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What I Like About Jazz

Wednesday 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

What I Like About Jazz is a two-hour jazz program with an emphasis on small groups, ranging from the 1950s to today. 

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August 9 will see a very special episode of "What I Like About Jazz," as host John Arvish will be joined by Naomi Moon Siegel, Joshua Farmer, and cellist Bethany Joyce. Tune in on your radio or online at 8 p.m., Wednesday August 9.

Local concert series founder Naomi Moon Siegel announces the new Lakebottom Sound Series that builds community by valuing live music in Missoula. Presenting intimate concert experiences in exceptional listening environments, Lakebottom Sound Series shows foster meaningful exchanges between audience members and performers.

One For All is the longest running cooperative group in jazz, now starting into their third decade. Founding Horn players Steve Davis, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, and the Rhythm section of David Hazeltine, John Weber and Joe Farnsworth recently released their 16th album, "The Third Decade," and will be a featured act at Newport Jazz Festival on August 4.

Tune in for a close look at the collaborative careers of this group, from solo efforts going back 25 years, to their first album in 1997, to their latest. Wednesday, July 26, from 8-10 p.m., on your radio or online on "What I Like About Jazz."

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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.

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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.

Emily Remler at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, California.
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We all know of many great women in jazz, but usually what comes to mind are the singers- Ella, Billie, Sarah, Dinah, we could list dozens of great ones. Most people can name at least a couple of piano players, too; Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams quickly come to mind.

But what about all the other instruments associated with jazz?

Terell Stafford In Aarhus Denmark (2012)
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Tune in January 11 for a very special "What I Like About Jazz" as we're joined by trumpet player and educator Terell Stafford.

In his 25 years as a recording artist, and more than 30 years as an educator, Stafford has toured the world, performed in both small groups and appeared in the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and been a longstanding member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

As a recording artist, Stafford has more than 130 albums to his credit, including multiple Grammy nominations and wins.

Join host John Arvish on "What I Like About Jazz" for a conversation with Terell Stafford, Wednesday, January 11, from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Host John Arvish continues to explore the six-decades-long career of engineer Rudy Van Gelder Wednesday on "What I Like About Jazz," starting at 8:00 p.m.

After moving into his own studio at Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Van Gelder continued his long relationship with Blue Note Records, as the primary engineer on most of their hundreds of sessions between 1953 and 1967.

He also developed a relationship with the newly-formed Impulse Records. Among his many sessions there, Van Gelder recorded nearly all of John Coltrane's records up until his death. He also did pivotal sessions with J.J. Johnson, Yusef Lateef, McCoy Tyner and numerous others.

"What I like About Jazz" does a retrospective on the career of George Coleman, in honor of his first album as a leader in many years. George came up in the 1950's, and played and recorded with Lee Morgan, Booker Little, and Max Roach, then replaced Hank Mobley in Miles Davis' band in 1963. Coleman has recorded as a leader and sideman, and was the original saxophone in Eastern Rebellion with Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins.

Hear all these and more on MTPR, including his new album "The Master Speaks," Wednesday, May 25 from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. on your radio, or online.

Bruce Spiegel spent eight years collecting interviews and material for the film "Bill Evans, Time Remembered" which screens Sunday, February 28, at 12:30 p.m. at the Top Hat in Missoula as part of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz" Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 p.m. to hear from Spiegel about what went into making the film and what makes Bill Evans so special.

Houston Person on the sax in 2006.
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This week on "What I Like About Jazz:" a tribute to the tenor sax, with a spotlight on two of the masters, Gene Ammons and Houston Person.

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