Tour life, new albums, and more in these intriguing discussions between radio hosts and artists.
JANICE KAPLAN 02/2020:
We tell girls that they can be anything. So why do 90% of Americans believe that geniuses are typically men? New York Times best selling author and journalist Janice Kaplan explores the powerful forces that have rigged the system and celebrates the women geniuses past and present that triumph anyway.
CLARE POOLEY (02/2020):
Six strangers, connected by one green notebook, find out what happens when you shed the lies and start telling the truth instead. “The Authenticity Project”, a novel by Clare Pooley – is one that touches on topics such as addiction, self isolation and the harm of social media. In a world where we are increasingly becoming more and more lonely, Pooley found out the hard way that honoring your truth amidst all of your flaws is where the real magic is.
JAKE SHIMABUKURO (02/2020):
Kendra Weaver talks with Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro about his latest album - "Trio".
JUDY CARMICHAEL (09/2019): Judy Carmichael celebrates her twentieth anniversary on air with 'Jazz Inspired' - and WUCF-FM is honored to be there from the beginning. Kendra Weaver catches up with Judy in this genuine conversation about her life that she discloses in her memoir - "Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures From Hollywood to Harlem" as well as future plans for her show and upcoming projects.
CHIP WHITE (10/2018): Chip talks his newest album - "New Dedications and Latin Moods". Chartbound for JazzWeek, White talks his All Star Ensemble, inspiration behind the dedication series, poetry and more...
KD LANG (09/18): Kendra speaks with KD Lang on her "Ingenue Redux" worldwide tour.
ERIC JACOBSEN (09/18): Kendra speaks with the director of the Orlando Philharmonic, who's new season begins Sept 29!
PETER CLAYTON (09/18): Kendra talks with Peter Clayton about his upcoming show at the historic Cocoa Village Playhouse! Auditions are October 6-8, 2018. Show runs January 11-13, 2019.
BONEY JAMES (08/18): Bob Kelley talks to Boney about his upcoming show at the Plaza Live Theater Aug 31, at 8 PM.
HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA (08/18): Harold will be playing with Pedrito Martinez this Saturday, 9/1 at the Latin Jazz & Art Festival.
CHARLIE DECHANT (08/14/18): Kayonne Riley speaks with Charlie DeChant live in the studio.
JUDY CARMICHAEL (08/18): Celebrated pianist and host of "Jazz Inspired" speaks with Kendra Weaver about her new memoir "Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood to Harlem", being vulnerable, following your internal compass and staying focused.
RICHIE COLE (8/18): Richie will be playing at Heidi's Jazz Club Fri Aug 31 and Sat Sept 1.
THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER (05/31/2018): Kayonne Riley of WUCF-FM interviews singer Alan Paul, one of the founding members of the vocalese group: Manhattan Transfer. Alan shares a look at how the band was formed, and how they created their new album "The Junction."
RODNEY WHITTAKER (04/12/18): Kendra speaks with Rodney Whitaker about directing the Jazz Orchestra in Orlando and their show “A Swingin’ Good Time” at the Dr. Phillips Center April 27th & 28th.
JANE BUNNETT (03/20/18): Kendra speaks with Jane about discovering Afro-Cuban music, what she would tell her younger self, and her female supergroup – Maqueue.
SINNE EEG (02/13/18): Kayonne Riley interviews Danish singer Sinne Eeg about her new album “Dreams” and about her upcoming performance at the Sarasota Jazz Festival March 8-10.
HOUSTON PERSON( 02/06/18): Kayonne Riley interviews saxophonist Houston Person about his new album “Rain or Shine” and about his upcoming performance at the Sarasota Jazz Festival March 8-10.
ERIC JACOBSEN (01/29/17): Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” Music Director, conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen speaks with Kendra Weaver about working with The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Mary Birnbaum and the upcoming comedic opera – “Elixir of Love”.
JACK SIMPSON (07/13/17): Jack Simpson celebrates 50 years of Jazz On The Beach at the end of July 2017, and former WUCF-FM staff member Orlando Montoya interviewed Jack to talk about his life, on and off the air.
IMER SANTIAGO (05/06/2017): Imer Santiago and his students in Jazz Band A at Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee were selected to compete next weekend May 11-13th at Lincoln Center, NYC against 14 other schools across North America in the “Essentially Ellington” competition. Kendra Weaver speaks with Santiago about the prestigious event!
NANCY KELLY (03/23/17): Nancy Kelly talks Birdland, how the industry has changed and playing in Orlando for the first time this April at the Blue Bamboo. (Interviewed by Kendra Weaver)
CURTIS STIGERS (02/08/17): Kendra Weaver speaks with Curtis Stigers, an American jazz vocalist, who talks about his newest album, touring and his love for a range of music genres.
BRIA SKONBERG (01/01/18): Kendra Weaver speaks with trumpeter, singer and songwriter Bria Skonberg about life in NYC, inspiration vs. influence and her role as an educator.
MARY BIRNBAUM (01/29/17): The stage director of Elixir of Love, speaks with Kendra Weaver about her role, her training in Paris and teaching at Julliard.
SARAH WATKINS (01/29/17): Sarah Watkins talks with Kendra Weaver about her newest album, “Young in All the Wrong Ways” and is honored to play with the Orlando Philharmonic at The Plaza Live Theatre.
SHIRLEY HORN (10/20/16): Reporter Kyle Eagle spoke with the album’s producer. The first previously unreleased recordings by Shirley Horn in nearly a decade!
BRIAN LYNCH (12/15/16): Kyle Eagle interviews Brian Lynch who was nominated for a Grammy for his album, Madera Latino.
ERIC JACOBSEN (10/12/16): Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” Music Director, conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen speaks with Kendra Weaver about working with The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the upcoming operetta “Candide” this weekend at The Plaza Live.
JAKE SHIMABUKURO (08/31/16): Ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro talks with Kendra Weaver about his newest album, “Nashville Sessions”, his upcoming tour and his love for the instrument.
NELS CLINE (08/16): Nels Cline talks about his newest album on Blue Note Records.
CAROL STEIN (08/09/16): Pianist and singer Carol Stein talks with Kayonne Riley about the upcoming concert Divas & Divos – a benefit from the Steinway Society of Orlando that raises funds for piano lessons and pianos for economically disadvantaged kids.