What I Like About Jazz http://mtpr.org en Jazz from Montana http://mtpr.org/post/jazz-montana <p>Tune in tonight for a special (pre) Public Radio Week look at some of Montana's great jazz artists. From Bozeman to Helena, Billings to Missoula, and even some folks from the Highline: Chester, Miles City and more, Montana has spawned some amazing artists over the last 40 years. We'll hear from Phillip Aaberg, Jack Walrath, Wilbur Rehmann, the Big Sky Mudflaps, Cheap Cologne, MJ Williams, Jenny Fleming, Eden Atwood, David Morgenroth, and Josh Farmer. There's so much great music right here in Montana, one show could hardly contain it. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:38:14 +0000 John Arvish 17100 at http://mtpr.org The rhythm of Al Harewood http://mtpr.org/post/rhythm-al-harewood <p>Drummer Al Harewood anchored a slew of classic albums in the 50's and 60's, including a number of Blue Note records. Albums by the likes of Dexter Gordon, Stanley Turrentine, Horace Parlan, Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, Cutis Fuller, J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding, Ike Quebec, Dizzy Reece and Bobby Hutcherson featured the drumming of this under-appreciated titan and future music educator. Tune in this Wednesday night for a sample of&nbsp; classic cuts with many of these great players. What I like About Jazz, Wednesday, March 19, at 8:30 Mountain.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:44:39 +0000 John Arvish 16378 at http://mtpr.org The return of Blue Note Records, the 1980's http://mtpr.org/post/return-blue-note-records-1980s <p>As one of the premiere jazz record labels, beginning in 1939, Blue Note Records set the tone for jazz to come, especially capitalizing on the rise of Be-Bop with artists like Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson and Art Blakey. After decades of success, the label underwent radical changes beginning with its' sale to Liberty Records. The 1970's did no favours, and the label eventually folded. However, it's popularity in Japan and other parts of the world, and a resurgence in traditional jazz, allowed a re-birth of the label. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:12:05 +0000 John Arvish 15783 at http://mtpr.org The trumpet of Donald Byrd, part 1 http://mtpr.org/post/trumpet-donald-byrd-part-1 <p>Tune in for a special program dedicated to the memory of the late Donald Byrd. Byrd's classic trumpet graced albums by many of the modern greats of the 1950's '60's, from Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, George Wallington, Jackie McLean, two-trum pet albums with both Art Farmer and Lee Morgan, as well as being one of the few trumpet players that John Coltrane chose to record with in his own sessions as a leader. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:54:30 +0000 John Arvish 13668 at http://mtpr.org Paying tribute to artists we lost last year http://mtpr.org/post/paying-tribute-artists-we-lost-last-year <p>Looking back on 2013, some great jazz music came out, but we also lost some amazing performers. Tune in tonight to hear a collage of music from some of those we lost, including Donald Byrd, Frank Wess, Mulgrew Miller, Marian McPartland, Jim Hall and Yusef Lateef. In the coming weeks, we'll take a closer look at several of these artists we've missed along the way, with full specials dedicated to Donald Byrd, Frank Wess&nbsp;and Yusef Lateef.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 01:10:23 +0000 John Arvish 13423 at http://mtpr.org The Beautiful Influence of European Jazz http://mtpr.org/post/beautiful-influence-european-jazz <p>We'll hear tonight from some of the great artists with roots in Europe, with countries including Poland, The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Azerbaijan and more. Amina Figarova, Tord Gustavsen, Bobo Stenson, Tomasz Stanko and&nbsp;the mutlicultural trio Minsrah will all be represented. &nbsp;The beautiful music and blend of European classical music and jazz wields an influence&nbsp;on both&nbsp;artists&nbsp;and on labels such as ECM, and even Sony. What I Like About Jazz focuses on the European connection tonight at 8:30, the first show of 2014.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:55:01 +0000 John Arvish 13131 at http://mtpr.org A Tribute to Jim Hall http://mtpr.org/post/tribute-jim-hall <p>I was deeply saddened&nbsp;to hear today&nbsp;of the passing of one of the great guitar players of modern jazz, Jim Hall, who passed away in his sleep last night at 83. What I Like About Jazz will pay special Tribute to Jim on Wednesday night, featuring cuts asa &nbsp;leader and sideman with people like longtime friend Art Farmer, and modern legends like John Lewis, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Giuffre, Ron Carter, Tom Harrell and more.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:15:53 +0000 John Arvish 12264 at http://mtpr.org A Tribute to Jim Hall Monday Special: a conversation with Wayne Escoffery http://mtpr.org/post/monday-special-conversation-wayne-escoffery <p>Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has been recording music for more than a decade, has played with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, Ron Carter, Ben Riley and many others. Escoffery has also been a member of Tom Harrell's longest continuous group, playing and recording six albums over the last nine years.</p><p>Wayne has also recorded several collaboration albums with his wife, vocalist Carolyn Leonhart. (In addition to her own albums and projects, Carolyn has been a featured singer with Steely Dan for more than a decade).</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:56:18 +0000 John Arvish 11988 at http://mtpr.org Monday Special: a conversation with Wayne Escoffery More new Jazz http://mtpr.org/post/more-new-jazz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More new jazz from the last year or so. There are so many great things out this year, one show wasn't nearly enough. Tune in Wednesday evening at 8:30 for another set of great new jazz, with artists like John Abercrombie, Tim </span>Warfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, David </span>Chesky<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Harvie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> S. with Kenny Barron, </span>Eliane<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Elias, Terence Blanchard and a peek at the brand new Tom Harrell featuring Esperanza Spalding.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 03:22:58 +0000 John Arvish 11947 at http://mtpr.org Thankful for the state of Jazz http://mtpr.org/post/thankful-state-jazz <p>Jazz is something I am so thankful for, something I cherish, something meditative and&nbsp;peaceful, even when it swings hard. The State of Modern Jazz is not just good, it's great. Tonight we'll hear a host of newer jazz, mostly from the last 5 years. Artists include Jimmy Cobb, Jim Rotondi, David Chesky, Ron Carter, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride&nbsp;and more. 8:30 tonight on "What I Like About Jazz."</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:40:55 +0000 John Arvish 11725 at http://mtpr.org