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

Tommy LiPuma produced memorable recordings by Barbara Streisand, Dave Mason, Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson.  And he started out as a barber! 

Join Tom Engelmann Monday July 24 at 8 p.m. as he explores the colorful career of Tommy LiPuma on another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.”

Trombonist and composer Naomi Moon Siegel made the move from Seattle, Wash. to Missoula and has been carving out her own piece of Montana’s musical scene ever since. Hear from her on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight"

Tune In For Montana Jazz And Classic Blues On MTPR

Jul 18, 2017

Montana Jazz Artists are the focus on "What I Like About Jazz" this week. Montana has a long history of great jazz players. There is a wide range of artists from players like Jack Walrath, Jim Rotondi, David Morgenroth, and Chuck Florence, to singers Dee Daniels, Eden Atwood, MJ Williams, and Jeni Fleming.

From the “Musician’s Spotlight” archives, c. March 1998, this week’s program revisits host John Floridis’ conversation with singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett before his concert at the University Theater in Missoula.

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."

Violinist, composer and singer songwriter Gaelynn Lea produces 21st century music in a style rooted in classical, Celtic and traditional folk. The 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest is also a disability rights advocate and an in-demand speaker, particularly concerning osteogenesis imperfecta ("brittle bone disease"), a condition that she’s had all her life.

Lea is the guest on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight"

Beautiful floral blooms in bright 'tie-dye' colors will surround your ears when the Psychedelic Circus rolls back into town on Friday, June 23 from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.
Brook Trout

Beautiful floral blooms in bright 'tie-dye' colors will surround your ears when the Psychedelic Circus rolls back into town on Friday, June 23 from 10:00 p.m. to midnight. Doc Sandoz will join Joan Richarde in a musical celebration of the official start of summer. Raise a glass to toast the season and let the music raise you to higher inner plane!

Sylvia Moy in 1967 with Stevie Wonder and James Jamerson, Earl Van Dyke and Robert White of the Funk Brothers.
Motown Records Archives

Without Sylvia Moy there may never have been a Stevie Wonder. A Motown songwriter and producer who collaborated with him on numerous hits, she is perhaps most known for co-writing "My Cherie Amour" and "I Was Born to Love Her." She also co-wrote hits for artists like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and The Jackson Five. 

Join Tom Engelmann at 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 26 as he opens the Motown vaults to enjoy the works of Sylvia Moy on another edition of "Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music."

Portland, Oregon-based Blind Pilot has landed among the top indie-pop-folk bands in the country with television appearances on Ellen and The Late Show With David Letterman, and performances at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival. The band’s lead singer and primary songwriter Israel Nebeker visited with host John Floridis backstage at the Wilma Theater in Missoula to talk about the process of recording their most recent album, “And Then Like Lions."

Singer-songwriter Melissa Forrette decided to forgo a college volleyball scholarship. Instead, she moved to Montana to work as a wilderness outfitter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Her first song, written in the backcountry under a starry sky, was “Big City Lights,” a reflection on what she’d left behind back home in Santa Cruz.

Listen in as Melissa visits with host John Floridis for her debut on "Musician’s Spotlight."

Michael Wilson

“Banjoist, composer, instigator” and two-time Juno Award winner Jayme Stone makes music that's been inspired by sounds from around the world. His compositions bridge folk, jazz and chamber music, and his albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds. Songlines calls Stone "The Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo."

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.

Ebru Yildiz

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.

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.

The award-winning Montana Public Radio program "Musician’s Spotlight" will celebrate 25 years on the air with a pledge week special broadcast scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

The Psychedelic Circus returns to the airwaves St. Patrick's Day with a pot of green gold found at the far end of rainbow.
Brook Trout

The Psychedelic Circus returns to the airwaves St. Patrick's Day with a pot of green gold found at the far end of the rainbow. This month the show will feature Irish psychedelic bands! So grab a Guinness and join Doc Sandoz & Joan Richarde from 10:00 p.m. - midnight this Friday, February 17, for some mind-bending Celtic and kindred sounds, only on Montana Public Radio.

From the “Musicians’ Spotlight” archives, 2000: One of the most respected and celebrated musicians of her generation, fiddler and vocalist extraordinaire Alison Krauss visited with program host John Floridis backstage at the University Theater in Missoula in 2000.

2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band, Solas. That year was also marked by the release of the recording, “All These Years,” which features combinations of all the musicians who have been a part of the group over the last two decades.

Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz" for a tribute to the late Horace Parlan.
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Jazz piano great Horace Parlan passed away March 1, at the age of 86. His unique piano style was heard in classic recordings by Charles Mingus, Stanley Turrentine, Thad Jones, and many more Jazz artists from the late 1950's through the '80s. Join us on "What I Like About Jazz" on  March 15 for a tribute to Horace Parlan.

Paul Nonnenmacher (at the far piano) plays his arrangement of Franz Liszt's La Campanella, along with Scott Koljonen, live on Montana Public Radio March 08, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The Pianissimo! crew joined us in the studio for a live session March 08, 2017. A dozen pianists shared two pianos and took turns playing songs for four and six hands.

Paul Nonnenmacher (at the far piano) plays his arrangement of Franz Liszt's La Campanella, along with Scott Koljonen, live on Montana Public Radio March 08, 2017.

From the “Musicians’ Spotlight” archives, 2010: He’s known worldwide as the lead singer for the multi-platinum selling pop-rock band, Men At Work, but Colin Hay has been performing for more than two decades as a solo artist. His music was featured on the television show, “Scrubs” and in the feature film, “Garden State,” and now Hay is witnessing a revival of interest in his work as a singer-songwriter.

Listen: UM Chamber Chorale Live On MTPR

Mar 8, 2017
The UM Chamber Chorale performing live on MTPR.
Danny Dauterive

The UM Chamber Chorale is a select choir whose members are chosen by audition at the beginning of each school year. As the premier choral ensemble, the Chamber Chorale regularly tours across the state and region. On March 1, they joined us for a special performance broadcast live on Montana Public Radio.

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, singer, fiddle player and founding member of the Irish traditional music group Altan, talks with John Floridis about the group's thirty-year career, including their past performances in Montana.

If Donna Summer was the "Queen of Disco" it could very well be that the "King of Disco" was English musician, composer and arranger Rod Temperton. Starting with the disco group "Heatwave," Temperton went on to work with artists like Quincy Jones, George Benson and Michael Jackson. And yes, he also wrote for Donna Summer.

Join Tom Engelmann as he hangs the disco ball and boogies down to the songs of Rod Temperton on another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.”

Tune in Monday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

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