Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive

Classical Performance - 2018 Sarasota Music Festival - Students Pianists and Jeffrey Kahane
Join Russell Gant as he welcomes three rising star pianists to our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast studio to play for you in this final week of the Sarasota Music Festival. Also, Festival Music Director Jeffrey Kahane talks about opportunities for the public to listen in on the festival's happenings, and what the future may hold.
Classical Performance - 2018 Sarasota Music Festival - Vijay Venkatesh, piano
The Sarasota Music Festival is underway, and classical WSMR will have plenty of highlights for you! Join Russell Gant and SMF alum, pianist Vijay Venkatesh. Since his days in Sarasota, Vijay has appeared on NPR’s From the Top, and is now studying for his Masters at Indiana University. Get to know Vijay Venkatesh when he stops by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio to play Chopin for you.
Classical Performance - 2018 Sarasota Music Festival - Ani Kavafian, violin
The Sarasota Music Festival is underway for three weeks of concerts and events, and Classical WSMR will have plenty of highlights for you! Join Bethany Cagle and her guest; internationally renowned violinist Ani Kavafian. Ani was a student at the festival in the early 1970’s and has served on the faculty since 1992. Get to know this incredible musician when she stops by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio to play a Mozart Sonata as well as Fritz Kreisler’s much loved Liebeslied.
Jazz Highlights - John Pizzarelli
In advance of his upcoming Ybor City performance on June 2, 2018, guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli joins All Night Jazz host Michael Cornette for live music, conversation and excerpts from some of his recordings over the years. Air date 5-31-2018.
Jazz Highlights
All Night Jazz Director Mike Cornette chats with St. Petersburg's Palladium Executive Director, Paul Wilborn, about upcoming events for the summer of 2018 at the Palladium.
Classical Performance - Max Tan, violin - May 2, 2018
Violinist Max Tan, will be live on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9 this morning at 10:00! Max will be at our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio to play the Bach Sonata No. 1 in G minor for Unaccompanied Violin. Max is no stranger to Sarasota! He first appeared at the Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency as a student, and young teen, 10 years ago! He has since returned to Sarasota many times with PMP alumni, participating in education outreach programs throughout the area, and most recently, joining the roster of the Sarasota Orchestra!
Classical Performance - December 2017 Perlman Music Program - Sean Lee & Peter Dugan
[ARCHIVE]: The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency is running December 21, through January 6, and Classical WSMR will feature PMP alumni musicians with a special live performance from our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio. Join Russell Gant and his guests, violinist Sean Lee and pianist Peter Dugan. They will be playing music that ranges from Bach to Jazz. Learn more about their upcoming performance in Sarasota, and get a taste of what their concert will bring.
Jazz Highlights - Zach Bornheimer Quintet
Saxophonist and Composer Zachary Bornheimer joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in an interview and performance in advance of an upcoming show.
Jazz Highlights - Zach Bornheimer Quintet
Saxophonist and Composer Zachary Bornheimer joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in an interview and performance in advance of an upcoming show.
Jazz Highlights - Zach Bornheimer Quintet
Saxophonist and Composer Zachary Bornheimer joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in an interview and performance in advance of an upcoming show.
Jazz Highlights - Zach Bornheimer Quintet
Saxophonist and Composer Zachary Bornheimer joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in an interview and performance in advance of an upcoming show.
Jazz Highlights - Zach Bornheimer Quintet
Saxophonist and Composer Zachary Bornheimer joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in an interview and performance in advance of an upcoming show.
Jazz Highlights - Zach Bornheimer Quintet
Saxophonist and Composer Zachary Bornheimer joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in an interview and performance in advance of an upcoming show.
Jazz Highlights - Steve Allee
Pianist and composer Steve Allee chats with All Night Jazz Host Mike Cornette in advance of his upcoming appearance on the Monday Night Jazz Series at the University of South Florida
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.

 

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