Don't Call it Jazz

First and Final Saturdays of each month

"Don't call it jazz! This is social music!" Miles Davis gave us that gem of a quote as he was admonishing a reporter for using "that dirty word, jazz" in an interview. What is a confusing remark at first becomes clear when you dive deeper into the mind of a professional musician. All great musicians are poly-genre, meaning they care less about the style of music than the quality of it, and its cultural resonance. 

Host Jon Armstrong is a professional musician, and a professor of jazz music and recording technology at Idaho State University. Before moving to Idaho, Armstrong worked in Los Angeles for seven years as a player, composer, and educator. He's performed jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, R&B, bluegrass, country, folk, reggae, and everything in between. He still gigs and writes a lot of music and is constantly checking out recordings from every corner of the creative music world. Each show, Armstrong will play tunes that have caught his ear over the years, while telling fun stories and informative anecdotes from his unique perspective. On special occasions, he will also bring in a guest musician to do an in-studio live interview and performance! Don't Call it Jazz. First and final Saturdays of every month at 7pm. 

This week's program continues an ongoing series on this show, where we explore recording from different communities around the world. For the next hour, we will be celebrating jazz music from the city of Los Angeles!


Tonight’s show kicks off an ongoing series on this show, where we explore recording from different communities around the world. For the next hour, we will be celebrating jazz music from the historic city of Philadelphia! So many legendary musicians have cut their teeth in Philly, and we’ll be enjoying an exciting variety of styles throughout the show. 

In this July 4th edition of Don't Call it Jazz we check out recordings that explore the United States of America for our nation’s Independence Day from a jazz musician’s point of view.


Don't call it Jazz (DCiJ) airs on the first and final Saturday of each month on KISU-FM and is hosted by Jon Armstrong. Don't miss upcoming programs on June 27th and July 4th on KISU-FM.


This episode off Don't Call it Jazz is dedicated to the graduating students in the class of 2020!


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