Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive

Jazz Highlights - Dominic Walker and Ona Kirei
All Night Jazz host Dominic Walker is also a guitarist. On this performance and interview he's joined by Spanish singer Ona Kirei as they preview their upcoming performance on April 23 at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg. Mike Cornette hosts. Air date: 4-18-2019.
Jazz Highlights - Nate Najar From Rio with Love
Guitarist Nate Najar brings his all-star band to the WUSF Studios to preview his upcoming, April 18, Palladium show "From Rio with Love - Bossa Nova." With Nate: Tommy Cecil on bass, Eddie Metz, Jr. on drums and Daniela Soledade on vocals. Mike Cornette hosts. Air Date: 4-17-2019.
Jazz Highlights - Dave Meder
All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette speaks to pianist Dave Meder in advance of his appearance at the Jim Burge Jazz Festival at the Carrollwood Cultural Center on April 13, 2019. Meder, originally from Tampa, studied at F.S.U. and is currently the Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at the prestigious University of North Texas . His latest release, called "Passage" features Miguel Zenon and Chris Potter. Air Date: 4-11-2019
Jazz Hightlights - Jackson Harpe Collective
All Night Jazz host Jackson Harpe brings the Jackson Harpe Collective to the WUSF studios for music and conversation in advance of his April 4, 2019 performance at Studio@620. All Night Jazz host Dominic Walker is also in the band. Mike Cornette hosts. Air date: 3-28-2019.
Classical Performance - Jenny Jieun Park, pianist - March 21, 2019
Pianist Jenny Jieun Park joins Bethany Cagle in studio to talk about the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival and growin up in Tampa, and a performance of a Prelude by Rachmaninov and two Scarlatti Sonatas.
Jazz Highlights - State College of Florida Big Band
Dr. Peter Carney brings his State College of Florida Manatee Sarasota Big Band to the WUSF studios for a performance. The band will be appearing at the Neel Center n Bradenton on March 21 with: SCF Goes to the Movies - From Casablanca to La La Land. Mike Cornette hosts. Air date 3-20-2019.
Jazz Highlights - James Suggs
Tampa Bay trumpeter James Suggs stopped by the WUSF All Night Jazz studios to chat with host Mike Cornette about his CD Release concert coming up on March 16 at the Palladium. Air date: March 14, 2019.
Classical Performance - Opera Tampa "The Pearlfishers" - March 5, 2019
Cast members from Opera Tampa's production of Bizet's "The Pearlfishers" stop by our studio to perform highlights from the opera - Bethany Cagle hosts.
Jazz Highlights - Alexis Cole
Singer Alexis Cole shares music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of her appearance at the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival for 2019. Air date: 2-28-2019
Jazz Highlights - Dick Hyman and Randy Sandke
Legendary pianist Dick Hyman and trumpeter Randy Sandke share music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of their upcoming performances at the Sarasota Jazz Festival. Air date 2-27-2019.
Jazz Highlights - Valerie Gillespie
Tampa Bay saxophonist and singer Valerie Gillespie shares music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of her upcoming appearance at the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival running from February 27 - March 2, 2019. Air date: 2-22-2019.
Jazz Highlights - Randy Brecker
Trumpet master Randy Brecker joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation in advance of his upcoming Sarasota Jazz Festival appearance. Air Date: 2-21-2019
Jazz Highlights - Roxy Coss
Saxophonist Roxy Coss shares music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of her appearance at the Sarasota Jazz Festival on March 8, 2019. Air date: 2-20-2019
Jazz Highlights - Bill Charlap
Pianist Bill Charlap shares music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of his upcoming appearance at the Sarasota Jazz Festival on March 9, 2019. Air date: 2-15-2019.
Jazz Highlights - Mary Stallings
Singer Mary Stallings shares music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of her upcoming appearance at the Sarasota Jazz Festival on March 8, 2019. Air date 2-13-2019.
Jazz Highlights - Behn Gillece
Vibraphonist Behn Gillece discusses his latest release "Parallel Universe" with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera "Turandot" - January 25, 2019
Cast members from the Sarasota Opera's production of "Turandot" stop by with Maestro Victor DeRenzi to sing selections and talk about their upcoming performances. Russell Gant hosts.
Jazz Highlights - Ellen Rowe
Pianist, composer and University of Michigan jazz educator, Ellen Rowe, joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation as she prepares to bring her "Momentum - Portraits of Women in Motion" to the University of South Florida's Monday Night Jazz Series on January 28, 2019. The all-star, all-woman recording features notables such as Ingrid Jensen, Virginia Mayhew, Allison Miller and more. Throughout the recording Rowe pays tribute to women who have inspired her including Michelle Obama, Sojourner Truth, Billie Jean King and others. Air date: 1-23-2019.
Jazz Highlights - Interplay
Tampa Bay trio Interplay join All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation in our WUSF studios. Interplay, with Joe Aroloma on bass, Matt Bokulic on piano and Fred Edinborgh on drums, have been playing at Positano's Ristorante in Palm Harbor for over half a decade. Air date: 12-13-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Nate Najar Jazz Holiday
Guitarist Nate Najar and singer Daniela Soledade join All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation in advance of Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday, the annual Christmas concert Nate hosts at the Palladium. Air date: 12-12-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Cheryl Bentyne
Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer chats with All Night Jazz Host Mike Cornette about her latest recordings and her upcoming appearance with Manhattan Transfer at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Air Date 12-7-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Mark Moultrup and James Suggs
Pianist Mark Moultrup and trumpeter James Suggs share some holiday spirit with selections from Mark's new Christmas CD "Christmas Time This Year." Mike Cornette hosts. Air date: 11-30-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Herb Alpert
Trumpeter and music industry icon Herb Alpert speaks with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette about his history as a performer, his time as the head of A&M Records, his work as a visual artist and more in advance of an upcoming performance at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Air date: 11-29-2018
Jazz Highlights - Jason Marsalis
Vibraphonist Jason Marsalis joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation. Part of what's been called the "First Family of Jazz," Marsalis is the youngest sibling to Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Marsalis will be performing at the Palladium in St. Petersburg on December 7th. Air date 11-28-2018.
Classical Performance - Opera Tampa's "Die Fledermaus" - November 19, 2018
Cast members from Opera Tampa's production of Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus" stop by the Tampa Studios to sing some selections for you, and Stage Director James Marvel discusses the production and more.
Jazz Highlights - Nate Najar and Tommy Cecil
Guitarist Nate Najar and bassist Tommy Cecil share music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in advance of their multiple appearances at the Suncoast Jazz Festival at Sand Key. Air date: 11-15-2018
Jazz Highlights - Tarpon Springs Conservatory Jazz Ensemble
The Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory of the Arts Jazz Ensemble join All Night Jazz Host Mike Cornette in the WUSF studios for music and conversation. Led by Chris De Leon the band will kick off the Suncoast Jazz Festival on Friday, November 16. Air date: 11-14-2018
Classical Performance - Perlman Music Program Suncoast Alumni String Quartet - Nov. 14, 2018
Join Russell on the radio as he features 4 young artists who’ve all participated in the Perlman Music Program Suncoast in Sarasota. They’ll be playing some Beethoven and Ravel and we’ll talk about their experiences with working with the world’s greatest violinist.
Jazz Highlights - Dave Bennett 2018
Clarinetist Dave Bennett shares music and conversation with All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette ahead of his appearance at the Suncoast Jazz Festival on November 16-18 at the Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater. Air date 11-8-2018
Jazz Highlights - Adrian Cunningham
Australian born multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham, called the "Down under sax star" by the Wall Street Journal, shares music and conversation in advance of his upcoming appearances at the Palladium on November 15 and at the Suncoast Jazz Festival at Sand Key on November 16-18. All Night Jazz Director Mike Cornette hosts. Air date: 11-07-2018
Jazz Highlights - Rossano Sportiello
Italian born pianist Rossano Sportiello joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation in advance of his upcoming appearance at the Suncoast Jazz Festival beginning November 16 at the Sheraton and Marriott Sand Key Resorts. Air date 11-1-2018
Jazz Highlights - Terell Stafford
Trumpeter Terell Stafford joins All Night Jazz host Jackson Harpe for music and conversation in advance of his upcoming Monday Night Jazz performance on the campus of the University of South Florida scheduled for November 5, 2018. Air date: 10-30-2018.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera "Barber of Seville" - October 30, 2018
The cast from the Sarasota Opera's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" stops by our studios to talk about the production and sing for you live on the radio. Russell Gant hosts.
Classical Performance - Pepe Romero
Superstar Classical Guitarist Pepe Romero is in our performance studio for a live broadcast! Join Bethany Cagle and the world renowned guitarist as we learn about his upcoming Hispanic Heritage Concert in Ybor City featuring plenty of guitar music, singing, and dancing from Pepe's wife and daughter!
Jazz Highlights - Marcus Miller
Bassist extraordinaire Marcus Miller joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation ahead of his appearance at the 2018 Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Air date: 10-18-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Gumbi Ortiz
Percussionist Gumbi Ortiz stops by the WUSF All Night Jazz Studios to chat about the upcoming Giving Hunger the Blues and Jazz on the Bay Festival where he'll headline the jazz stage on October 12, 2018. A longtime fixture on Tampa Bay's jazz scene, Ortiz has also been guitar wizard Al Di Meola's touring percussionist for 30 years. Jazz Director Mike Cornette hosts. Air date 10-04-2018.
Classical Performance - Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota: Joseph Holt, piano and Carmen de Vicente, castanets
Pianist Joseph Holt stops by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast studio to play, and talk about his upcoming concert called Piano Grand III. This will feature a concert of 10 pianists playing 5 Steinway Concert Grand Pianos at the Sarasota Opera House. It’s going to be a fun half hour of music and conversation including some Castanets!
Jazz Highlights - John Lamb
Former Duke Ellington bassist John Lamb joins current WUSF Jazz Director Mike Cornette and former WUSF Jazz Director Bob Seymour for reminiscences about his illustrious career. John is preparing for an appearance for the 2018-19 kickoff of the Monday Night Jazz Series at the University of South Florida on October 1st, 2018.
Jazz Highlights - La Lucha Pa' Lante
Bay Area favorites La Lucha pay WUSF's All Night Jazz a visit to discuss their new recording, Pa' Lante, and their upcoming concert on September 14, 2018 at the Palladium Side Door in St. Petersburg. Mike Cornette hosts. Air date 9-6-2018.
Jazz Highlights - Thomas Carabasi's New Jazz Standards Quintet
Drummer Thomas Carabasi brings his New Jazz Standards Quintet into the studio for a performance in advance of their upcoming appearance in the Mainstage Theatre at HCC/Ybor City for the Tampa Jazz Club. The band is a Tampa Bay all-star ensemble including James Suggs on trumpet, Jeremy Carter on tenor sax, Alejandro Arenas on bass and John O'Leary on piano. Michael Cornette hosts. Air date 8-16-2018. (Photos by Steve Splane).
Jazz Highlights - Chick Corea
Legendary pianist Chick Corea joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for music and conversation in advance of his upcoming appearance at the Capitol Theatre on August 17. Air date 8-09-2018.
Nate Najar and Phill Fest - Bossa Nova Guitars
Virtuoso guitarists Nate Najar and Phill Fest join All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette for conversation and some wonderful Brazilian music as they prepare for their Bossa Nova Guitar performance August 3 at the Palladium Side Door. Air Date 8-2-2018
Jazz Highlights - Jeremy Carter
Bay Area saxophonist Jeremy Carter joins All Night Jazz host Mike Cornette in the studio for conversation and music in advance of his upcoming performance at the Palladium Side Door. Air date: 7-26-2018.
Classical Performance - 2018 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival - July 24, 2018
The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival is underway at the USF School of Music. Piano students from all over the world travel to Tampa to participate in this tuition free festival with the acclaimed faculty. Listen for some of the festival’s best students this morning when Jung-Eun Kim plays a selection from the Bach Partita No. 4, Isabella Ma has a lovely Noel by Messiaen, and Natalie Pang plays the Andante from the Sonata No. 2 by Scriabin.
Classical Performance - Opera Tampa - July 17, 2018
Opera Tampa will be performing Gilbert and Sullivan favorites at the Straz Center later this month. We’ll get a preview of what’s to come when the Opera Tampa Singers offer a few highlights on Classical WSMR. Join us for the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan!
Classical Performance - 2018 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival - July 12, 2018
The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival returns to the University of South Florida in Tampa this week. There will be festival concerts scheduled at the USF Barness Recital Hall and concerts in Tampa and in cities around Pinellas County. Join Bethany Cagle as she invites pianists from the festival to our studio for a live performance and conversation.
Jazz Highlights - Kurt Elling
Grammy Award winning singer Kurt Elling joins All Night Jazz Host Mike Cornette for music and conversation as they discuss his new recording "The Questions." Air date 7-5-2018.
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.