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  • Musicians studying under the Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music’s Director of Jazz Studies Brandon Robertson join us for an hour of music performed live in the WGCU performance studio! We’ll hear a mix of vocal performances as well as music selections from an instrumental jazz trio.
  • We listen back to some of our favorite music selections performed on Gulf Coast Life Arts Edition throughout 2021 including music from The Swingin’ Clique, Perfect Sequence, Bill Metts and Bruce Gallant, John Housley, and the Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music Jazz Combo.
  • As 2021 comes to an end we listen back to some of our favorite music selections performed on Gulf Coast Life Arts Edition over the past year.
  • Sanibel Island Poet Joe Pacheco recites selected works from his extensive body of poetry. Legendary classical and jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist David Amram also joins for a poetry/jazz collaborative performance.
  • An encore presentation of our show from earlier this year featuring music performed live in studio by the Southwest Florida-based band The Swingin’ Clique.
  • We listen back tour our show from April with music recorded live in studio by members of the Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music’s Jazz combo. The students spent the last school year writing and collaborating on their own music.
  • Members of the Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music’s Jazz combo have spent the last year writing and collaborating on their own music under the direction of FGCU’s Director of Jazz Studies Brandon Robertson. We’ll meet members of this elite jazz ensemble and hear them perform original tunes composed by each member. The FGCU Jazz Combo consists of Matthew Edwards (bass), John Gonzalez (drums), Mason Hunn (piano), Frank Saunders (trumpet/soprano saxophone) and Jorge Ylisastigui (tenor saxophone).
  • The Southwest Florida-based band The Swingin’ Clique performs live in the WGCU studios ahead of their physically distanced outdoor show on Saturday, March 13 at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers at 7:30 p.m.The band’s performances create a unique immersive experience with their fresh take on traditional jazz, showtunes and melodies from the Great American Songbook, inducing nostalgia or anemoia for America’s swing era of the 1930s and 1940s.We’ll meet band members Hunter Dahlen (vocals, guitar, violin), Jonathan Ingram (bass), Stephen Johnson (trombone, trumpet), Bobby Ryan (drums) and Amy Sbarra (vocals).
  • About a year ago, Atlanta-based singer and pianist Dara Carter made the WGCU studios the first stop on her recently concluded North American tour after releasing her album, “Hello Freedom.”
  • We listen back to our pre-coronavirus pandemic session featuring music performed live in studio by guitarist Max Hatt and vocalist Edda Glass. You can…