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

The Seattle Times calls the music of John Lenti “a joy to behold,” while Gramphone praises Lenti’s playing of theorbo, lute, archlute, and baroque guitar for its “nuanced beauty and character.” He deploys his “uncommonly big sound” (Third Coast Digest) to acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician.

"When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead

And the White Knight is talking backwards

And the Red Queen's 'off with her head'

Remember what the Door Mouse said:

Feed your head...Feed your head."

with "The Psychedelic Circus," Friday, March 16, at 10:00 p.m on your radio or online at mtpr.org.

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.

Luke Dowler writes songs that blend indie rock, pop and soul into a hard-to-pigeonhole style. Onstage solo, he live-loops and tells stories. With the group The Savage Gentlemen, Luke indulges his love of punk rock and blues. Following his debut solo recording in 2012, he's back for his second visit to "Musician’s Spotlight" with John Floridis.

Mundell Lowe in Saarbrücken 2000.
Walter Gehring (CC-BY-3)

For artists as different as the Everly Brothers and Benny Goodman, Mundell Lowe was a true unsung hero. He provided both rhythm and lead guitar for performers like Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughan and even Johnny Ray.

Known as “Mundy” in the business, he was a composer, arranger and orchestral director and raconteur and contributed to the soundtracks of some prominent motion pictures and television shows including “Rawhide,” “Peter Gunn,” and even Woody Allen’s “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex.” His career lasted some astounding 80 years.

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