MTPR Music

Information from MTPR music program producers and hosts.

What band practice looks like when members are spread over 3 cities.
Courtesy Modality

Although they live in three cities in two states, the five members of the band Modality practice every Thursday evening. They explain how, and talk about their upcoming album during the Monday Music Special.

Tune in Monday at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online at to learn more about Modality.

Houston Person on the sax in 2006.
Steve Mynett (CC-BY-2)

This week on "What I Like About Jazz:" a tribute to the tenor sax, with a spotlight on two of the masters, Gene Ammons and Houston Person.

When conductor Allan R. Scott first met Claire Huangci, the ten-year-old pianist from Philadelphia was a contestant in a major piano competition, and Scott was president of the competition's jury. Huangci won, and she and Scott performed with six different orchestras all over the U.S.

Gus Chambers tells Morning Classics host, Susan Israel “Hey!  Scooch over a little bit.  It’s time for  Freeforms”.

Chambers races to the station the fourth Wednesday of every month to host Freeforms, a gritty mix of funk, blues, country, seedy taverns and flickering street lamps.

The rain soaked streets will be safe this Wednesday between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Israel responds, “Who’s driving this crate?  Me or You?

Tune in to Wednesday Freeforms at 11:00 a.m. on your radio or online.

This week on "What I Like About Jazz", Director of Jazz Studies Rob Tapper sits in again. This time, for a tribute to drummer Jeff Hamilton, whose trio plays at The University of Montana on February 6.

Pianist Tanya Gabrielian at Montana Public Radio
Josh Burnham

Hear pianist Tanya Gabrielian playing works by Bach, Glinka, Chopin and Sarasate live from MTPR studios this morning.

Considered by many to be the world's foremost steel guitarist, he not only played, but perfected the instrument, designing the Emmons Guitar. His musical versatility spanned genres such as country, swing, jazz, folk, and country-rock, and he performed or recorded with a wide variety of vocalists and musicians including Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, and George Strait.

Holiday Freeforms With Gus Chambers

Dec 22, 2015

Set your smart phone for Gus’ 'Wednesday Freeforms'.
Today’s holiday special is ORANGE. Combining the warmth of RED and the cheerfulness of YELLOW.
Wednesday, December 23, 11:00 a.m. on Montana Public Radio.

Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz" Wednesday night at 8:00 as jazz artists interpret the songs of Stephen Sondheim. Artists as wide ranging as Herbie Hancock, Eden Atwood, Holly Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Mays and Kurt Elling show their chops.

The Snowman: Music & Words by Howard Blake
Great Falls Symphony

Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m., the Great Falls Orchestra and Symphony Choir presents "The Snowman: Music & Words by Howard Blake. "Pea Green Boat" host Annie Garde will be on stage announcing for the show.