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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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.

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