Category Archives: Jazz

“Big Band Files Christmas Frank Bing and Friends”

This special edition of “The Big Band Files with Doug Miles” features Christmas songs by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby plus a few of their friends. Originally aired WTMY radio in Sarasota, FL.






“Artist Spotlight” Tribute to Diahann Carroll

In this edition of the “Big Band Files” we pay tribute to the talented singer and actress Diahann Carroll who passed away at 84 on October 4, 2019.






“Book Talk” Guest Carolyn Sloan Author “Welcome To Jazz”

Doug Miles talks with Carolyn Sloan author “Welcome to Jazz: A Swing-Along Celebration of America’s Music” on “Talk Across America”. Book link available below in the Amazon box.





Remembering Jazz Legend Duncan Lamont who passed away at 88 July 3, 2019





Artist Spotlight: Jazz Singer Carol Welsman

Doug Miles talks with Jazz singer and pianist Carol Welsman about her new CD, her career in jazz and more plus a few selections from her new album.





Big Band Files with Doug Miles guest singer/actress Eartha Kitt

In this Big Band Files classic, Doug Miles talks with actress and singer Eartha Kitt who was scheduled to perform in Sarasota back in 2006. Also an interview with James Kaplan who wrote a book with Jerry Lewis titled “Dean and Me”. Originally aired WIBQ, now WSRQ radio in Sarasota, FL.





“Big Band Files” with Doug Miles with Guest Jack Jones





Interview with Jazz Musician/Singer John Pizzarelli about his new CD honoring Nat King Cole

Doug Miles talks with jazz musician John Pizzarelli about his new CD honoring Nat King Cole “For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole” CD available here: https://amzn.to/2ImcEZB





39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival Returns March 3 through 9th

(Sarasota, FL) The 39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival returns from March 3 through 9 with over 120 performers and 48 jazz related activities.

The schedule this year features five styles of live jazz (straight ahead, blues, Latin, classic and contemporary), a movie starring Dexter Gordon, and a new play with music about Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin Armstrong, the wife who helped make him a star. In keeping with the theme “Generations of Jazz,” artistic director Ken Peplowski teams established musicians with rising stars, to create never-before-heard combinations of talent.

Sarasota’s Hyatt Regency Hotel is the festival’s home venue this year. Thirteen other venues are also participating during the week.

The festival has grown exponentially, from seven events in 2018 to 48 this year. “We’re bringing more jazz, and more styles of jazz, to more places,” said Jazz Club president Ed Linehan. Besides the Hyatt, other festival locations in Sarasota include Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail; Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Lane; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2256 Bahia Vista Street and ten area clubs participating in the pub crawl by trolley.

On his return engagement as music director, Peplowski has assembled nationally and internationally prominent musicians for “Generations of Jazz,” teaming established performers with rising stars: Dick Hyman, Bill Charlap, Shelly Berg (piano); Randy Brecker, Randy Sandke, Jjames Suggs (trumpet); Houston Person, Roxy Coss, Aaron Johnson (saxophone); John Lamb (bass) and Mary Stallings and Charles Turner (vocals).

In addition to the mainstage performances, this year the Jazz Club introduces afternoon concerts on Friday and Saturday featuring four bands playing concurrently on four themed stages, allowing festival-goers to move among them.

Admission to Sarasota Jazz Festival events ranges from free to a peak of $55 for single tickets, with discounts for Jazz Club members and buyers of combination tickets. Packages including hotel and other VIP offers provide admission to private musician meet-and-greets and preferred seating at some events. The Sarasota Jazz Festival website offers a one-stop approach for information and tickets at https://www.sarasotajazzfestival.org.

Big Band Files with Doug Miles New Year’s Eve Radio Show

Doug Miles hosts this special “New Year’s Eve Big Band Party” as aired originally on WTMY radio.