Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive
Classical Performance - 2018 Sarasota Opera Winter Opera Festival - Norma
A live performance featuring cast memebers from Sarasota Opera’s production of Bellini’s famous bel canto opera “Norma”. Maestro Victor De Renzi joins Russell in the studio for information on the Winter Opera Festival which runs through March 25.
Jazz Hightlights - John O'Leary
Pianist John O'Leary from the band La Lucha performs and chats with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette. O'Leary has just released a new solo piano recording, CRSPER. Air Date: 3-8-2018
Jazz Highlights - Fred Johnson
Singer Fred Johnson and bassist Michael Ross perform and chat with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette as they prepare for a Sunday show on March 11 at HCC Ybor. Air date: 3-7-2018
Jazz Highlights - Jeff Hamilton
Drummer extraordinaire Jeff Hamilton speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of his appearance at the Sarasota Jazz Festival 2018. Air date 03-01-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Houston Person
Tenor saxophone icon Houston Person speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of his appearance at the Sarasota Jazz Festival 2018. Air date 02-28-2018
Jazz Highlights - John Beasley
Pianist, composer and arranger John Beasley joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette to talk about his two MONK'estra releases in advance of his appearance on the Monday Night Jazz series, February 26, at the USF Concert Hall. Nominated for four Grammys, these recordings feature dazzling interpretations of the music of Thelonious Monk. Air Date: 2-22-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Diego Figueiredo
Brazilian guitar virtuoso Diego Figueiredo joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in our Sarasota studios for performance and conversation in advance of his upcoming appearance at the Sarasota Jazz Festival which begins on March 8. Diego will appear on March 9 and 10. Ed Linehan from the Sarasota Jazz Festival also chats with Mike about the festival. Air date: 2-21-2018
Jazz Highlights - Dick Hyman
Piano virtuoso Dick Hyman joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in WUSF's Sarasota studio for a performance and conversation in advance of his upcoming concert at the Venice Performing Arts Center with clarinetist Ken Peplowski. Air date: 2-17-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Sinne Eeg
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks with Danish singer Sinne Eeg about her influences as she prepares for an upcoming performance at the Sarasota Jazz Festival. Air Date; 2-15-2018
Jazz Highligts - Sinne Eeg
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks with Danish singer Sinne Eeg (pronounced see-NAH EE) about her native Denmark and about the upcoming Sarasota Jazz Festival at which she will appear. Air date: 2-15-2018
Jazz Highlights - Ken Peplowski
Referred to as the "best jazz clarinetist in the world" Ken Peplowski returns to All Night Jazz for conversation and music with host Mike Cornette. Ken talks about his upcoming show with piano legend Dick Hyman in Venice and his multiple performances at the Sarasota Jazz Festival. Ken, a former Satchmo award winner at the Sarasota festival, serves as the festival's Music Director this year. Air Date: 2-14-2018
Jazz Highlights - Fareed Haque
Special guest Fareed Haque joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for a conversation and performance. The guitar virtuoso will perform several songs, including the classic “’Round Midnight” and chats about his diverse career as a jazz, classical and jam band performer as well as his time with Blue Note Records and his association with Sting.
Classical Performance - Brian Morehead, Mark Sfortzini & John Stech
Clarinetist Brian Morehead, bassoonist Mark Sfortzini, and pianist John Stech stopped by the Classical WSMR studio to play for you live on the radio. These fine local musicians talk about their upcoming performances at USF and with the Tampa Bay Symphony. On the program is a brand new work written by Mark Sfortzini; a concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon called “Premium Blend”. Learn more about that work, and hear some great music!
Jazz Highlights - Bela Fleck
Esteemed banjoist Bela Fleck shares music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Dominic Walker as he prepares for an appearance at the Capitol Theater on February 7, 2018. Air date 2-5-2018
Jazz Highlights - Dave Stryker
Jazz guitarist Dave Stryker speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette as he prepares for an upcoming performance in the Mainstage Theatre on the campus of HCC/Ybor. Air date 01-25-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Peter Bernstein
Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein joins All Night Jazz host Dominic Walker for music and conversation as he prepares for a performance on USF's Monday Night Jazz Series. Air date 1-22-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Chick Corea
International jazz recording legend Chick Corea chats with former WUSF Jazz Director Bob Seymour as he prepares for a performance at St. Petersburg College. Chick and Bob reminisce about Thelonious Monk and Chick discusses the return of his Akoustic Trio. Air Date 1-10-2018.
Classical Performance - Opera Tampa: Barber of Seville - Jan 23, 2018
Opera Tampa is getting ready for their production of The Barber of Seville, Rossini’s hilarious comic opera that contains some of the most recognizable arias of all time, with laugh-out-loud situation comedy that will have you singing Figaro all the way home. Join Bethany Cagle as she welcomes cast members of the production to our Tampa studio for some live music and conversation.
Jazz Highlights - Bria Skonberg
Singer and trumpet player Bria Skonberg chats with All Night Jazz Host Mike Cornette as she prepares for an upcoming concert at the Mahaffey Theater. Air Date: 1-4-2018
Jazz Highlights - Branford Marsalis
Saxophonist and member of what's known as the First Family of Jazz, Branford Marsalis, chats with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette as he prepares for a performance at the Mahaffey Theater on January 11. Air date: 1-3-2018
Jazz Highlights - Gregory Porter
Two time Grammy winning singer Gregory Porter chats with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his new recording "Nat King Cole & Me" and his special connection to Nat. Air Date: 12-22-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Music Manager Ron Moss
Music manager Ron Moss visits with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for a behind the scenes look at the role of jazz artist management. Ron currently represents guitarist Nate Najar and bassist Kyle Eastwood. In his past he's also represented Chick Corea, Stan Getz and Isaac Hayes, among others. Air Date: 12-20-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Terell Stafford
Trumpeter Terell Stafford chats with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his encounters with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson and McCoy Tyner as well as his passion for jazz education. Joining Terell and Mike is Chris De Leon, who leads the Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble. Terell will perform with the Tarpon band and wind ensemble on December 16 at Tarpon Springs High School. Air Date: 12-15-2017
Jazz Highlights - Nate Najar Christmas
Bay Area guitar favorite Nate Najar stops by our studios once again to talk about his upcoming Christmas show at the Palladium with All Night Jazz Host, Mike Cornette. Air Date: 12-09-2017
Jazz Highlights - Four Grammy Noms for USF's Chuck Owen
USF Distinguished Professor Chuck Owen discusses his recently Grammy Nominated release, Whispers on the Wind, with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette. In all the recording received 4 Grammy Nominations. Air Date: 12-08-2017
Jazz Highlights - Nate Najar
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks with Bay Area guitarist Nate Najar about his upcoming appearance at the Suncoast Jazz Classic and Nate share songs from his new Christmas CD. Air date: 11-16-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Adrian Cunningham
"Down Under Sax Star" Adrian Cunningham talks about his musical travels and shares insight on his "alter-ego", Professor Cunningham and his Old School. Mike Cornette hosts. Air date: 11-15-2017
Jazz Highlights - John Clayton
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks with composer, arranger and bassist, John Clayton, in advance of his appearance on the Monday Night Jazz Series at the University of South Florida. John will appear on Monday, November 13, at 7:30 PM in the USF Concert Hall in Tampa. Air Date: 11-11-2017.
Jazz Highlights - La Lucha, November 9
Bay Area Trio La Lucha joins Mike Cornette in our studios for a performance in advance of their upcoming shows at the Palladium on November 16 and the Suncoast Jazz Classic on November 17-19. Air date: 11-9-2017
Jazz Highlights - Dave Bennett
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks with clarinetist Dave Bennett as he prepares for several upcoming appearances at the Suncoast Jazz Classic at the Sheraton and Marriott Sand Key Resorts on November 17-19. Dave also shares music from his new Mack Avenue Records recording "Blood Moon." Air date: 11-08-2017
Classical Performance - Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas
The Sarasota Opera opens its Masterworks season with a program featuring the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Spanish cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas. Russell Gant was able to get a preview of this concert when Adolfo stopped by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio for a bit of music and conversation.
Jazz Highlights - Nate Najar
Best of the Bay guitarist Nate Najar joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for conversation and music as he prepares for a Sunday, November 5th appearance in the Mainstage Theatre at HCC in Ybor City. Nate talks about his affinity for the classical guitar in a jazz setting and plays his Ramirez acoustic classical guitar that once belonged to jazz samba great, Charlie Byrd. Nate also chats about his new Christmas CD, "Christmas in December" on Woodward Avenue Records, and debuts a track from it. Air Date: 11-2-2017
Jazz Highlights - Vince Wilburn, Jr.
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks with drummer, Vince Wilburn, Jr. Vince is the nephew of Miles Davis and was also the executive producer of the film "Miles Ahead" starring and directed by Don Cheadle. He'll be in town at the Capitol Theatre with the Miles Davis Electric Band on November 17th. Air date: 11-2-2017
Classical Performance - Sarasota Youth Opera "Rootabega Country" - October 27, 2017
Sarasota Youth Opera will present a world premiere next month when they perform Rachel J. Peters’ “Rootabega Couuntry” based on Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories. Cast members from the opera join Bethany Cagle in our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio to sing some selections for you.
Jazz Highlights - Whitney James
Singer, and All Night Jazz Sunday host, Whitney James, performs and chats with Mike Cornette in the WUSF studios. Whitney is preparing a tribute to Barbara Streisand for a performance at the Palladium on Thursday, November 2. She's joined in the studio (and at the concert) by the trio, La Lucha. Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O'Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums. Air date 10-26-2017
Jazz Highlights - Giving Hunger the Blues and Jazz Festival
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette discusses the upcoming Giving Hunger the Blues and Jazz on the Bay Festival coming up at Van Wezel Hall in Sarasota on Saturday, October 28, from noon-9:30. Joining Mike in the studio are Event Chair and Producer Peter Anderson, Jazz Club of Sarasota's Ed Linehan and musicians Michael Ross on bass and LaRue Nickelson on guitar. Air date: 10-25-2017.
Jazz Highlights - La Lucha
Bay Area trio La Lucha performs in the WUSF studios as they prepare for a performance at the 2017 Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Mike Cornette hosts. Air date 10-20-2017
Classical Performance - Pepe Romero, guitar - 10/19/2017
Pepe Romero is perhaps one of the best known and greatest classical guitarists of our time. The legendary performer is giving a concert at the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College Friday October 20. But he’s here in our studio right now so he can play for our listeners live on the radio! Learn more about his concert, and hear him play music by Barrios, and his father Celedonio Romero.
Jazz Highlights - Al Downing All Stars
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks with members of the newly reformed Al Downing All-Stars and shares music from Al Downing himself. who passed away in 2000. Al Downing was a very historic and influential figure on the Bay Area's jazz scene. His name lives on through the good works of the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association. Air Date: 10-19-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Jason Miles
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks with keyboardist and producer, Jason Miles as he prepares for an upcoming appearance at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in 2017. Jason has worked with a who's who in the jazz and pop world including Miles Davis, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. He's leading an all-star tribute to the legendary fusion band, Weather Report. Air date: 10-18-2017
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera "La Traviata" - October 17, 2017
Sarasota Opera is the only opera company in the world that’s performed every single note that Verdi wrote. But that doesn’t mean they’re done with Verdi! In just a couple of weeks their new production of La Traviata opens at the Sarasota Opera House, and we’re going to give you a preview on Classical WSMR when members of the cast will stop by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast studio to sing for you live on the radio!
Jazz Highlights - James Suggs
For Dizzy Gillespie's 2017 Centennial, All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette invited trumpeter James Suggs into the studio to talk about Dizzy. James and his band, Bop Legacy, will perform a Centennial Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, Sunday, October 8, at HCC Ybor. Show time is 3:00 PM. Air date: 10-6-2017
Jazz Highlights- Chuck Owen
Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies from the University of South Florida, Chuck Owen, speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his new recording "Whispers on the Wind." Air date 9-7-2017
Jazz Highlights - Mark Winkler
Singer Mark Winkler joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette to talk about his new recording "The Company I Keep." Air date: 8-31-2017
Jazz Highlights - Whitney James "Guitar Heroes"
Bay Area singer (and Monday night Jazz Host on All Night Jazz) Whitney James is joined by guitarists LaRue Nickelson and Dan Heck as she prepares for her upcoming "Guitar Heroes" performance on August 26th at the Palladium in St. Pete. WUSF's Mike Cornette hosts. Air date 8-17-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Alan Broadbent
Two time Grammy winning pianist, composer and arranger, Alan Broadbent, speaks with WUSF All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his time with bassist Charlie Haden, his work with singer Diana Krall and his new recording "Developing Story." Air date 8-10-2017
Jazz Highlights - Sharon Preston-Folta; Daughter of Louis Armstrong
All Night Jazz Host, Mike Cornette, speaks with Sharon Preston-Folta, daughter of Louis Armstrong on the 116th anniversary of Louis' birth. Sharon, the author of "Little Satchmo, Living in the Shadow of my Father, Louis Daniel Armstrong," shares her recollections and some of her favorite musical performances of her father. Air Date 8-04-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Steve Davis
Trombonist Steve Davis joins Mike Cornette for conversation and music. Davis is a former member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and a current member of the group One For All. Steve and Mike talk about his time with Art Blakey and Elvin Jones as well as his recently released recording, "Think Ahead" on the Smoke Records label. Air date: July 27, 2017.
Jazz Highlights - Terry Gibbs
After a career spanning seven decades, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs decided to retire at age 90. Now, after two years, Whaling City Sound record label owner Neil Weiss convinced him to record again; but only on Terry's terms. So his New York based artist and drummer son, Gerry Gibbs, packed up all of his recording gear and headed west to Terry's house in California for several days of recording in the den. The result was impressive: over 70 minutes of music, all first takes. The recording, "92 Years Young; Jammin' at the Gibbs' House" is just one of the topics the irrepressible Terry discusses with jazz host Mike Cornette in this conversation with music. Air Date: 7-13-2017.
Classical Performance - Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival - July 24th, 2017
Students from the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival stop by our Tampa studio for performance and conversation, including music by Maurice Ravel, Gershwin, and Samuel Barber. The Rebecca Penneys Festival is a tuition-free festival that takes place on the campus of the University of South Florida annually with concerts, masterclasses ,and lessons