WRTI Spotlight
2:34 pm
Wed April 1, 2009

Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI: Honoring America's Jazz Giants

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.


WRTI jazz hosts will lead the tributes with short biographies, followed by a set of music by that day's featured artist. You'll hear the tributes at 7 pm, 10 pm, 1 am, and 4 am.

Highlights include: drummer Elvin Jones, horn player Kenny Dorham, pianist Hampton Hawes, reed player Michael Brecker, bandleader Duke Ellington, and vocalist Morgana King.

Join WRTI's celebration of "America's Classical Music" by tuning in or listening online, and perhaps learning something new about jazz.

  • Week of April 1: Drums
  • Week of April 5: Horns
  • Week of April 13: Piano
  • Week of April 20: Reeds
  • Week of April 27: Bandleaders
  • All Weekends in April: Vocalists

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