Brian Flick

Operations Manager; Jazz Director

Brian Flick is KPBX's man of many talents. He is Operations Manager, jazz host, producer, and fount of interesting knowledge at the station, as well as a musician in high-demand with several local groups.

Brian first got involved with Spokane Public Radio in 1980 (he still has the t-shirt) as a volunteer to help with recording or schlepping or just about anything thrown at him.  In 1984, he began hosting classical music and eventually became the jazz announcer he is today, as well as the producer for Bruce Davis’ Friday night show.  As Operations Manager for the station, Brian ensures that programming and underwriting details are in order, while keeping a watchful eye out as new audio comes into the jazz library.  He hopes that his music selections reflect his “joy and love of this constantly evolving art form,” and that he shares them in a way that is appealing to listeners.  Outside of his life at SPR, Brian is an avid birdwatcher, though he also has great love for astronomy, geology, canoeing, camping and drawing.  He plays the bass and trombone, though he’ll gladly fiddle with any instrument he can get his hands on.  Brian wants you, the listeners to know that you are great.  “I get great ideas, and often useful information from you, and I’d like to take this chance to thank you.  If any of you think this is good radio, it’s because of you that it is.  Your input, criticism and support literally created, then maintained these stations.”

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The Denin Koch Trio performed live, in the studio for an afternoon of Jazz on Friday.

Denin Koch plays guitar, Brandon Cowan, bass, and Jensen Leggett on drums. 

Spokane Jazz Orchestra director Don Goodwin, vocalist Keleren Millham and guitarist Michael Millham chatted with Brian Flick during Jazz for a Friday Afternoon on Spokane Public Radio today. Keleren Millham will sing the Jazz Stylings of Sting at the Spokane Jazz Orchestra's final concert of the season on May 13 at 7:30pm. 

Today we were thrilled to welcome renowned jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis to Spokane Public Radio to speak with us about his upcoming performance with Whitworth Jazz Ensemble.  Marsalis, a three-time Grammy winner will be in concert on November 5 at 8pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, in downtown Spokane.  Ticket information is available from the Fox Theater box office. Marsalis will also lead a jazz clinic at Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University on November 4 at 5:15pm.

In today's jazz show, Brian had live music in the performance studio featuring The Beholder.  Members include Riley Gray (pianist), Kenny Sager (drums), Chris Shepherd (saxophone and flute), and Ash Madison (bass).  The Beholder will be playing at The Bartlett (228 W. Sprague in downtown Spokane) on September 18 from 7:00-9:30pm.  Imagine Collective will open the show starting at 6:00pm.   The Beholder will be playing a collection of modern jazz tunes.

We were in for a special treat today for this Friday's afternoon jazz program, hosted by Brian Flick.  Brian had a chance to talk with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny about the concert he is playing with the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble tomorrow night, Saturday, November 7th at 8:00pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

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