Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive

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
Classical Performance - Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival - July 14, 2017
Students from the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival stop by our Tampa studio for performance and conversation, including music by Albeniz, Chopin, and a new work composed for and dedicated to one of the pianists. 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.
Classical Special - Florida Wind Band: Honor, Integrity, and Service (July 2, 2017)
The Florida Wind Band is performed a concert called Honor, Integrity, and Service Sunday July 2 at USF in Tampa, and WSMR was there to record it for you. Russell Gant was your emcee for the concert which featured Summon the Heroes by John Williams, a Fantasy on Yankee Doodle, an Armed Forces Salute, and of course the Stars and Stripes Forever.
Jazz Highlights - Zev Feldman, the "Jazz Detective"
Meet the “Jazz Detective,” Zev Feldman, Genera Manager for Resonance Records, who has unearthed what he refers to as “new discoveries” from iconic artists such as Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Sarah Vaughn, and others. Zev chats with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his process for finding, clearing, packaging and promoting these projects. Air Date 6-29-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Arturo Sandoval
10 time Grammy winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette as he prepares for an upcoming performance at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Air Date: 6-22-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Louis Hayes
Legendary drummer Louis Hayes joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette to discuss his new album, "Serenade for Horace." Hayes spent his early years working with Horace Silver before joining Cannonball Adderley's band and then, later, Oscar Peterson. Air date 6-21-2017
Classical Performance - 2017 Sarasota Music Festival - New York Woodwind Quintet
Members of the New York Woodwind Quintet stop by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio for live music and conversation with Bethany Cagle. They talk about their upcoming concert as part of the Sarasota Music Festival and what it's like being on faculty at the Festival.
Jazz Highlights - Jade Simmons
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks with concert pianist, singer, actress and motivational speaker, Jade Simmons, as she prepares for the Broadway bound "Lillette's Rhythm Club" musical at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. The musical documents the life of pianist Lillette Jenkins-Wisner, known as the Queen of the Keys.
Jazz Highlights - Scott Routenberg
Pianist, arranger and composer Scott Routenberg speaks with WUSF's Mike Cornette about his composing process and his new recording "Every End Is a Beginning. Air date: 6-15-2017
Classical Performance - 2017 Sarasota Music Festival - Micah Wright, clarinet and Vijay Venkatesh, piano
Join Bethany when Sarasota Music Festival piano student Vijay Venkatesh and clarinet student Micah Wright stop by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio for live music and conversation. Music selections will include The Maiden and the Nightingale by Enrique Granados, the Preludes 1 and 3 by George Gershwin, and the second movement from the Sonata in E-flat, by Brahms.
Jazz Highlights - Jeff Rupert and Richard Drexler
Two members of the Orlando group, The Jazz Professors, saxophonist Jeff Rupert and pianist Richard Drexler, join All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in the WUSF studios for music and conversation. Topics include their duet recording, "Imagination," from earlier this year, the jazz scene in Orlando, and their experiences with legendary former Bay area pianist, Kenny Drew, Jr.. Air Date: 6-8-2017
Classical Performance - 2017 Sarasota Music Festival - Jasmine Choi, flutist
The Sarasota Music Festival is underway, and Classical WSMR will be featuring several live performances on the radio during the three week festival. Russell Gant welcomes acclaimed flutist and Sarasota Music Festival Alumna Jasmine Choi for live music and conversation. Jasmine has reached superstardom, and was named one of the "Top 10 Greatest Flutists in History" by Sinfini Magazine (UK) in 2015.
Classical Performance - St. Pete Opera: Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman - 05-30-2017
St. Pete Opera is getting ready to perform Offenbach’s grand and final opera, The Tales of Hoffmann, and Russell Gant will have cast members from the production here in our studio to sing for you live on the radio! We’ll learn more about the tales that Hoffmann tells while waiting in a tavern for his current passion, an opera diva appropriately named Stella. To pass the time, Hoffmann tells the other students stories about three of his previous loves, each of which ends in disaster. Join Russell and Maestro Mark Sforzini for live music and conversation.
Classical Performance - Jeffery Kahane, piano - 05-08-2017
The Sarasota Music Festival starts on June 8 with its new Music Director, pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane. Join Bethany and Jeffrey when he stops by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio to perform live and chat about the festival. Kahane is perhaps best known for his 20-year leadership of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He visited the Sarasota Music Festival briefly as a faculty member in 2015, having no idea he’d be invited back for the Music Director post.
Jazz Highlights - Randy Brecker
Six time Grammy Award winning trumpeter Randy Brecker speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette as he prepares for an upcoming performance at the Jazz Composers Symposium at the University of South Florida. Air Date: 5-18-2017
Jazz Highlights - Billy Childs
Pianist, composer and Grammy Award winner Billy Childs speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his compositional process and playing style as he prepares for a performance during the Jazz Composers Symposium at the University of South Florida. Air Date: 5-17-2017
Jazz Highlights - Thomas Carabasi
Drummer Thomas Carabasi stops by the All Night Jazz studios to chat and share music with jazz host Mike Cornette. Thomas and his New Standards Quintet will appear at the Palladium Side Door on 5-17-2017. Air Date: 5-13-2017.
Jazz Highlights - John O'Leary
La Lucha pianist John O'Leary stops by the All Night Jazz studios to display his piano talents and chat with jazz host Mike Cornette regarding his upcoming solo piano project about the intersection of science and music and his advocacy supporting a cure for Alzheimer's Disease. Air Date: 5-10-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Herb Alpert
Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert speaks with All Night Jazz Host Mike Cornette about his roots with the Tijuana Brass, his days as the "A" at the A&M recording label and his current tour with wife and singer Lani Hall as he prepares for an upcoming performance at the Capitol Theater in Clearwater. Air Date 5-4-2017
Jazz Highlights - Laila Biali
Award winning Canadian singer, songwriter and pianist Laila Biali speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about her time with Sting, Chris Botti, Diana Krall and others as she prepares for an upcoming performance at HCC Ybor City on Sunday, April 30th.
Jazz Highlights - Howard Johnson
Jazz tuba player Howard Johnson speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his encounters with Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp and Gil Evans as well as his time leading the Saturday Night Live Band and working with John Lennon. Air date: 4-20-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Synia Carroll
Singer Synia Carroll stops by the studios of WUSF to chat with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about her latest recording, her biggest influences, and her upcoming performance at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. Air date 4-12-2017
Jazz Highlights - Chris Botti
All Night Jazz host Jackson Harpe speaks with international trumpet sensation Chris Botti about his rise in the music business as he prepares for appearances in Sarasota and Clearwater. Air date 4-11-2017
Jazz Highlights - Harry Allen, Grant Stewart and Nate Najar
Internationally known tenor saxophone titans Harry Allen and Grant Stewart are joined by guitarist Nate Najar in music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of their performance in St. Petersburg. Air Date: 4-6-2017
Jazz Highlights - Jack Wilkins Banff Project
WUSF's Stephanie Colombini and All Night Jazz Director Mike Cornette speak with USF Jazz Director and saxophonist Jack Wilkins about the World Premiere of his "Banff Project." The podcast includes snippets from musicians participating in the project as well as a sneak peak at some of the music. The World Premier of the "Banff Project" is Thursday, March 23 at 7:30. Air Date: 3-22-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Corey Christiansen
Jazz guitarist and educator Corey Christiansen chats with All Night Jazz Host Dominic Walker prior to his visit to USF for the debut of Director of Jazz Studies Jack Wilkins "Banff Project." The multi-media concert, Thursday, March 23, features images from Banff mixed with original music from Jack. Corey, a former student and adjunct professor at the University of South Florida is now the Director of Jazz Studies at Utah State University. His last two recordings, "Lone Prairie" and "Factory Girl" both explore themes and songs from the old west. Air date 3-20-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Cory Weeds
Canadian jazz saxophonist, record label owner, impresario, and entrepreneur, Cory Weeds speaks with All Night Jazz Host Mike Cornette about some of his current projects and the challenges facing the business of jazz, both live and recorded, in todays economy. Air Date: 3-15-2017
Jazz Highlights - Nick Finzer
Co-founder of the education based Institute for Creative Music (ifcmusic.org), innovative trombonist Nick Finzer speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his latest recording and the importance of music education as he prepares for a Master Class and concert appearance at the University of South Florida. Air Date: 3-8-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Steve Slagle
New York based saxophonist and flautist Steve Slagle chats with All Night Jazz Host Mike Cornette about his new recording “Alto Manhattan.” Not only is Steve an alto saxophone player but the recording title takes on a double meaning with the Latino translation of Upper Manhattan, which is “Alto Manhattan.” Steve also speaks about his time with frequent collaborator, guitarist Dave Stryker, his days with composer arranger Carla Bley, and his work with the Charles Mingus Big Band. Air Date 2-23-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Joshua Breakstone
Guitarist Joshua Breakstone speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his new recording “88” in advance of his upcoming appearance at the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival. The title references the number of keys on a piano and the recording is comprised of compositions from a number of notable jazz pianists. Most interestingly, though, there is no piano on the recording. Instead it’s Joshua with his Cello Quartet. Air date: February 18, 2017.
Jazz Highlights - Cheryl Bentyne
Jazz vocalist and member of the vocalese group Manhattan Transfer, Cheryl Bentyne speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about her tenure with the ensemble and their upcoming performance at Van Wezel Hall in Sarasota, Sunday, February 19. Air Date: February 16, 2017.
Jazz Highlights - Tommy Emmanuel
Certified Guitar Player Tommy Emmanuel chats with All Night Jazz Host Mike Cornette in advance of his upcoming performance at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. The Australian born Emmanuel is noted as one of the world’s greatest “fingerstyle guitarists” and was awarded the title of “Certified Guitar Player” by the legendary Chet Atkins, one of only five guitarists to have been so honored. Air date: February 15, 2017.
Jazz Highlights - Al Di Meola
Guitar hero and former member of Return to Forever, guitarist Al Di Meola speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of his upcoming performance at the Capitol Theater on February 13th. Air Date: 2-11-17.
Jazz Highlights - Synia Carroll
Sarasota based vocalist Synia Carroll joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation as she prepares for her Valentine’s Day concert: “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” at the Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota on February 13th. Backing up Synia in the studio are Billy Marcus on piano, Don Mopsick on bass and Steven Bucholz on drums. Air Date: 2-10-17.
Jazz Highlights - Whitney James Valentine
As she prepares for her annual Jazz Valentine show, February 10th at the Palladium in St. Petersburg, All Night Jazz host Whitney James exhibits her vocal talents as she joins Jazz Director Mike Cornette in the WUSF studio for a performance and conversation. Joining her are guitarist LaRue Nickelson and the trio known as La Lucha: John O’Leary on piano, Alejandro Arenas on bass, and Mark Feinman on drums. Air date: 2-10-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Nate Najar
Guitarist Nate Najar joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation in our University of South Florida Tampa studio. Nate’s quartet, John Lamb on the bass, James Suggs on trumpet, and Mark Feinman on drums provide accompaniment as Nate prepares for an upcoming CD Release party at Studio @620 in St. Petersburg, Thursday, February 9. Air date: 2-09-2017.
Jazz Highlights - Bop Legacy
Bay Area favorites, Bop Legacy, featuring Austin Vickrey on saxophone, James Suggs on trumpet, Stretch Bryun on piano, Billy Pillucere on bass, and Joe Renda on drums join All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation as they prepare for a performance at HCC Ybor on Sunday, January 29th. It’s a tribute to Stan Getz and Chet Baker.
Jazz Highlights - Eric Alexander
Premier saxophonist Eric Alexander joins Jazz Director Mike Cornette for music and conversation ahead of his appearance at the University of South Florida on Monday, January 30th , 2017, as part of the USF School of Music’s “Monday Night Jazz” series. Eric discusses his rise to prominence from Chicago to New York and has some advice for young players.
Jazz Highlights - David Sanborn
Renowned saxophonist David Sanborn speaks with Mike Cornette about his work with Stevie Wonder and David Bowie (he had the iconic saxophone solo on “Young Americans”), his early work, and the development of his distinctive sound as he prepares for an appearance in the Bay Area on January 22.
Jazz Highlights - Jeff Lorber
Jeff Lorber keyboardist and founder of the Jeff Lorber Fusion chats with Jazz Director Mike Cornette about his background, influences, charity work with the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease)Foundation, and his upcoming appearance in the Bay Area on January 21.
Jazz Highlights - Vincent Gardner
Trombonist, composer, and arranger Vincent Gardner speaks with Jazz Director Mike Cornette about his time in Florida as a college student and his current role as trombonist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as they prepare for an upcoming performance in Sarasota on January 19, 2017
Jazz Highlights - Phill Fest
Guitarist Phill Fest chats with WUSF Jazz Director Mike Cornette as he prepares for an upcoming tribute concert for his father Manfredo Fest at HCC in Ybor City on December 18 at 3:00 PM. Manfredo, who performed with Sergio Mendes, was an influential force in the Tampa Bay Area for a number of years until his passing in 1999. Phill talks about growing up surrounded by the Bossa Nova sound, his development as a musician and his recent travels to his parent’s homeland of Brazil.
Jazz Highlights - Dr. Peter Carney
Dr. Peter Carney, Director of Jazz Studies at the State College of Florida in Bradenton discusses a recent performance of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” with WUSF Jazz Director Mike Cornette. Carney provides some background on the arrangement and also talks about his earlier experiences as a journeyman saxophonist in Chicago
Jazz Highlights - Stanley Clarke
Four time Grammy Award winning bassist Stanley Clarke joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation as he prepares for an upcoming appearance at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo on December 6th. He’ll discuss his early days with Horace Silver and Stan Getz and his time with Chick Corea and Return to Forever
Jaz Highlights - Christine Jensen
In this preview to an upcoming Monday Night Jazz Series event for Monday, November 21, Juno Award winning saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has a conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette.

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