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Side Player Stories

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Get an in-depth look inside the lives of professional musicians. Hosted by musician and 89.9 FM producer Jesse Morgado, Side Player Stories offers fast-paced and fun conversations with musical guests who are “side players” – artists whose unique talents and musical abilities create opportunities to make their living playing for many different bands.

Get an in-depth look inside the lives of professional musicians. Hosted by musician and 89.9 FM producer Jesse Morgado, Side Player Stories offers fast-paced and fun conversations with musical guests who are “side players” – artists whose unique talents and musical abilities create opportunities to make their living playing for many different bands.

Location:

United States

Description:

Get an in-depth look inside the lives of professional musicians. Hosted by musician and 89.9 FM producer Jesse Morgado, Side Player Stories offers fast-paced and fun conversations with musical guests who are “side players” – artists whose unique talents and musical abilities create opportunities to make their living playing for many different bands.

Twitter:

@WUCFFM

Language:

English

Contact:

4078235796


Episodes

Cindy Blackman Santana - Season 2 - Episode 12

9/22/2022
Hearing Max Roach for the first time changed Cindy Blackman Santana’s outlook. Studying under jazz greats such as Art Blakey, Alan Dawson and Jackie Mclean – she got to know jazz at its roots. This would prove both helpful and useful when it came to auditions and gigs down the line. Whether it was playing onstage every night with Lenny Kravitz or Santana – her connection to music surpasses the physical sense.

Duration:01:03:55

Justin Gilbert - Season 2 - Episode 11

9/15/2022
Atlanta native Justin Gilbert wasn’t always so keen on piano lessons. In fact, he made it quite difficult for his mother. But now you may find him playing the keys with Miss Alicia Keys herself. Growing up in church really formed his playing. Touring the world with Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids gave him standout moments he doesn’t take for granted. Following advice from cherished conversations – he has learned to ‘hurry up and take his time’.

Duration:00:42:25

Freebo - Season 2 - Episode 10

9/8/2022
Amidst the evolution of rhythm & blues to funk and rock music – Freebo was cutting his teeth as a session musician in Los Angeles. Favoring the fretless bass, he also plays tuba which has allowed him to be readily available for gigs that came his way. Partnering up with Bonnie Raitt at the start of her career in the early 70s became a decade long professional relationship. Most recently you will find him working with the talented folk singer songwriter Alice Howe.

Duration:01:11:15

Jennifer Batten - Season 2 - Episode 09

9/1/2022
A graduate from the rigorous Guitar Institute of Technology, Jennifer Batten found herself at an audition of a lifetime for Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour. A standout – she booked the job and went on to work for him for two subsequent tours. She’s played for Jeff Beck, Cirque Du Soleil and more. Finding that the joy of music doesn’t have to involve other people...she continues her pursuit – most recently featured on Survivor’s Jim Peterik & World Stage’s latest album - “Tigress - Women Who Rock...

Duration:00:54:04

Clive Deamer - Season 2 - Episode 08

8/25/2022
Drawn to the drums at a young age, Clive Deamer was inspired by and educated in the jazz realm. He then dove into the world of rock and began his professional venture touring with Hawkwind. The UK birthed amazing bands – which he had the chance to play with such as Radiohead, Portishead and the legendary Robert Plant. Learning the difference between power and volume, synching up with another drummer in a band and effortlessly transitioning styles have made him the great session player he is...

Duration:01:01:54

Rhonda Smith - Season 2 - Episode 07

8/18/2022
Rhonda Smith found herself as the first call bassist for not one but two icons – Prince and Jeff Beck. Her journey began in Canada where she studied Jazz Performance. From there – her tireless work ethic, improvisation and adaptability turned her into the artist she is today. Her decision to bring a fretless bass to an audition changed the course of her life.

Duration:00:55:14

Ilan Rubin - Season 2 - Episode 06

8/11/2022
Getting his start on the drums at age 8, Ilan Rubin was determined to play music on the big stages...and that he did. Inspired by the bands who push boundaries and strive for freedom in their catalog – he has followed suit – becoming his own definition no labels attached. You may have seen him rocking out with Nine Inch Nails, Angels and Airwaves or Paramore. We learn what a lesson with Travis Barker is like and how he got a mask of Freddie Mercury’s face. His band – The New Regime – is one...

Duration:01:23:32

John Chin - Season 2 - Episode 05

8/4/2022
A pianist who has been honing his chops in New York since 1998 and been compared to a chameleon – effortlessly taking shape to what’s in front of him. He’s played with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Yasushi Nakamura, Alan Feber and many more. We discuss his jazz education, polyphonic improvisation and his tribute to Mose Allison!

Duration:00:53:51

Emily Retsas - Season 2 - Episode 04

7/28/2022
Coming from a small town in Australia, Emily has made headway in the States living the dream. But that came from tirelessly playing in bands to get her name out there – 32 at once! She has proven her versatility – currently touring with Phoebe Bridgers and headlining festivals such as Coachella and rocking out with her idol Kim Gordon. We get into her rig preferences, influences and more.

Duration:00:52:23

Dontae Winslow - Season 2 - Episode 03

7/21/2022
Born and raised on the streets of Baltimore, Dontae turned to the trumpet as his saving grace. His performing arts high school and time studying jazz set him on a path of exploring multiple genres and eventually producing and performing with some of the industry’s best. Fresh off the SuperBowl and Oscars high, we sit down and dive into world tours, working with Dr. Dre on “Straight Outta Compton” and his connection with music.

Duration:01:09:48

Pauli Lovejoy - Season 2 - Episode 02

7/14/2022
This multi-talented percussionist, DJ and music director is a joy to watch onstage – living up every second with every ounce of energy he has. Combining his love for space and music – he has transcended boundaries and continues to reach for the stars. From FKA Twigs and the Gorillaz to now playing alongside Harry Styles every night – find out how Pauli made it big.

Duration:00:46:36

Sheila E - Season 2 - Episode 01

7/7/2022
The Queen of Percussion recounts meeting Prince and the music that followed, the special energy that always surrounds her family’s sessions, touring with Marvin Gaye and Ringo Starr challenging her in new ways. From the Bay area with pots and pans to worldwide gigs with the biggest stars – she's never stopped loving what she does.

Duration:00:44:21

Side Player Stories - Season 2

6/23/2022
You may not know their names, but you know their sounds–Side Player Stories is back for Season 2. And–it's better than ever. In this weekly series, musician and WUCF FM producer Jesse Morgado gets an in-depth look inside the lives of professional musicians. Side Player Stories offers fast-paced and fun conversations with musical guests who are “side players”–artists including the queen of Percussion Sheila E. (Prince, Ringo Starr, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Stevie Nicks), bassist and tubist...

Duration:00:02:03

NewsNight | November 5, 2021

11/5/2021
As the United States prepares to welcome International tourists back with new across-the-board travel rules for overseas visitors, NewsNight looks at the potential economic impact of the move on Central Florida’s hospitality industry. Plus, with tourism set to grow faster as the delta surge ends, are local businesses able to meet customer demand?

Duration:00:26:34

Emedin Rivera - Episode 12

9/23/2021
It’s all about the rhythms with Emedin Rivera – a percussionist with Latin Caribbean African influence. Sharing the stage with Sting, Gregory Hines, Stevie Wonder and Michael Bolton are just a few highlights of his illustrious career.

Duration:00:37:23

Royce Campbell - Episode 11

9/16/2021
Inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry, guitarist Royce Campbell scored a touring gig with Marvin Gaye at 21 years old. He was a member of Henry Mancini’s Orchestra for twenty years, and, has many of his own recordings in film and television soundtracks.

Duration:00:25:19

Billy Norris and Ian O'Neill - Episode 10

9/9/2021
Guitarist Billy Norris and drummer Ian O'Neill met each other when they were both playing in the band for Gavin DeGraw. Now Billy is the musical director and guitarist for Gavin, and Ian is the drummer for the band Lady A on their U.S. tour. Find out how signing on to play for the same artist can result in a lifetime friendship.

Duration:00:56:38

Larry Baeder - Episode 09

9/2/2021
Larry Baeder has been the guitarist for the House Band at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York City. He’s shared the stage and recorded with artists including Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon and James Taylor. His home base of Key West Florida is now the perfect location for this in-demand side player.

Duration:00:41:43

Charles Goold - Episode 08

8/26/2021
Drummer – Charles Goold – has played with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, John Hendricks and Johnny O’Neal. He’s backed rappers Cam’ron, Talib Kweli, and Ghostface Killah. His story starts where he began, as the son of Ned Goold – who was the saxophonist for Harry Connick Jr, Jack McDuff, and more.

Duration:00:45:31

Jeff Coffin - Episode 07

8/19/2021
You may know the Dave Matthews Band...and their saxophonist? Well, that’s Jeff Coffin. Since 2008, he has been touring and grooving fronting other bands in his spare time. Previously he was part of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones racking up 3 Grammy’s along the way.

Duration:00:49:55