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Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

One of the most dynamic singer-songwriters of any generation, Martin Sexton returns to “Musician's Spotlight,” recording three songs in the studio (with harmony help from the Brothers McCann) and chatting retrospectively about his career.

In a career spanning half a century, Bruce Lundvall worked with a wide variety of artists including Miles Davis, Dianne Reeves, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Norah Jones as the president of Blue Note Records. Phil Chess and his brother founded Chess Records, a storied Chicago label that captured great blues musicians like Muddy Waters in their prime and helped establish rock ’n’ roll as a musical genre. He even helped start the careers of Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones.

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The Portland, OR band Joseph is made up of three sisters: Natalie Closner Schepman, Allison Closner and Meegan Closner. (The band's name comes from Jo, the sisters' grandfather, and for the small Oregon town at the base of the Wallowa Mountains that re-named itself for Chief Joseph, where Jo grew up.) Since their 2014 debut, the trio has gathered momentum quickly, with appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Conan O’Brien and CBS This Morning.

Missoula-area musicians and life partners Joan Zen and Jason Hicks discuss their longtime musical collaboration, most of whose incarnations bear Joan's name. Their most recent collection of original funk, soul and reggae is called "This Is The Fortunate Life." Zen and Hicks are John Floridis's guests this week on "Musician's Spotlight."

Vera Horan

Virtuoso trumpeter and composer Allen Vizzutti is equally comfortable – and adept - in the jazz and classical domains. Born and raised in Missoula, his dizzying performance and teaching schedule whisks him all over the world. Vizzutti is John Floridis's guest this week on "Musician's Spotlight."

John Floridis hosts 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 Alison Krauss, B.B. King, David Grisman, Shawn Colvin, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lyle Lovett, Lila Downs and numerous Montana musicians such as Darko Butarac, Eden Atwood and Tom Catmull.

Celebrate the first full month of Spring with Doc Sandoz and Joan Richarde by tuning in to The Psychedelic Circus, Friday April 21 from 10:00 p.m. to Midnight.  We'll be spinning musical "sound blossoms" from the classic years of Psychedelia, 1967-1973 as the grass greens up and the trees leaf out! Put on your tie-died t-shirts & tune in.

Jake Koelzer, formerly of Bozeman, Montana, brings his blend of jazz-inspired blue-eyed soul to Musicians’ Spotlight. Koelzer writes texturally rich songs that are "beautiful, thoughtful, complicated, and yet completely approachable, with lyrics are smart, compelling, and meaningful."

Montanan Izaak Opatz, a recent guest on the program as a member of the band, The Best Westerns, returns to “Musicians’ Spotlight" with solo project in hand: Mariachi Static. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, and was inspired by all sorts of things: Mojave desert camping excursions; life on a Glacier National Park trail crew; late night ping-pong tournaments - and, of course, unrequited love.

UM student Claire Wang plays Debussy's Feuilles Mortes (Dead Leaves) from the Preludes Book II, live on Montana Public Radio, April 05, 2017.

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