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.

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August 31, 2012

10:00 PM
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Artist : Gil Scott Heron
Album : Small Talk On 125th and Lenox
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10:04 PM
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Artist : Dana Bryant
Album : Giant Steps:Volume One
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10:11 PM
Who’ll Pay Reparations On My Soul
Artist : Gil Scott Heron
Album : Small Talk On 125th and Lenox
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10:14 PM
Heavy Mellow
Artist : Dana Bryant
Album : Wishing From The Top
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10:23 PM
Love Rain (a cappella)
Artist : Jill Scott
Album : Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 CD Maxi
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10:41 PM
Adulterated Drum
Artist : L.I.F.E
Album : The Po/Jazz Connection: Live From Brave New World
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11:00 PM
African Rhythm Tongues
Artist : African Rhythm Tongues
Album : African Rhythm Tongues
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11:38 PM
Music Is My Sanctuary
Artist : Gary Bartz
Album : Music Is My Sanctuary
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11:46 PM
Brewing Poetry
Artist : Greg Osby
Album : Black Book
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11:58 PM
Artist : Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Album : Slo/Burn
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12:06 AM
Willy’s Headache
Artist : Cymande
Album : Cymande
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12:11 AM
Artist : Oneness of Juju
Album : African Rhythms
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12:18 AM
We Live in Philly Baby
Artist : Jazzy Jeff
Album : The Magnificent
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12:25 AM
Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Artist : Roy Ayers Ubiquity
Album : Everybody Loves the Sunshine
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12:37 AM
Artist : Jeff Coffin Mu’tet
Album : Into the Air
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12:45 AM
Thanks For Giving
Artist : Rez Abbasi
Album : Suno Suno
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1:00 AM
La Allah Dayim Moulenah
Artist : Maleem Mahmoud Ghania with Pharoah Sanders
Album : The Trance of Seven Colors
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1:12 AM
Kinda Blu
Artist : DJ Logic
Album : DJ Logic Presents Project Logic
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1:14 AM
Steppin Into Tomorrow
Artist : Madlib Shades of Blue
Album : Madlib Invades Blue Note
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1:22 AM
The Vibe
Artist : FMOB
Album : Once in a Blue Moon
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1:27 AM
Artist : Bilal
Album : 1st Born Second
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1:32 AM
Artist : Bobby Hutchenson
Album : The New Groove
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1:40 AM
Tutti Fruitti
Artist : AKA Rainbow Crow
Album : Black and Loud
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1:43 AM
Artist : Redbone
Album : The Essencial Redbone
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1:47 AM
Purple Haze
Artist : Brian Bromberg
Album : Bromberg Plays Hendrix
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1:54 AM
Artist : AKA Rainbow Crow
Album : Black and Loud
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The Bridge
11:31 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Trombonist, Composer, & Arranger Papo Vazquez Visits The Bridge: Oct 19th at 10 pm

Papo Vasquez

Charismatic trombonist and Philly homeboy Papo Vazquez commandeers The Bridge to discuss Oasis, the latest release by his Mighty Pirates Troubadours ensemble.  Papo Vazquez is more than 35 years into a career spanning the jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean and classical music recording worlds.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:01 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Burnt Sugar (The Arkestra Chamber) Lands On The Bridge: Sept. 21st at 10 pm

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

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.

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Spotlight on The Bridge
8:46 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Cross 'The Bridge' With Hannibal Lokumbe, Rachelle Ferrell and Bobby Zankel: Sept. 14th at 10 pm

Hannibal Lokumbe

You 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 first hour to speak about the world premiere of Can You Hear God Crying? at the Kimmel Center, as well as his participation in a much-anticipated John Coltrane celebration.

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Spotlight on The Bridge
8:07 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Bass Guitar Titan Victor Bailey Journeys Across The Bridge: Sept. 7th, 10 pm

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 provide unique insight into his performance that's scheduled the following night at Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania's Mauch Chunk Opera House.  The concert will feature fellow icons Lenny White and Larry Coryell. The bass great joins WRTI's J.

WRTI Spotlight
6:21 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Kora Player Ablaye Cissoko & Trumpeter Volker Goetze Visit The Bridge: August 3rd, 10 pm

A special evening is in store for you as host J. Michael Harrison welcomes two fascinating musicians to The Bridge: Senegalese kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German jazz trumpet player Volker Goetze. It's been several years since their last appearance on the show, and a lot has transpired. 

The duo will discuss their new CD, Amanke Dionti, the follow up to the critically acclaimed recording, Sira, and share details of a recently completed documentary that provides unique insight into Cissoko's life in Senegal.

WRTI Spotlight
8:20 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Conductor Michel Galante Crosses The Bridge to Discuss Spectral Impressions Concerts at Rodin Museum

Michel Galante

Conductor Michel Galante joins WRTI's J. Michael Harrison on July 20th at 10 pm to discuss two much-anticipated concerts he'll be conducting at the newly re-opened Rodin Museum. The Spectral Impressions 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.

French spectral music focuses on musical color, electronic sound, and impressionist aesthetics.

WRTI Spotlight
9:55 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Trombonist Jermaine Bryson Stops By The Bridge: July 6th at 10 pm

Jermaine Bryson, at right, is the band leader of MOZAIC FLOW.

Join WRTI's J. Michael Harrison as he welcomes the leader of Mozaic Flow, trombonist Jermaine Bryson.  Jermaine will be visiting The Bridge to debut the group's new single and discuss his career and upcoming CD release. As a Temple University graduate, with a degree in jazz performance, Jermaine has a profound love for all types of music. 

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WRTI Spotlight
7:42 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

NBC10's Byron Scott Visits The Bridge: June 29th at 10 pm

J. Michael Harrison

Join WRTI's J. Michael Harrison on Friday, June 29th at 10 pm as he welcomes NBC10's Byron Scott back to The Bridge to perform his semi-annual duties as guest co-host. Byron has become part of The Bridge's revolving door of guests, and always brings his passion for jazz to the experience. You'll once again benefit from his vast knowledge of music, as well as his motivation to expose you to some of the selections that have a special place in his jazz collection.

Jazz Interview
5:26 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

The Bridge: Ralph Peterson, Jr. on June 15th

Drummer and educator Ralph Peterson, Jr. joins WRTI's J. Michael Harrison on Friday, June 15th at 10 pm for a conversation about his career and his latest recording, The Duality Perspective.

The Bridge
3:29 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Danny Kramer and Francesca Gershwin on The Bridge

Tonight, host J. Michael Harrison features the tale of Two Dannys and a Francesca. It's an interview with painter Danny Simmons during the 11 pm hour, and then a conversation with jazz pianist Daniel Kramer and singer Francesca Gershwin, grand-niece of George Gershwin. Listen in on a live performance and a chat.