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  • 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 singer/songwriter duo of Bill Metts and Bruce Gallant perform prolifically throughout Southwest Florida, and this week, we they’ve come to the WGCU studios to perform for us! We’ll hear original tunes from these dynamic musicians gain some insight into their approaches to songwriting.
  • 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).
  • Opera Naples inaugural “Festival Under the Stars” concert series runs Wednesday through Saturday with a March 10 performance by renowned tenor Joseph Calleja, performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” March 11 and 13, and a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” featuring Isabel Leonard in the role of Maria. We’ll preview the concert series in a conversation with the multi-Grammy award winning mezzo soprano opera star.
  • The final episode of 2020 marks our annual yearend music review! Despite the ongoing pandemic, musicians in Southwest Florida provided an expansive volume of new music to help get us through this tough year. We’ll hear a selection of some of our favorite new tunes this year drawing from a broad spectrum of genres including Bossa Nova, Alt-Americana, Southern Rock, Reggae/Soul, Synthrock, Alternative Electronic, Flamenco Nuevo and much more!
  • This Thanksgiving Day evening we listen back to our program from earlier this year featuring music performed live in studio by the Southwest Florida-based soul/reggae/rock band The Freecoasters!
  • 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.”
  • Local musicians are persisting and continuing to create new music amid the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. We take a listen back to some brand-new music from some of Southwest Florida’s favorite local musicians that they’ve been working on and releasing amid the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ll hear selections by singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist Kyle Anne from her new EP “Nostalgia,” that came out June 5.
  • We listen back to our show from earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic with the Southwest Florida-based band Exploding Pages performing live in studio ahead of the anticipated release of their latest album “Steady Midnight.”
  • We’ll be treated to music performed live in studio by the Southwest Florida-based soul/reggae/rock band The Freecoasters!Amid the COVID-19 outbreak the band has released its much anticipated second full-length studio album titled, “A Different Kind of Heat.” The album follows the release of their debut album, “Show Up,” in 2016.We’ll learn more about band members Marc Davis (percussion), Claire Liparulo (lead vocals, guitar), Shane Praefke (organ, piano), Gina Calabrese-Hendershot (vocals) and John Schiller (bass) and their approach to blending musical genres. We’ll hear selections from the new album performed live, and explore how band members are coping amid the ongoing viral pandemic.