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

Nat & Cannonball Adderly are amond the jazz musicians featured on a Veterans Day special "What I Like About Jazz" on MTPR.
Dave Brinkman (CC-BY-SA-3)

This week on "What I Like About Jazz", we pay tribute to jazz musicians who served in the armed forces. Four branches of the service will be represented.

We'll hear from everyone from Jack Sheldon (Air Force) to Nat and Cannonball Adderley (Army) to John Coltrane (Navy) and Oliver Nelson (Marines). Other Veterans include Wynton Kelly, Junior Mance, Clark Terry, Aaron Bell, Jamil Nasser and many, many more.

"We want to write about a world both intimate and vast, about little people on Great Plains." So says vocalist Edda Glass, whose ethereal voice provides the counterpoint to the deceptively complex guitar work of Max Hatt. The duo, formerly of Helena, Montana and now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, combine folk, jazz, and a touch of bossa nova with Glass's vocal lyricism.

This week on What I Like About Jazz, we pay tribute to the songs of Cal Massey, a brilliant composer, arranger and little-known trumpet player. We'll hear from Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, Herbie Mann, Freddie Hubbard, Houston Person, McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, and more.

Ghosts And Flowers

Oct 30, 2015

Duo W made classical music video history with "Ghosts and Flowers." The musical duo of Arianna Warsaw-Fan, violin and Meta Weiss, cello, have played together since high school and on through their masters programs at Julliard. They launched a kickstarter campaign and made this video of the Halvorson/Handel Passacaglia in 2011 as part of a commitment to bring classical music to new audiences. We played the audio recording on Morning Classics, October 30. Watch it below:

Gus Chambers, half man and half ant, or MANT, will host the Halloween Freeforms Special, Wednesday October 28 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The show will begin with a giant insect invasion, and then spiral downhill with back to back zombie attacks.

The Trojans (in French)

Oct 24, 2015

10/31/2015 - composed by Hector Berlioz,10,11,1

Josh Burnham

Try to keep up with Barbara Blegen's hands as she plays a lively Lizst piece, and watch avowed public radio nerd Scott Billadeau perform his song Windchimes in these videos from Wednesday's live studio session at Montana Public Radio. You can also listen to the entire piano-packed hour right here.

Two Women (in Italian)

Oct 17, 2015

10/24/2015 - composed by Marco Tutino,10,11,1

Live studio guests Fern Glass Boyd, professor of cello at UM; Christopher Hahn, professor of piano at UM; and Theodore Buchholz, cello professor and head of strings at the University of Arizona pose for a picture with MTPR'S Michael Marsolek.
Josh Burnham

Special guests Fern Glass Boyd, professor of cello at UM; Christopher Hahn, professor of piano at UM; and Theodore Buchholz, cello professor and head of strings at the University of Arizona played a live studio session at Montana Public Radio Monday, October 12, 2015. Enjoy the music of Rachmaninoff, Greig, Arvo Pärt, and Délibes recorded live from MTPR studios.

La Boheme (in Italian)

Oct 15, 2015

10/17/2015 - composed by Giacomo Puccini,10,11,1

Cinderella (in Italian)

Oct 15, 2015

10/10/2015 - composed by Gioachino Rossini,10,11,1

Partenope (in Italian)

Oct 15, 2015

10/03/2015 - composed by George Frideric Handel,10,11,1

A Masked Ball (in Italian)

Oct 15, 2015

09/26/2015 - composed by Giuseppe Verdi,10,11,1

Susannah (in English)

Oct 15, 2015

09/19/2015 - composed by Carlisle Floyd,10,11,1

Norma (in Italian)

Oct 15, 2015

09/12/2015 - composed by Vincenzo Bellini,10,11,1

09/05/2015 - composed by Giacomo Puccini,10,11,1

Cheesecake Studio

Since his debut at age thirteen with the Cotton Club All-Star Band of Harlem, guitarist and singer "King" Solomon Hicks has been winning over audiences at music festivals, clubs, churches, and rock arenas around the world with his virtuosic mix of blues, jazz, funk, gospel, classical, R & B, Afro-Cuban and classic rock.

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, October 18, 2015, for our first broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's 61st season. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's music director and conductor.

Gordon Tarpley

The University of Montana School of Music "Celebrate Piano Series" presents the 8th Annual Pianissimo! concerts, October 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Music Recital Hall.

Dr. Luis Millán, Director of the Butte Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy University of Montana Music Department

Dr. Luis Millán, director of the Butte Symphony Orchestra joins MTPR's Michael Marsolek to preview the symphony's upcoming season. Their season kicks off Saturday, October 10 with Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto at the Motherlode Theater in Butte.

A hint of Halloween is in the air as the Psychedelic Circus rolls into town & onto the airwaves tonight on MTPR. Join Joan Richarde & Dr. Sandoz from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Friday, October 9, for lesser known psychedelic music gems from 1964-1973 and let the music transform your state of mind!

Madeleine Peyroux’s sultry voice and winsome blend of folk, pop and jazz songs have taken her to concert halls, jazz clubs and festivals all over the world.

Jack Bruce was originally trained as a cellist, but he went on to have a successful career as  a member of “Cream” and as a leader and sideman on numerous rock and jazz recordings.  Chris Squire had no formal musical education but he was one of the founders of “Yes.”   The two them helped to define the bass as a rock ‘n’ roll instrument.  Join Tom Engelmann as he salutes these two aces of bass in another edition of 'Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.

Watch: Brahms From Studio B

Oct 1, 2015
Faculty members from the University of Montana and Idaho State University music departments performed songs and waltzes by Johannes Brahms live on Montana Public Radio
Josh Burnham

Faculty members from the University of Montana and Idaho State University music departments performed songs and waltzes by Johannes Brahms live on Montana Public Radio Monday. You can listen to the entire performance here and see video clips of the group's performance of "Neue Liebeslieder", and "Hungarian Dance", numbers 12 and 8.

Jazz pianist Benny Green
John Dugan (CC-BY-2)

Benny Green has been playing jazz piano for decades, and has recorded with everyone from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to the Ray Brown trio, as well as being part of George Wein's Jazz Futures band in the early 90s.

Host John Floridis engages in some serious guitar shop-talk with Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, two iconic guitarists whose music has, for decades, pushed the boundaries of jazz, rock and pop music.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz with MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek
Josh Burnham

Cellist Matt Haimovitz joined us today to talk about his upcoming performance, "Sweet" Italienne with the String Orchestra of the Rockies. That show is on Sunday, Sep. 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall on the University of Montana campus. Tickets are still available.

Montana Public Radio's Clare Menahan spoke with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov before his show in Bozeman earlier this month.

Robert Nighthawk playing on Chicago's Maxwell St in April, 1983.
Sam Manno (All Rights Reserved)

Americana can mean a lot of different things. To Sam Manno, it brings to mind Robert Nighthawk, who Sam happened upon on Maxwell Street in Chicago one cold April morning in 1983. Sam took these pictures while working on a documentary project about Maxwell Street. He'll play some Robert Nighthawk on tonight's "Get To That", 10:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival brings guitar greats to the shores of Flathead Lake every year to network, teach, and play together. MTPR's Michael Marsolek talks guitar with the L.A. Guitar Quartet, Lee Ritenour, and more.