In April, WRTI is paying homage to jazz artists who helped make the American art form so widely recognized. Each week we'll spotlight different artists who were the masters of their crafts, starting off with a rhythm-filled week of the finest drummers in jazz. We'll then move to the horn players, the pianists, and the masters of the reeds. In honor of Duke Ellington's birthday, we'll showcase the great bandleaders. And finally, vocalists will serenade you through your weekends.
You could win a pair (2) of reserved box?tickets to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, for the Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra on July 30th.?
A pair (2) of reserved box concert tickets will be given away in the sweepstakes.? The estimated fair market value of this item is $150. Ten winners in all. ??No substitution of a cash value prize will be permitted.? If the winner declines the prize, no other prize will be offered.
Join us on Sunday, April 26th at 8 pm for a toast to the late Dr. Harrison Ridley, Jr., who passed away in February. During The Historical Approach to the Positive Music, Jeff Duperon will be your host for a dual tribute: our tribute to Harrison with highlights from the archives of his show, and a tribute to one of Harrison's favorite musicians, Duke Ellington.
Jim Cotter speaks with legendary playwright Edward Albee. The Philadelphia Theater Company is presenting his At Home at The Zoo.
Jason Peifer visits the Pearl S. Buck House in Bucks County. An exhibition that includes the long-lost manuscript of Buck's famous novel The Good Earth has opened at the National Historic Landmark home.
Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's historic Camac Street, also known as the "Avenue of the Artists."
Join WRTI's Bob Perkins on Sunday, March 29th at 1 pm as he takes an in-depth look at the interesting musical life of pianist and composer Ray Bryant. A Philly native, Bryant began his climb to stardom right here in 1951 playing at some of the most happening jazz clubs at that time with greats such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Miles was so impressed with the young pianist that, in 1955, he asked him to record with him in New York City along with other jazz legends.
The Loathly Lady, an original comic work conceived at the cusp between opera and musical theater, will debut at Penn's Irvine Auditorium on April 1st. Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews librettist Wendy Steiner, and composer Paul Richards.The Loathly Lady is based on Geoffrey Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale (c. 1400), in which a cruel knight must discover what women want most.
Edward Albee has added a first act to his most famous one-act play, the 1959 The Zoo Story. It tells what happens before Peter meets Jerry on that park bench. Before all hell breaks loose. The author calls his new version: At Home at the Zoo. The Philadelphia Theater Company's production at the Suzanne Roberts Theater is well done and ultimately moving but At Home at The Zoo isn't as powerful as The Zoo Story on its own.