Arts and culture

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Musicians with the FGCU Jazz Nonet take over WGCU’s performance studio with a live performance!  Members of the group include students studying music performance and music education at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music.  Under the direction of Jazz Studies professor and bassist Brandon Robertson, members of the ensemble have spent the last semester studying the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans from the iconic 1957 compilation album “Birth of the Cool.”

Courtesy of James Greco, FGCU

Emmy nominated bassist, composer and music educator and advocate Brandon Robertson performs live in studio ahead of the anticipated release of his first album, “Bass’d on a True Story,” this summer.  The original jazz compositions on the new album serve as an audio-biography of Robertson’s life journey through music with songs influenced by his real-life experiences.  In addition to recording and performing in Southwest Florida with the Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Quartet, Robertson is a music professor at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music where he is Director of Jazz Studies.  

The ninth annual Fort Myers Film Festival kicks off April 10 and runs through April 14.  Over the course of the festival, 89 films will be screened at locations throughout the city along with a red carpet gala, filmmaker Q&As, music performances and much more.  We’ll get a preview from film festival director and founder Eric Raddatz.  We’ll also talk with filmmaker and screenwriter KT Curran, whose poignant film about school bullying and gun violence, “Surviving Lunch,” will be featured. 

Sanibel Poetry Fest

Apr 4, 2019

In recognition of National Poetry Month, the 19th annual Sanibel Poetry Fest takes place April 8 at the newly renovated Sanibel Island Public Library.  This year’s event highlights the works of 18 poets from the island and around Southwest Florida.  We’ll learn more about the event and hear from some of this year’s featured poets including Dorothy Brooks, Robert Hilliard and Joe Pacheco.

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We’re just three months into 2019, but already our regular Thursday “Arts Edition” installments of the program have showcased a broad cross section of Southwest Florida’s musical talent through live in-studio performances.