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John Floridis

Host and Producer

John Floridis, the host and producer of Musician's Spotlight, has been with Montana Public Radio since 1997. He has interviewed over 200 musicians during that time from household names like B.B. King, Alison Krauss and Lyle Lovett, to Montana musicians such as Eden Atwood, Darko Butarac and Tom Catmull. He is also an independent recording and performing artist in his own right and a former registered music therapist.

Ways to Connect

Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is regarded by many as New Orleans’s premier modern jazz pianist. He’s been performing professionally for over fifty years, recording almost twenty albums of his own and guesting on many others, but primarily, Marsalis has focused on education, teaching at the University of New Orleans, Xavier University in Louisiana, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Rose Osborne

Combine potent song lyrics, soulful vocals and piercing guitar work and you've got the sound of New Orleans’s musical treasure, Anders Osborne, whom Guitar Player Magazine has called “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” Join host John Floridis for a conversation with Osborne about keeping a long musical career fresh and in synch with the musician’s own process of maturation.

Bernard Benant

Originally from the reggae capitol of Kingston, Jamaica, composer, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Clinton Fearon found a new home for his music in 1987 in Seattle - and since 2007, a unique connection with Butte, Montana. Whether it's the songs he wrote in the 1970s with the legendary band The Gladiators, or those written for his present group, The Boogie Brown Band, Clinton says: "Each one is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who dedicates his life to help a better world to come."

Learn more from Fearon on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight."

Caroline Keys

For fans of creativity, this one's a twofer: “Musician’s Spotlight” host John Floridis and “The Write Question” host Sarah Aronson team up for an hour-long exploration of how music, sound and the written word connect in obvious and hidden ways.  Caroline Keys, an accomplished musician and writing teacher from western Montana, joins Sarah and John.

John Floridis hosts Part Two of a 25th anniversary celebration of Musicians' Spotlight with musical highlights and interview segments from some of the most engaging guests in the program's history. Featured artists include Galactic, Cathie Ryan, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Vienna Teng, The Emerson String Quartet, Camila Meza, Leftover Salmon, Andre Floyd, John Gorka, Bill Payne, Azar Lawrence, Martha Scanlan, Jeni Fleming, Sonny Landreth, and sneak previews of upcoming shows with Ben Harper and Clinton Fearon.

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