“Party Charlie” as he’s affectionately known, has been planning parties and catering to celebrities, politicians and corporate executives for more than three decades. His definition of a party is when “two or more people gather to lift each other’s spirits and celebrate life.” Charlie provides healthy suggestions for audiences with ideas how to eat and socialize with gusto!Â â€œThe best advice I can give anyone is party, celebrate and socialize your way to health and success,â€ says the author and innovator in the food and catering industry. Charlie’s new book is called “Party Planning Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to a Successful Party.”
Over the years, Charlie has planned parties for, with, and in honor of, a lengthy list of celebrities and personalities, including A-list actors, rock stars, sports stars, political dignitaries and high level military personnel including Elton John, Tom Cruise, Bon Jovi, John Travolta, Bill Maher, Dana Carvey, Angela Landsbury, Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Julio Iglesias, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, Sen. Ted Kennedy, the Vice Premier of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He orchestrated the grand opening of City Walk at Universal Studios Hollywood for 7,000 guests, the Millennium Christmas Party at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion, as well as private functions for the late great L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley, current L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the City of Beverly Hills and the City of Hermosa Beach. Charlie was honored with a Special Award from the City of Beverly Hills for his on-going philanthropy.
Charlie has recently appeared as a celebrity guest on the KTLA Morning Show, KCAL/CBS-TV News @ Noon, Fox TV, Showtime, “Bridezilla”, the TV Guide Channel and Portugal TV with tips on party planning for the Oscars, Emmys and Tony Awards. He was also a guest on the Jerry Lewis Telethon.Â Charlieâ€™s websites have more info: www.partycharlie.com and www.charliescola.com.
Thereâ€™s a reason legendary blues Diva Etta James calls Jimmy Z her â€œHootchie Cootchie Manâ€ and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics calls him â€œthe best harmonica player in the world.â€ Jimmy attracts attention. He caught the attention of Rod Stewart, Tom Petty and the Eurythmics â€“ all of whom he recorded and toured with. He also caught the attention of Dr. Dre, Barry White, Ziggy Marley, Yes, Bon Jovi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Macy Gray, Jaguares, and countless others who sought out Jimmy Zâ€™s blazing harmonica and soulful saxophone to spice up their recordings.
Performing in 1988 with the Eurythmics for the Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley Stadium and televised to 1 billion people worldwide, Jimmyâ€™s harmonica solo on ‘Must Have Been an Angel’ brought the world to its knees. Also, in 1988, Jimmyâ€™s first solo instrumental album was for Miles Copeland, then owner of IRS Records, called ‘Anytimeâ€¦Anyplace!’ In 1991, legendary rap producer Dr. Dre produced Jimmy Zâ€™s next album ‘Muzical Madness’, featuring Jimmy on lead vocals. In addition, Jimmy Z and Dr. Dre co-wrote all the songs.
Jimmy Z has appeared and acted in the movies ‘Georgia’, ‘The Doors’, ‘Wild at Heart’, and ‘The Shrink Is In’, as well as concert films with Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, the Eurythmics, Jaguares, and Etta James. He has scored numerous videos and films as well.
Jimmy recently produced and played on a new ZTribe CD, ‘The Heart and Soul of a Jaguar – Corazon Y Alma de un Jaguar’. In 2006, Jimmy joined blues and jazz luminaries Zac Harmon, Munyungo Jackson, Gregg Writght and Rich DelGrosso in NeoBlues, a fresh look and listen at African-American music in the 21st Century.
Currently, Jimmy is in the process of writing ‘Confessions of a Glorified Sideman’, chronicling his over 30 years in the music business. It includes many anecdotes and adventures from being on the road with some of the most famous (and infamous) musical celebrities.
Musical Artists include: Fire On McGuiness, Sentinel, Terje Lie, Zach, Levente Egry, Reuben Cannon, Slidin’ Slim & Jimmy Z., Jimmy Z. & The Z Tribe, Jimmy Z. & Dr. Dre!
Charli Scola aka Party Charlie
Fire On McGuiness
Sentinel The Band
Slidin’ Slim & Jimmy Z.
Jimmy Haslip, Terje Lie & Jeff Lorber
Jimmy Z. & The Z Tribe
Jimmy Z. & Dr. Dre
Jimmy Z. & Dancers/Ungela Brockman, Donna Schwarz & Robbin Tasha Ford!