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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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'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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