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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October 11, 2013

10:00 PM
Is That Jazz
Artist : Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson
Album : It's Your World
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10:05 PM
Jazz Planet
Artist : Soweto Kinch
Album : Jazz Planet
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10:12 PM
Artist : Roy Ayers Ubiquity
Album : Ubiquity
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10:15 PM
We Live In Philly
Artist : DJ Jazzy Jeff
Album : The Magnificent
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10:22 PM
My True Love
Artist : Natalie Fernandez
Album : Nuestro Tango
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10:32 PM
Mr. Drum
Artist : Ronnie Burrage
Album : Heal
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10:44 PM
Nhung Bac Thang
Artist : Arron Germain
Album : Chance
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10:53 PM
Flight of the Newborn
Artist : Return To Forever
Album : No Mystery
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11:07 PM
My Puppy
Artist : Sol Lee
Album : Twice
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11:11 PM
Lonely Women/Eva’s Song
Artist : N’Dambi
Album : Tunin Up and Co-Signin
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11:17 PM
Artist : Lili Anel
Album : I Can See Bliss From Here
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10:24 PM
Artist : Hamiet Bluiett
Album : Barbeque Band
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11:37 PM
La Allah Dayim Moulenah
Artist : Maleem Mahmoud Ghania w/Pharoah Sanders
Album : Trance of the Seven Colors
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11:51 PM
Memories of Edith Johnson
Artist : Pharoah Sanders
Album : Pharoah
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12:05 AM
The Creator Has A Master Plan
Artist : Pharoah Sanders
Album : Karma
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12:37 AM
Save Our Children
Artist : Pharoah Sanders
Album : Save Our Children
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12:51 AM
A Love Supreme
Artist : Rufus Harley
Album : Sustain
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1:00 AM
Artist : Carla Bley
Album : Trios
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1:07 AM
Artist : Claudia Quintet
Album : Semi Formal
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1:15 AM
Sunset to 7
Artist : Andrew Waddell
Album : Sunset to 7
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1:22 AM
Utopian Struggle
Artist : George Colligan’s Mad Science
Album : Realization
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1:33 AM
Repaying Debts of Gratitude
Artist : Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound
Album : Trancendence and Triumph
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1:40 AM
Real and Imagined Time
Artist : Ned Rothenberg
Album : Real and Imagined Time
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1:53 AM
Artist : Tim Berns Snake Oil
Album : Shadow Man
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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.

WRTI Spotlight
10:09 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Interview with Composer Muhal Richard Abrams

WRTI's J. Michael Harrison interviews composer, arranger, clarinetist, cellist, and jazz pianist Muhal Richard Abrams about his collaboration with Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound. The project features work commissioned by Abrams in the "Free Jazz" medium; his work compresses both contemporary and traditional ideas into lean, elegant pieces. You can hear the interview in the video below.

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