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The Joy of Jazz: The History and Future of This American Art Form & Maine's Jazz Scene Today


Before rock 'n' roll, jazz dominated the music scene in America.

In the decades since Elvis and the Beatles changed the face of music, jazz has remained a steady, if somewhat diminished, uniquely American art form.

A panel of jazz lovers, including Maine Public’s own Rich Tozier, join us to talk about their love of jazz and the Maine jazz scene. We’ll also hear some live jazz during the show.


Tom Porter, jazz pianist, former Maine Public Radio journalist, writer and multimedia producer for Bowdoin College

Paul Lichter, jazz promoter who used to run the Portland jazz club Cafe No

Rich Tozier, host, Maine Public’s Jazz Tonight with Rich Tozier.




Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.