's Day

The year is just flying by....already it is Valentine's Day and January has come and gone. So much has happened since my show at the Suncoast with the holidays being a bustle of friends and family joining us to celebrate. Then the New Year and we welcomed in 2008 looking forward to all the promises of excitement, new projects, a more concerted effort towards being more conscious of what foods we put into our bodies and exercising our muscles so that we stay in shape! Whew!

Busy? I'll say, but in a good way. I cleaned out a lot of closets and I don't just mean literally. There are many things that needed to go so that I can make way for the new. And that is what I did. It was just cold enough outside to keep me in and off my bicycle, unfortunately, so I really had to try and stay motivated to get on the treadmill or go to dance classes. Then I was hit by that very unusual 'flu' that went around the country. Even though it was not totally debilitating, it slowed my energy down enough to keep me inside working on those 'closets'. So, what may have not been the best thing turned into a constructive project.

There were two trade shows I worked, both for bookings, one in Las Vegas in November and the other in San Diego in January. They were very productive. I met many wonderful artists and promoters from around the country and look forward to seeing the results of them.

Then we headed to Nashville so that I could get back with a few songwriters and finish up the songs we started at the end of the year. The weather is colder than in Las Vegas, but it did warm up for us. After spending a week there we drove up to Indianapolis to visit my husband's family. We are back in Nashville now only for the next few days before we head down to Florida for warmer weather and write with more songwriters.

One of my plans for this year is to delve more deeply into my writing, exploring my varied interests in musical styles including pop, jazz, country, rhythm & blues, broadway and swing to see if I can develop my own style which includes a mix of high energy, up-tempo songs and power ballads.

Above all, on this Valentine's Day, and throughout the year, I wish everyone a year filled with treasures, life lived with exuberance and happiness shared with others and quality time with family and friends.

Best Wishes for 2008

Sandy

Time To Get Up!

Time to Get up!
Good Morning, Everyone,

How are we today? Just get up? Well, it's time to get up and run, don't walk, to that treadmill, bicycle, swimming pool, yoga class, pilates or dance class, whatever it is, whether you are ready to shed a few pounds or just tone up the body. It doesn't take too much, just the commitment to do something every day.

That's right, up and at it! No sitting around today! Put that DVD in the TV and get started! No DVD? No VCR? Okay, how about putting on your running shoes or bicycle and taking a 'spin' around the neighborhood?

Don't stop to think about it, just do it. By the time you come up with enough excuses not to, you can already be back at your house doing your stretches. That's right, don't forget about warming up those muscles before you start and stretching them out when you're finished. 30 minutes, that's all it takes!

Today, for me it's 5 minutes of waking up my muscles with a few warm-ups, then a 3 mile bike ride around the neighborhood, taking the stairs two at a time up to the gym to work on my arms with 5 & 8 lb. weights (to tighten up those tricepts, build those biceps and define those deltoids). Then down on the floor to do sit-ups! As Sharon Stone says, "'When girls ask about my abs, I tell them 'sit-ups'." She says she does 300 sit-ups a day' Whew!

Whatever it takes! That's my motto! But within reason, also.

Oh, remember, we are all beautiful. Each of us has our own unique shape. Be kind to yourself and keep that in mind when setting your goals. Be flexible. You may have to adjust each day with this new routine, but keep working with it and you will find that you can achieve your goals.

Our body is our friend, as is our mind and our spirit. Nurture them as you would a loved one and encourage them as you would a friend.

Now, enough talk, get away from the computer, you don't need to answer all of those emails, yet. Get up and get going. Let me know how you do! I'll be looking forward to hearing from you!

Lots of Love and Encouragement are coming your way!

Sandy

We Lost A Friend Today

Miles Bell took me under his wing when I came to Nashville.  We met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.  He asked me to send him one of my tapes as he took a puff on his cigarette, grinned and said, "I don't know if I can help, but if you send me your tape, I can promise you this.  I'll be honest with you."
 
Two weeks later, he called me and said to me in his unique way, "Well, little lady, I think, if I can put you with the right people, I might, and I repeat, I might be able to get you where you need to go".  I had come to Nashville to focus on my songwriting, but he knew my background performing onstage in Las Vegas, so he wanted to find a producer who would showcase me.
 
We were having lunch one day at the Tin Roof before one of our meetings when he placed the salt shaker in the middle of the table and said, "What do you see?  A salt shaker? On the outside this may look like a regular salt shaker, but it's what's on the inside that's counts."  He laughed and said, "You are like this salt shaker.  If we can figure out what's on the inside and package it, we can put it out there for the world to see.  Then we just sit back and wait."  Wait for what? I asked.  He said, "We don't know what the world is going to see until we start getting calls."
 
Then he introduced me to Dan Posthuma, who became my producer for 'This Time Around'.  Dan suggested showcasing my voice by singing a tribute to the great classics and the legends who made them famous. We recorded in Nashville at Blackbird, Darkhorse and the Sound Kitchen with the Nashville Strings and Brass and in Las Vegas with Bobby Darin's conductor, Bob Rozario and my father, saxophonist, Dick Kastel.
 
During the recording sessions, Miles would bring his friends and colleagues by the studio.  He was so like a proud father.  This was his baby.  He loved this project.  His favorite song was 'Over the Rainbow' and 'My Funny Valentine'. 
 
Miles had the funniest sayings, but I always understood him, eventually.  He had strong opinions and he was brutally honest because, as he said, "If I don't tell you, who will?" 
 
I loved his honesty and he made me feel special.  That was his way.  I can picture him doing the same thing with his huge roster of clients back in the 80's and 90's, when he was booking groups 24/7.  I believe he could see into the heart of an artist and dig out the potential hidden inside. 
 
He has been an inspiration to me and I felt blessed to get the benefit of his advice; but he was more than a manager to me, he was a mentor and a good friend, and I feel his spirit will live on in those whose lives he touched, like mine.  He will be missed.

-Sandy

Jazzscene Magazine

George Fendel, Jazzscene Magazine
This CD is quite a production, with a Nashville area big band, and a bevy of strings on some numbers. Kastel is well suited as a big band singer, in fact I’d say she’s more that than a jazz singer per se.