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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November 23, 2012

10:00 PM
Artist : Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson
Album : It's Your World
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10:07 PM
Pass the Peas
Artist : In the Tradition
Album : Sirius
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10:12 PM
Freedom Jazz Dance
Artist : Pee Wee Ellis
Album : Tenoration
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10:25 PM
Artist : Tony Allen
Album : Secret Agent
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10:42 PM
Artist : Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze
Album : Amank'e Dionti
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10:50 PM
Artist : Gretchen Parlato
Album : In a Dream
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10:56 PM
The Hook Introduction
Artist : Grand Pianoramax
Album : The Biggest Piano in Town
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10:58 PM
The Hook
Artist : Grand Pianoramax
Album : The Biggest Piano in Town
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11:02 PM
39 Steps
Artist : Linda Sharrock
Album : Linda Sharrock and the Three Man Band
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11:09 PM
Artist : Scott Amendola Band
Album : Believe
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11:18 PM
New Schemes
Artist : Marina Vishnyakova
Album : Atlantic Experience
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11:30 PM
Madoka Blue
Artist : David Fiuczynski
Album : Planet MicroJam
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11:38 PM
Artist : Spectrum Road
Album : Spectrum Road
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11:50 PM
Spanish Key
Artist : Imitation
Album : Asiento
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12:06 AM
Artist : Omar
Album : For Pleasure
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12:11 AM
Sun Moon Child
Artist : Iman Uzuri
Album : Her Holy Water
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12:15 AM
Tutti Fruitti
Artist : Jef Lee Johnson
Album : Black and Loud
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12:17 AM
How True Are You
Artist : Jef Lee Johnson
Album : The Singularity
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12:23 AM
In Time
Artist : Sly and the Family Stone
Album : Fresh
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12:33 AM
Artist : Lionel Loueke
Album : Heritage
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12:40 AM
Sorrow, Tears and Blood
Artist : Fela Kuti
Album : The Best of the Black President
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12:50 AM
Upside Down
Artist : Fela Kuti
Album : Original Broadway Cast Recording
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12:56 AM
Artist : Magauwane Mahloele
Album : Coming Home
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1:01 AM
Sketches of Your Smile
Artist : Dr. Guy Ramsey
Album : The Colored Waiting Room
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1:06 AM
Black Love
Artist : Teodross Avery
Album : New Day, New Groove
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1:12 AM
I Try
Artist : Maysa
Album : Motions of Love
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1:18 AM
Artist : Jean Paul Bourelly
Album : Trance Atlantic (Boom Bop II)
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1:30 AM
Romantic Warrior
Artist : Return to Forever
Album : Romantic Warrior
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1:40 AM
Inner Voices
Artist : Sweet Honey In The Rock
Album : Sacred Ground
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1:46 AM
Got Til Gone
Artist : Jeff Bradshaw
Album : Bone Appetit
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1:50 AM
Elephant Stroll
Artist : Harold E. Smith
Album : The Valley of the Sacred Sound
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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.