John Arvish

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John Arvish is a public school teacher, as well as host and producer of What I Like About Jazz, Muse's Jukebox, and Blues on the Move. He lives with his wife Carrie, their dog Sunny and cat Pokey and a smorgasbord of good music, theater, art and food.

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This week Monroe Crossing will play three performances of "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" in collaboration with Dolce Canto, Missoula's premier vocal ensemble. They stopped by MTPR to play a few songs and talk about their upcoming shows.

Lee Konitz has been playing and recording since the late 1940s, and at age 87, is still going strong. Lee got his start in recordings of Lennie Tristano and Miles Davis in the late 1940s, and has played with many of the all-time greats, from Charlie Parker to Bill Evans, and modern players including the group Minsara, pianist Brad Mehldau and many more.

Konitz was just voted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, and is a 2009 NEA Jazz Master. Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz" on MTPR for a tribute to the music of Lee Konitz. Wednesday July 22 at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or live online.

Jazz from Montana

Apr 2, 2014

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.

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  classic cuts with many of these great players. What I like About Jazz, Wednesday, March 19, at 8:30 Mountain.

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.

This Wednesday night, tune in for some jazz interpretations of Beatles Standards. We'll hear from Tony Williams, Brad Mehldau, Jim Rotondi, Norman Simmons, Joshua Redman, Marian McPartland and more. Small groups interpret the Fab Four, and it's fabulous. Wednesday, February 19, at 8:30 pm on What I Like About Jazz.

Dwayne Burnoloved bassist who has appeared on well over a hundred recording sessions, and played live with many of the greats of modern jazz. Dwayne lost his long battle with kidney disease this past December, at the age of 43.

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.

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 and Yusef Lateef.

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 the mutlicultural trio Minsrah will all be represented.  The beautiful music and blend of European classical music and jazz wields an influence on both artists 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.

A Tribute to Jim Hall

Dec 10, 2013
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I was deeply saddened to hear today 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  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.

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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.

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).

More new Jazz

Dec 3, 2013

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 Warfield, David Chesky, Harvie S. with Kenny Barron, Eliane Elias, Terence Blanchard and a peek at the brand new Tom Harrell featuring Esperanza Spalding.

Jazz is something I am so thankful for, something I cherish, something meditative and 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 and more. 8:30 tonight on "What I Like About Jazz."

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This week, we'll take a look at jazz artists takes on classic Soul and R&B, with covers of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and more. Artists include Organists Charles Earland and Leon Spencer, Stanley Turrentine, One for All (with Erci Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, and David Hazeltine), Guitarists Paul Bollenback and Phil Upchurch and much more. 8:30 Wednesday on What I Like About Jazz.

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A tribute to Veterans, with a show featuring musicians who were veterans of the U.S. Military.

We'll hear Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Smith, Wayne Shorter, Vince Guaraldi, John Coltrane and more.

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What I Like About Jazz, a special program at a special time, 7:30-9:00 pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

A look at the intimacy and the art of the duet. A special place in jazz when two artists play together. We'll hear Ron Carter and Houston Person, Stan Getz and Kenny Barron, Michel Petrucciani, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson and more.

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Tonight at a special time, 9-10pm, following special programming. We'll hear recordings featuring some of my favorite trumpet players, particularly focusing on albums from the last decade. We'll hear cuts from modern greats like Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargove, Tom Harrell, Terrell Stafford, Jim Rotondi,

Jeremy Pelt and Brian Lynch. That's Tonight on What I Like About Jazz. 

Drummers as leaders

Oct 23, 2013
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Tonight on What I Like About Jazz, drummers as leaders. Of course many people know of a few classic drummers who lead their own groups, like Buddy Rich, Art Blakey and Gene Krupa. But there continues to be

a legacy of drummers as leaders. We'll hear from one or two classics, then delve into some modern greats like Joey Baron, Leon Parker, Ralph Peterson, Alvin Queen and more.

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Part two of a tribute to the late Mulgrew Miller continues as we move into the the present and feature his work over the last 15 years with the likes of Vincent Herring, Jim Rotondi, Lou Soloff, Jeremy Pelt and Ron Carter. We'll also hear music from his own albums, primarily leading a trio. The accomplished pianist, who had successful runs with both Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in the 1980's and and the Tony Williams quintet from 1984 until Williams own death in 1997, also inspired modern players like Geoffrey Keezer and Robert Glasper.  We lost Miller last May at 57.

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What I Like About Jazz this week features part one of a two-part tribute to the late Mulgrew Miller. Miller had a long and varied career as a leader and sideman, prominently featured with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1980's band that also featured Donald Harrison and Terence Blanchard. He then went on to spend 9 years with another great jazz drummer, Tony Williams, playing on 6 albums with his classic quintet that featured Wallace Roney and Billy Pierce, and on Tony's final trio album in 1993. Along the way, he played sideman to a host of jazz greats, as well as many up-and-comers.

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Tonight on WHAT I LIKE ABOUT JAZZ , it's part two of a tribute to the late Cedar Walton. We'll hear a selection of "later" recordings from the last 30 years; solo piano, duets with Ron Carter, the Sweet Basil trio, Eric Alexander and more,  including one of his latest recordings with Houston Person.  8:30 pm Wednesday, October 2.

Tribute to Cedar Walton

Sep 24, 2013
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Tune in Part to What I like About Jazz for a special two-part tribute to the late Cedar Walton, groundbreaking pianist who played with John Coltrane, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, led Eastern Rebellion and the Sweet Basil trio and so much more. Credits over the years have also included several stints with Clifford Jordan, Art Farmer, Vincent Herring, Houston Person and David 'Fathead' Newman among others. 

Sax player Wayne Escoffery, pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, keyboard player Rachel Z. and drummer Justin Brown are playing in Missoula, Sept.21 & 22,  at Daly Jazz. Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz," 8:30-9:30pm on September 18th to hear clips featuring these great modern jazz artists in their formative years, as well as current recordings.