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He was a keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. During a career spanning six decades, Clare Fischer worked with jazz artists like George Benson and pop icons like Prince and Robert Palmer and recorded in a wide variety of settings from solo piano to heading a vocal-dominated Latin group, Salsa Picante. When he had time-off he composed some memorable jazz standards like “Pensativa” and “Morning.”

Tune in at 8 p.m., Monday, March 4 to listen to the works of this amazing musician, on another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.”

Globe-trotting composer and pianist Amina Figarova’s career path has taken her from classical piano studies in Baku, Azerbaijan to jazz at the Rotterdam Conservatory and Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Today, she tours almost constantly from her home base in Manhattan, still managing to record 13 albums since 1994.

Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz" Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. for a live jazz concert from the University of Montana Music Recital Hall.
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Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz" Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. for a live jazz concert from the University of Montana Music Recital Hall. Listen as the UM Jazz Bands present 'Swinging Into the Holidays'. Tune in on your radio or right here at mtpr.org.

For more than three decades, New York jazz drummer, composer, bandleader and teacher Allison Miller has been merrily improvising her way into new musical genres and projects. Miller, whom the DownBeat Magazine Critics' Poll named "Rising Star Drummer" and "Top 20 Jazz Drummer," is the driving force behind albums by Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco, Joey Arias, Pino Daniele, Erin McKeown and many others.

Just two years after he'd taken up the bass guitar, sixteen-year-old Nathan East found himself on the road with Barry White. The next time the phone rang, Quincy Jones was on the line. The calls kept coming, and for more than forty years, East has been holding down the bass on hit songs with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and Daft Punk.

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