Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive
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
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