Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive

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.
Jazz Highlights - Nate Najar
In this preview to the upcoming Suncoast Jazz Classic (Nov. 18-20, 2016) Bay Area guitarist Nate Najar is joined by former Duke Ellington bassist John Lamb, and drummer Mark Feinman for an in studio performance and interview with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette. From November 17, 2016.
Jazz Highlights - Ken Peplowski
Referred by the BBC as “arguably the best living jazz clarinetist” multi-instrumentalist Ken Peplowski joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation ahead of his performance at the Suncoast Jazz Classic, November 18-20. Peplowski discusses his days with the Dorsey Orchestra, saxophone master Sonny Stitt, and the challenges of traveling with musical instruments in today’s challenging airport environments.
Jazz Highlights - Todd Murray
Crooner Todd Murray joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for conversation and music ahead of his appearance at the Historic Asolo Theater in Sarasota on November 12th and 13th. Murry, whose new recording “Croon: When a Whisper Became Song” won awards for the show when he performed it at the Metropolitan Room in New York. (Airdate: 11/09/2016)
Classical Performance - Harpist Giuseppina Ciarla and Violinist Natalia Maiden - November 4, 2016
Harpist Giuseppina Ciarla and violinist Natalia Maiden will be giving a lunchtime concert of operatic favorites at Michael’s on East in Sarasota next week, but they’re going to stop by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast studio first to play for you live on the radio. Join Bethany and her guests as you’ll hear some well-known moments from the opera repertoire arranged for harp and violin.
Jazz Highlights - La Lucha with Whitney James
In this preview to the upcoming Suncoast Jazz Classic (Nov. 18-20, 2016) Bay Area trio La Lucha (Alejandro Arenas on bass, Mark Feinman on drums, and John O’Leary on piano) is joined by vocalist Whitney James for an in studio performance and interview with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette.
Classical Performance - Ying Quartet with Bharat Chandra - October 28, 2016
The Ying Quartet, with guest clarinetist Bharat Chandra, will be giving concerts at the Historic Asolo Theater this weekend, but they’re stopping by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio first to play for you live on the radio! Hear the music of Mozart and Brahms, as well as conversation with Bethany Cagle.
Jazz Highlights - Acme Jazz Garage
Jazz funk fusion band Acme Jazz Garage joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in the WUSF studios for conversation and music in advance of their upcoming performance at the Palladium in St. Petersburg (October 29). Acme Jazz Garage is Philip Booth on bass, Matt Swenson on guitar, Bryan Lewis on piano, and Jean Bolduc on drums. Air date October 28, 2016
Jazz Highlights - Lorri Hafer
Bay Area vocalist and All Night Jazz Host Lorri Hafer joins Mike Cornette in the studio for some conversation and music in advance of the upcoming Suncoast Jazz Classic (November 18-20 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort). She’s joined by her husband Mike Hafer on piano and her son Paul Hafer on bass. Air date October 27, 2016
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera's Don Pasquale - October 26, 2016
Sarasota Opera’s production of Don Pasquale begins this Friday (October 28, 2016). Classical WSMR will give you a preview when Russell welcomes some of the cast members from the opera to sing for you live from our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio!
Jazz Highlights - James Meets James
Vocalist Whitney James is joined by trumpeter James Suggs and La Lucha (John O’Leary, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman) in our performance studio for live music and conversation with Mike Cornette in advance of their upcoming “James Meets James, Ballads and Blues” concert at the Palladium.
Jazz Highlights - Butch Thomas
Former Sting and Jaco Pastorius saxophonist Butch Thomas joins Mike Cornette in the studio for a conversation and some music in advance of his headlining appearance at the first annual Jazz By The Bay concert in Gulfport. Thomas discusses his first encounters with Jaco, Michael Brecker, Lenny Kravitz and Sting.
Jazz Highlights - Brian Bromberg
Internationally renowned jazz bassist Brian Bromberg speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his upcoming appearance at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday.
Jazz Highlights - Dave Stryker
Guitarist Dave Stryker, who had the most played CD on All Night Jazz in 2014 with his “Eight Track” release talks with host Mike Cornette about the sequel, “Eight Track Two” and about his experience working with tenor saxophone legend Stanley Turrentine.
Jazz Highlights - Greg Murphy
Pianist Greg Murphy speaks with All Night Jazz host, Mike Cornette about his new release “Summer Breeze” and about his time with Rahshied Ali, former drummer for John Coltrane.
Classical Performance - Matt Haimovitz, cello - October 14, 2016
Acclaimed Israeli cellist Matt Haimovitz is coming to town to play a series of concerts featuring Bach’s Cello Suites paired with overtures created by leading contemporary composers from around the world. You can get a preview of these concerts as Russell welcomes Matt to our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio for live music and conversation.
Classical Performance - Svetozar Ivanov and Bliss Kohlmyer, October 12, 2016
USF faculty pianist Svetozar Ivanov will be presenting a multimedia program in collaboration with dance faculty member Bliss Kohlmyer in a program inspired by Jean Cocteau's 1930 film "Blood of a Poet". The music includes a few tangos by Barber, Stravinsky, Satie, and others. We’ll give you a preview of this concert when Russell Gant welcomes Svetozar and Bliss to our studio for some live music and conversation.
Classical Performance - Bridge Trio, October 3, 2016
The Bridge Trio is presenting a concert at the Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton called "Coming to America" featuring music by John Adams, Ernest Bloch, and the Dvorak f minor Piano Trio. We’ll give you a little preview of that concert as Bethany Cagle welcomes the Bridge Trio to our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio for live music and conversation.
Classical Performance - The St. Petersburg Opera Company
The St. Petersburg Opera Company will start their 11th season performing Verdi next month. Bethany Cagle got a preview of what’s to come when Maestro Mark Sforzini and singers from the St. Petersburg Opera perform highlights of Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Jazz Highlights - Jack Wilkins and Chris Rottmayer
Mike Cornette speaks with Jack Wilkins, the director of Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida and Chris Rottmayer about John Coltrane
Jazz Highlights - Show Biz Kids
Mike Cornette has a conversation with the Steely Dan tribute band Show Biz Kids
Jazz Highlights - La Lucha
Mike Cornette chats with Best of the Bay Jazz Ensemble La Lucha
Classical Performance - Pianist Joseph Holt - September 21, 2016
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota kicks off its new season on October 2nd with a concert featuring violinist Dan Jordan, and pianist Joseph Holt in a program called “The Best of the “B” Composers.” - and you can get a preview of that concert as Joseph Holt stops by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio to play for you live on the radio! They’ll also talk with Russell about this year’s Sarasota Giving Challenge, and an upcoming concert at the Sarasota Opera House featuring five pianist playing 5 Steinway Grand Pianos!
Jazz Highlights - Jeremy Carter Tribute to Michael Brecker
Jeremy Carter and Mike Cornette discuss upcoming tribute concert to Michael Brecker
Classical Performance - 2016 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival 2
The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival is underway at USF in Tampa and Bethany welcomes three young performers into our Tampa studio. Pianists Rolando Alejandro, Noah Hardaway, and Jiarong Liu play music by Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, and a piece by William Bolcom complete with foot stomps and piano tapping!

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