Ralph Rolle, Drummer and Baker

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Join me in a conversation today with celebrated drummer Ralph Rolle. He has played with everyone from Sting to Aretha in venues around the world. But his heart always takes him back to his roots: The Bronx,  where he was raised by his mother and reared by his grandmother. Both women were excellent bakers, and Ralph, as a young boy, learned about the art of cookie making from his beloved grandma. Known as Grampy, Ralph immortalized her  by naming one of his 18 cookie varieties after her.

Listen in below.


Learn about Ralph’s incredible journey from top musician to top baker, building a cookie empire, bringing industry to the Bronx, and giving back. www.soulsnacks.com


  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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