Volunteer Profile: Jack Jones

Jack Jones hosts the longest running classical show currently on the air and his passion for classical music and poetry is fully on display on his show Music and the Muse. Hear it every Thursday morning, 10 AM to Noon.

1. How lIMG_0215ong have you been doing your radio show?

Since 2003, 16 years.

2. What made you want to volunteer with CFBX?

At a Kamloops Choristers’ practice in the fall of 2003 I was approached by Tony Denbigh (a former volunter) who said, “You like classical music, Jack. We’re losing a presenter at CFBX and we could train you to take her place.” Tony had a folk music program and part of my training was sitting in on his show.

3. What is your show about? What can we hear in your show?

Music & the Muse presents classical music together with poetry to go along with it. I write poetry (including poems about “The X’’) and was Kamloops’ first Poet Laureate.

From 1939 to 1950 I sang in an English choir and was exposed to Bach and other composers in the Christian tradition – Byrd, Purcell, Stanford etc. so choral (church and secular) music figures in every show.

4. What makes your show unique? Why should we tune in?

The linking of poetry to music is a unique aspect of Music & the Muse.

5. What was the best show you’ve done to date?

My best show? Whenever there is a synergy between the songs and the poems and I hit all the right buttons I leave the studio a happy individual!

6. Name an artist you’ve discovered in the past year you think your audience should know about?

In our recent new music selections, I discovered the music of Valentin Silverstrov played by pianist Helene Grimaud. How had I not heard of this modern Ukrainian composer before?

7. What was a recent live concert or show you have been to that you enjoyed and why you enjoyed it?

Bohemians in Brooklyn in the new Rex theatre was an enjoyable mix of storytelling (Tom Allen of CBC’s Shift) and song (Patricia O’Callaghan et al).

8. Are there any local artists, writers or musicians that you think your audience should know about?

Tomas Bijok, singer/conductor/pianist/violinist/violin maker, has a personality which inspires young (TRU Chamber Choir) and old (Happy Choristers) with his passion for choral music.

9. Name another show on CFBX you enjoy and why you enjoy it.

Shelley Gummeson, her voice, her choices, her enthusiasm….. what is there not to like about Jazz on the Rocks (Fridays 5-7 PM)?

10. What are your plans for your show in the next year?

In 2019, I will be asking classical friends to lend me CDs/records of their favorite composers to make programs mirroring their taste to which I’ll add suitable poetry selections.  Also I’m visiting Australia all March and will try to attend Aussie live shows and bring back music from Down Under.