J. Michael Harrison http://wrti.org en Alto Sax Player Soweto Kinch On The Bridge: June 28, 11 PM http://wrti.org/post/alto-sax-player-soweto-kinch-bridge-june-28-11-pm <p>British saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is not a stranger to WRTI. Soweto has proven to be an extremely versatile musician, creatively fusing straight-ahead jazz with hip hop and spoken word; he always brings insight into the world of music.&nbsp;</p><p>This interview on Friday, June 28th is a precursor to Soweto's appearance at the Kimmel Center’s monthly <em>Sittin’ In </em>session. WRTI's J. Michael Harrison is host of the performance as he celebrates 20 years of radio presence in the Philadelphia region.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:34:02 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 6121 at http://wrti.org Alto Sax Player Soweto Kinch On The Bridge: June 28, 11 PM Philadelphia's Jazz Past & Present on New Year's Eve http://wrti.org/post/philadelphias-jazz-past-present-new-years-eve <p>Ring in the new year as we celebrate Philadelphia as the music city that it is. You can revisit the city’s past with music from Grover Washington,&nbsp;Jr., Trudy Pitts, the Eubanks’ and other jazz royalty. &nbsp;There will also be a celebration of today’s Philly jazz scene, featuring Lee Smith, Daniel Peterson, and other local notables who always seem to be on the city’s music calendar. <strong>Monday, December 31st, 9 pm to midnight.</strong></p><div>Ring in 2013 with timeless music!</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:45:32 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 4893 at http://wrti.org Philadelphia's Jazz Past & Present on New Year's Eve Drummer G. Calvin Weston On The Bridge Discussing 3 New CDs: Oct. 26th at 10 pm http://wrti.org/post/drummer-g-calvin-weston-bridge-discussing-3-new-cds-oct-26th-10-pm <p>Drummer <a href="http://www.myspace.com/calvinweston"><strong>G. Calvin Weston</strong></a> has been part of the revolving door of guests on The Bridge for years.&nbsp; It doesn't hurt that he lives just a few blocks from the WRTI studios.&nbsp; Impromptu late night visits have been part of his relationship with the show, and the audience has been quite the benefactor.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:44:00 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 4623 at http://wrti.org Drummer G. Calvin Weston On The Bridge Discussing 3 New CDs: Oct. 26th at 10 pm Trombonist, Composer, & Arranger Papo Vazquez Visits The Bridge: Oct 19th at 10 pm http://wrti.org/post/trombonist-composer-arranger-papo-vazquez-visits-bridge-oct-19th-10-pm <p>Charismatic trombonist and Philly homeboy <a href="http://www.papovazquez.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Papo Vazquez </strong></a>commandeers The Bridge to discuss <em>Oasis,</em> the latest release by his Mighty Pirates Troubadours ensemble.&nbsp; Papo Vazquez is more than 35 years into a career spanning the jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean and classical music recording worlds.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 03:31:29 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 4594 at http://wrti.org Trombonist, Composer, & Arranger Papo Vazquez Visits The Bridge: Oct 19th at 10 pm Burnt Sugar (The Arkestra Chamber) Lands On The Bridge: Sept. 21st at 10 pm http://wrti.org/post/burnt-sugar-arkestra-chamber-lands-bridge-sept-21st-10-pm <p>A sprawl­ing band of musi­cians from NYC, whose prodi­gious per­son­nel allows them to freely jug­gle a wide swath of the exper­i­men­tal soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum, Burnt Sugar moves amongst many styles, eras and gen­res to devise its own excit­ing hybrids while hon­oring its deep­est inspi­ra­tions: the first post-modernists of Amer­i­can music including Duke Elling­ton, Sun Ra, Par­lia­ment Funkadelic and The Art Ensem­ble of Chicago.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:01:07 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 4466 at http://wrti.org Burnt Sugar (The Arkestra Chamber) Lands On The Bridge: Sept. 21st at 10 pm Cross 'The Bridge' With Hannibal Lokumbe, Rachelle Ferrell and Bobby Zankel: Sept. 14th at 10 pm http://wrti.org/post/cross-bridge-hannibal-lokumbe-rachelle-ferrell-and-bobby-zankel-sept-14th-10-pm <p>You&nbsp;don't want to miss what plans to be a wonderful evening on The Bridge - THREE truly special guests: master Trumpeter and epic composer Hannibal Lokumbe visits during the&nbsp;first&nbsp;hour to&nbsp;speak about the&nbsp;world premiere&nbsp;of <em>Can You Hear God Crying?</em> at the Kimmel Center, as well as his participation in a much-anticipated John Coltrane celebration.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:46:53 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 4430 at http://wrti.org Cross 'The Bridge' With Hannibal Lokumbe, Rachelle Ferrell and Bobby Zankel: Sept. 14th at 10 pm Bass Guitar Titan Victor Bailey Journeys Across The Bridge: Sept. 7th, 10 pm http://wrti.org/post/bass-guitar-titan-victor-bailey-journeys-across-bridge-sept-7th-10-pm <p>It's been almost three years to the day since Philly's own Victor Bailey last visited the WRTI studios. Look forward to a lot of catching up! Victor undoubtedly will&nbsp;provide unique insight into <a href="http://jtccjimthorpe.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/titans-of-fusion-rock-jim-thorpe/" target="_blank"><strong>his performance that's scheduled the following night</strong></a>&nbsp;at Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania's Mauch Chunk Opera House.&nbsp;&nbsp;The concert will feature fellow icons Lenny White and Larry Coryell. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 12:07:13 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 4390 at http://wrti.org Bass Guitar Titan Victor Bailey Journeys Across The Bridge: Sept. 7th, 10 pm Kora Player Ablaye Cissoko & Trumpeter Volker Goetze Visit The Bridge: August 3rd, 10 pm http://wrti.org/post/kora-player-ablaye-cissoko-trumpeter-volker-goetze-visit-bridge-august-3rd-10-pm <p>A special evening is in store for you as host J. Michael Harrison welcomes two fascinating musicians to <em>The Bridge:</em> Senegalese kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German jazz trumpet player Volker Goetze. It&#39;s been several years since their last appearance on the show, and a lot has transpired.&nbsp;</p><p>The duo will discuss their new CD, <em>Amanke Dionti</em>, the follow up to the critically acclaimed recording, <em>Sira, </em>and share details of&nbsp;a recently completed documentary that provides unique insight into Cissoko&#39;s life in Senegal.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:21:00 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 4220 at http://wrti.org Kora Player Ablaye Cissoko & Trumpeter Volker Goetze Visit The Bridge: August 3rd, 10 pm Conductor Michel Galante Crosses The Bridge to Discuss Spectral Impressions Concerts at Rodin Museum http://wrti.org/post/conductor-michel-galante-crosses-bridge-discuss-spectral-impressions-concerts-rodin-museum <p>Conductor Michel Galante joins WRTI&#39;s J. Michael Harrison on July 20th at 10 pm to discuss two much-anticipated concerts he&#39;ll be conducting at the newly re-opened Rodin Museum. The <em>Spectral Impressions</em> concert series features new works by French composers Tristan Murail on July 22nd, and Phillipe Hurel on July 28th performed by the Argento Chamber Ensemble.</p><p>French spectral music focuses on musical color, electronic sound, and impressionist aesthetics.</p> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 00:20:00 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 4170 at http://wrti.org Conductor Michel Galante Crosses The Bridge to Discuss Spectral Impressions Concerts at Rodin Museum Trombonist Jermaine Bryson Stops By The Bridge: July 6th at 10 pm http://wrti.org/post/trombonist-jermaine-bryson-stops-bridge-july-6th-10-pm <p>Join WRTI&#39;s J. Michael Harrison as he welcomes the leader of Mozaic Flow, trombonist Jermaine&nbsp;Bryson.&nbsp; Jermaine&nbsp;will be visiting The&nbsp;Bridge to debut the group&#39;s new single and&nbsp;discuss his career and upcoming&nbsp;CD release. As a Temple University graduate, with a degree in jazz performance, Jermaine has a profound love for all types of music.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:55:11 +0000 J. Michael Harrison 4094 at http://wrti.org Trombonist Jermaine Bryson Stops By The Bridge: July 6th at 10 pm