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From the Studio: Riley Gray and Friends Play Jazz


Riley Gray is an instructor at Eastern Washington University of Jazz Piano and a coach of several EWU student jazz combos.  Joined by a flute/soprano saxophone player and pandeiro player, he visited the studio to talk to Verne about some pieces they've put together recently, including a trio by composer HermetoPascoal.

Verne Windham got his start at Spokane Public Radio 20 years ago. “I came in to complain and they hired me.” He’s now the Program Director, as well as the host of Morning Classical and Concert of the Week. When choosing music for Morning Classical, Verne likes to keep the agenda as broadly defined as possible. For Concert of the Week, he focuses on the best of recent local performances, mostly classical in nature. For many years, Verne was also the conductor of the Spokane Youth Orchestra. He enjoys gardening, his vintage car and playing French horn.