The Bridge

Friday, 10 pm to 2 am (Saturday morning)

J. Michael Harrison presents his award-winning blend of jazz that takes you from the mainstream to the edge of the art. Rarely heard artists are played with regularity, as is a dash of jazz poetry.

Rudy Van Gelder, an audio recording engineer who captured the sounds of many of jazz's landmark albums, died Thursday morning in his sleep. He was at his home studio in New Jersey, according to Maureen Sickler, his assistant engineer. He was 91.

It was just a year ago that WRTI partnered with the Philadelphia Jazz Project to present a very unique concert featuring Afro-Brazilian percussion in Big Band Jazz style! It was the Philadelphia premiere of Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz at the Temple Performing Arts Center, with guests Arturo O'Farrill and Steve Bernstein, and Another Holiday For Skins with Pablo Batista, Mike Boone, Luke Carlos O'Reilly, and company.

The summer jazz festival season is about to start. Blockbuster performances at the “Big Three” longest-running summer jazz fests still engender re-makes and recordings. These historic performances live on as benchmarks. Now, starting with the Montreux Jazz Festival — founded in 1967 — WRTI examines highlights from Montreux, Newport, and Monterey.

Dave Tavani

A new work by master percussionist Pablo Batista uses changing rhythms, music, and dance to tell the story of how people forced from their homeland, survived and thrived by creating a new home. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more about El Viaje, a music and dance narrative in eight scenes, featuring 22 performers in a mix of authentic Afro-Cuban bata drumming, chant and dance, with elements of classical music, jazz and blues, rhythm & blues, funk and salsa.

Join us this Sunday, April 24th at 9 pm for a special program that examines the making of the motion picture, Miles Ahead.

This hour-long show delves into how the director and star of Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle, uses unlikely circumstances, like car chases and gunfights, to create a portrait of the legendary musical genius, Miles Davis. 

Pioneering bassist and composer Jymie Merritt was born in Philadelphia in 1926. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he made a name for himself nationally but also founded a groundbreaking Philadelphia-based band that continues to inspire today’s generation of jazz artists.

NPR’s Jazz Night in America honored Jymie Merritt with a special concert this past January at World Cafe Live. The concert will air on WRTI, Sunday, April 10th at 8 pm. Watch video here!

We're cooking up a treat for all of our WRTI night owls and morning birds! WRTI jazz host Ross Amico kicks off the Academy Awards weekend on Saturday morning from 2 to 6 AM with jazz tunes from famous films.

Join WRTI's J. Michael Harrison on Monday. January 18th starting at 9 pm, as he celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting alto saxophonist/composer/educator Bobby Watson and his “I Have A Dream” project. 

If you love LIVE Latin Jazz, then David Ortiz has a LOT for you to be thankful for! Tune in to WRTI's El Viaje (Saturdays from 9 pm until midnight) on November 28, December 5, and December 12, and listen for your chance to win tickets to some of the hottest Latin Jazz shows coming to our region. 

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