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Tonight at a special time, 9-10pm, following special programming. We'll hear recordings featuring some of my favorite trumpet players, particularly focusing on albums from the last decade. We'll hear cuts from modern greats like Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargove, Tom Harrell, Terrell Stafford, Jim Rotondi,

Jeremy Pelt and Brian Lynch. That's Tonight on What I Like About Jazz. 

Far removed from common notions about choral music are the choirs that participated in Missoula’s 2013 International Choral Festival. They came from Australia, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Canada, Lawrence, Kansas, China, Switzerland, New Jersey, Poland, Taiwan, California, Estonia, and Costa Rica to sing in packed auditoriums and in city parks for four days in July.

Luke Dowler

Oct 25, 2013

August 20th and October 29th, 2013: "I always write each song as if were my last,” says Kalispell songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Dowler, whose soulful delivery and raw honesty are are exemplified by the "8 in 8" project, for which Luke wrote, recorded and released eight videos of eight new songs in eight weeks.

Drummers as leaders

Oct 23, 2013
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Tonight on What I Like About Jazz, drummers as leaders. Of course many people know of a few classic drummers who lead their own groups, like Buddy Rich, Art Blakey and Gene Krupa. But there continues to be

a legacy of drummers as leaders. We'll hear from one or two classics, then delve into some modern greats like Joey Baron, Leon Parker, Ralph Peterson, Alvin Queen and more.

Friday, October 18th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Allan R. Scott, Music Director of the Helena Symphony Orchestra, about this weekend's performance commemorating of the 200th birthday of composer Guiseppe Verdi.

Ivan and Alyosha

Oct 18, 2013

July 23rd and October 22nd, 2013:  Seattle based folk-pop, indie-rock band Ivan and Alyosha derive their band name from Dostoyevsky, but their music is accessible as American pie. Their adventurous playing and writing aims for the highest common denominator. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

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Part two of a tribute to the late Mulgrew Miller continues as we move into the the present and feature his work over the last 15 years with the likes of Vincent Herring, Jim Rotondi, Lou Soloff, Jeremy Pelt and Ron Carter. We'll also hear music from his own albums, primarily leading a trio. The accomplished pianist, who had successful runs with both Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in the 1980's and and the Tony Williams quintet from 1984 until Williams own death in 1997, also inspired modern players like Geoffrey Keezer and Robert Glasper.  We lost Miller last May at 57.

The Shook Twins

Oct 12, 2013

10/15/13: The Shook Twins, Laurie and Katelyn, bring their self-branded "quirky folk" to Musician's Spotlight. The identical twins honed their craft in Sandpoint, ID and have become favorites at festivals, clubs and concert halls since they relocated to Portland, OR, where their "quirkiness" has been welcomed with open arms. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening for a broadcast of the first concert in the 2013-2014 season of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Darko Butorac, music director and conductor.

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What I Like About Jazz this week features part one of a two-part tribute to the late Mulgrew Miller. Miller had a long and varied career as a leader and sideman, prominently featured with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1980's band that also featured Donald Harrison and Terence Blanchard. He then went on to spend 9 years with another great jazz drummer, Tony Williams, playing on 6 albums with his classic quintet that featured Wallace Roney and Billy Pierce, and on Tony's final trio album in 1993. Along the way, he played sideman to a host of jazz greats, as well as many up-and-comers.

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