John Arvish


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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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

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."