Jim Tevenan

Piano Bench Host, Midday Host

After more than 25 years of teaching music, theater and English in San Francisco schools, Jim relocated to Spokane in 1995 to become organist/music director for St. Augustine Parish on the South Hill.  Since around 2004, with the help and patience of Verne Windham, he has been able to realize his long-standing dream of doing radio.  Jim specializes in classical music, but also can do the occasional jazz show.  Jim and his wife, Carol, fill their free time caring for llamas, rabbits and chickens after having watched their two children grow up and leave the nest.

Ways to Connect

On this edition of Northwest Arts Review, we again hear from Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe who has been quite busy producing podcasts and playlists to keep the SSO, its musicians and its music in the public consciousness during this time of live performance deprivation. We also welcome musician and educator Dan Keberle for music and conversation honoring the memory of his brother David, whose visits with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra as featured clarinetist are fondly remembered by many Spokanites.

Spokane musician and Whitworth University professor Dan Keberle talks with Jim Tevenan about the life and varied art of his late brother, David. Musical illustrations are from David's album, "Caught in Time," and from his appearances with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra.

Today, three different aspects of and approaches to dealing with the COVID-19 crisis from three different perspectives, that of a major regional museum director, the general director of a regional opera company, and a local artist who has organized a unique way for artists to display their work in these days of gallery closures. Sebastian Bach’s music is featured today, as recorded here at KPBX by Yulia Gorenman and Melody Puller.

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John and collaborator, pianist Matt Herskowitz, have a new album out on Lara's own Ancalagon label. She and Jim Tevenan chatted about her background and the new album that features Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata and the César Franck Sonata in A.

Our Northwest Arts Review focus continues on the COVID-19's effect on regional arts, this time with the especially insightful thoughts of Kristina Ploeger, Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Washington University. Dan Webster drops by to offer more visual diversions to salve your cabin fever, and we hear from the Spokane String Quartet as well, part of our celebration of the national Public Radio Music Day.

Our focus this week remains on the COVID-19’s disruptive effects on the arts at all levels and in all dimensions. We’ll spend time with Methow Valley artist and art teacher Erik Brooks and Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe. Dan Webster drops by to share another visual diversion for this homebound time, and we’ll hear from Nathaniel de la Cruz, another of the CdA Symphony Young Artist winners.  

We focus again today on the continuing COVID-19 crisis and its effect on the regional arts community, hearing from Spokane Arts Executive Director Mellissa Huggins, and pianist and Sandpoint Conservatory teacher Melody Puller. Dan Webster offers a promising small screen viewing suggestion, and we’ll hear from another of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist winners, soprano Melinda Wagstaff, recorded in our KPBX studio.   

James Lowe talked with Jim Tevenan about the COVID-19 crisis as it is unfolding around him at his home outside Edinborough, Scotland, and the very serious impact it is having on the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

It’s a challenging time, as the threat of COVID-19 hangs over all of us and makes for an especially trying situation for our regional arts community. But we continue to celebrate art and artists on NWAR, today starting with a conversation about a unique performance art form with one of its practitioners, Becca Osburn. We’ll also share the first of four in-studio performances by exceptional young musicians who are winners in this year's Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, a mix of poetry, music and dance, plus a movie review. Poet Brooke Matson talks with Chris Macinni about her newly published collection of work and Gonzaga dance professor Suzanne Oestersmith chats with Verne Windham about the state of dance programs in the university setting, Jim Tevenan's guest is Dr. Jody Graves, who brings her great musicality and enthusiasm to a discussion of the upcoming Spokane jazz Orchestra celebration of George Gershwin's music. And we have a film review from Nathan Weinbender.

Dr. Jody Graves, pianist and professor at Eastern Washington University, visited KPBX in advance of her performance of the music of George Gershwin with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. The concert features Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue along with arrangements of many favorite songs. Jody and Jim Tevenan talk about a range of things: Gershwin, Rhapsody, jazz piano and more.

On this installment of NWAR, we’ll hear from Spokane native Marshall Peterson who, after many years away, returned, ultimately to found an art gallery in the West Central neighborhood of the city. Also, a song from the musical Cabaret is on tap, courtesy of Spokane Civic Theatre. We'll ponder the question: Is it still a tribute band if some members are descended from the original crew? And we’ll again quiz an orchestra conductor about the route he took to the podium. Music on the way in is from keyboardist Bogdan Ota, whose work has been featured on both The Piano Bench and NWAR.

The young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is a musician both immensely talented and wise beyond his years. That comes out in Jim Tevenan's conversation with Mr. Grosvenor around his new Decca album of Chopin piano concertos, seasoned with brief exerpts from the disc.

Dan Webster, Mary Pat Threuthart and Nathan Weinbender assess a new and timely film about power and misbehavior in the entertainment industry, The Assistant. They also preview some key films that are part of this year's Spokane International Film Festival, with special attantion to the outdoor adventure documentary,
Super Frenchie. Intermission music is from Howard Shore's music to The Score.

This week, Dan Webster offfers his take on Kitty Green's "The Assistant," a film that he says gives context to a story ripped from the headlines.

Today we’ll hear from Dean Cameron, publisher of a regional magazine celebrating the full spectrum of the arts, also enjoy a performance by Derrick Parker, one of areas most compelling singers, and learn a bit about this year’s Spokane International Film Festival from Dan Webster. Music on the way in and out today is taken from American composer Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, played by the Attacca String Quartet, in Spokane this week as part of Northwest BachFest.

Good afternoon, and welcome to SPR’s Northwest Arts Review, a half hour exploring the people, places and events forming the rich arts tapestry we enjoy here in the Inland Northwest, and our wider intermountain Northwest region. Today we’ll hear a young Spokane artist’s fascinating and quite different back story, also celebrate an expansion of our SPR artistic outreach, and check Nathan Weinbender’s response to a new Netflix documentary.

Pianist Peggy Reich visited our KPBX studio to discuss her new program, "Music, the Speech of Angels," that she presents this week in various north Idaho locations. She illustrates her conversation with Jim Tevenan around the topic of musical aesthetics with selections from the music used in her programs.

Montreal Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet Paul Merkelo has recorded an album of trumpet concertos from composers living in the Age of Enlightenment. Here is Jim Tevenan's New Releases interview with Merkelo, with some brief musical samples from the album.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason talks with Jim Tevenan about his new Decca album. Sheku is a young man with great technical prowess and an understanding of the music he plays much beyond his years. 

The unique and chameleon-like style range of American composer Derek Bermel is  on full display in his new Naxos album, "Migrations." Here is Jim Tevenan's conversation with  Derek, along with some samples of his music from the album.

Pianist and Composer Bogdan Ota visitied our studio to play some of his music and talk with Jim Tevenan about his life as a composer. Bogdan gives a concert Friday, January 17th at the Jacklin Arts and  Cultural Center in Post Falls, ID.

Filmmaker and Gonzaga University Assistant Professor Matt McCormick joined us again for an update on the new film program at Gonzga and to fill us in on his new documentary, "The Deepest Hole," which receives its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Michael Marsolek joins us from Montana Public Radio to talk about his upcoming Winter Solstice musical celebration, A Musical Dreamtime Journey. Michael, joined by fellow multi-instrumentalist Lawrence Duncan perform this Saturday at South Perry Yoga at the Buddhio.

William Berry stopped by our SPR studio to talk about Clarion Brass and their 2019 Christmas concert.

Spokane Public Radio

Dr. Jody Graves visited the KPBX performance studio for music and a chat with Jim Tevenan. Jody recently was honored by Steinway and Sons, inducted into their Music Teachers Hall of Fame. The conversations ranges across many topics, and is punctuated by Jody's playing of pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff and George Gershwin.

Two young, emerging artists, going by the noms d'art of Gemma Lou and Implicit Imagery, came to our SPR studio for a conversation about their art, their inspirations and their aspirations. Here is part of that conversation, along with samples of their work.