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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June 29, 2012

10:00 PM
Artist : Gil Scott Heron
Album : It's Your World
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10:06 PM
I Try
Artist : Maysa
Album : Motions of Love
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10:12 PM
Under the Moon and Over the Sky
Artist : Angela Bofill
Album : Angie
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10:18 PM
We’ll Make Love
Artist : Dave Valentin
Album : The Hawk
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10:23 PM
Share Your Love
Artist : Angela Bofill
Album : Angie
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10:35 PM
He Loves You
Artist : Seawind
Album : Seawind
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10:41 PM
Artist : Earth Wind and Fire
Album : The Need of Love
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10:50 PM
Eventually Live/All Blues
Artist : Audio Caviar
Album : Transoceanic
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11:02 PM
Artist : Eumir Deodato
Album : The Crossing
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11:06 PM
Mas Que Nada
Artist : Paula Morelenbaum/SWR Big Band/Ralf Schmid
Album : Bossarenova
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11:10 PM
Artist : DJ Bitman
Album : Cafe con Musica
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11:14 PM
Artist : Brazilian Groove Band
Album : Putumayo Presents Brazilian Beat
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11:18 PM
Tro Mako
Artist : Mario Canonge
Album : Retour Aux Sources
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11:23 PM
Artist : Harold Lopez-Nussa
Album : Canciones
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11:27 PM
Artist : Eliane Elias
Album : Paulistana
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11:38 PM
Adam’s Apple
Artist : Doug Carn
Album : Adam's Apple
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11:44 PM
Black Gold of the Sun
Artist : Rotary Connection
Album : The Very Best of the Rotary Connection
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11:51 PM
Black Gold
Artist : Esperanza Spalding
Album : Radio Music Society
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11:55 PM
Spirit of Summer
Artist : The Emotions
Album : Greatest Hits
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12:10 AM
Liberated Brother
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : In Pursuit of the 27th Man
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12:16 AM
Song for my Father
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : It's Got to be Funky
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12:21 AM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Album : Moanin
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12:24 AM
Collard Greens and Black Eyed Peas
Artist : Bud Powell
Album : Bud Powell Eight Classic Albums
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12:28 AM
Sharing the Night with Blues
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : You're My Thrill
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12:35 AM
A Flower is a Lonesome Thing
Artist : Vince Guarldi
Album : Jazz Impressions
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12:41 AM
Artist : Vince Guarldi
Album : The Latin Side of Vince Guarldi
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12:47 AM
Ponta de Areia
Artist : Earth Wind and Fire
Album : The Eternal Dance Volume II
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12:53 AM
Ponta de Areia
Artist : Eliane Elias
Album : Fantasia
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12:58 AM
Super Strut
Artist : Eumir Deodato
Album : Deodato 2
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1:06 AM
Rule My World
Artist : Eumir Deodato
Album : The Crossing
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1:15 AM
Mi Ballarina
Artist : Mamborama
Album : Directamente Al Mambo
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1:21 AM
Up Late
Artist : Jeff Linsky
Album : Introduction to Latin Jazz
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1:25 AM
Sweet Dreams
Artist : Senor Coconut
Album : Cafe con Musica
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1:29 AM
Artist : Passport
Album : Iguacu
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1:40 AM
Artist : Strunz and Farah
Album : Rio de Colores
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1:45 AM
Capricho Nocturno
Artist : Strunz and Farah
Album : Rio de Colores
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1:49 AM
Three Notes to Say That I Love You
Artist : Vicente Amigo
Album : Flamenco
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1:56 AM
Waters of March
Artist : Al Jarreau/Oleta Adams
Album : A Twist of Jobim
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J. Michael Harrison's The Bridge
12:09 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

A Doctor, An Aussie, and The Bad Plus on The Bridge: June 27 at 10 PM

The Bad Plus

Tune in to The Bridge on Friday, June 27th at 10 pm to hear a jam-packed night of great music and interesting conversation.  

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Latest From ICON Magazine
11:19 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Q & A with Jazz Group FOURPLAY

For more than 20 years, the world-renowned jazz group Fourplay has set the benchmark for contemporary jazz. From their eponymously titled debut in 1991, to their 2012 Heads Up release, Esprit du Four, pianist Bob James, bassist Nathan East, drummer Harvey Mason and guitarist Chuck Loeb have continued to innovate and charm listeners with their precise, dynamic instrumental jazz/pop sound. On record and on stage, their tasty grooves and virtuosity remain impressive.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:08 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Women In Jazz Philly Tour with Jeff Duperon, Sunday, March 23, 8:30 PM

Vocalist Rhenda Fearrington

Join us this Sunday night at 8:30 PM, when Jeff Duperon welcomes the "Women in Jazz Philly Tour" to his show. The tour is honoring women's history month, and features the all-female jazz group "nVizion." The "Last-Stop concert" is Sunday, March 30 from 4 to 6 pm at St. Terese Church, 6611 Ardleigh Street in Philadelphia.

Vocalists Rhenda Ferrington, Lauren Lark, Shamika Byrd, and Julie Charnet with Kendrah Butler on piano and Sadayah Roberts on drums will stop by to discuss this important event.  

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:40 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Ambrose Akinmusire: 'Music Can Tell You What It Wants To Be'

Ambrose Akinmusire's latest album is the imagined savior is far easier to paint.
Autumn DeWilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:02 am

For a jazz trumpet player, you couldn't be more on top of the world than Ambrose Akinmusire. The 32-year-old is looking good on the cover of this month's DownBeat, and he's managed to please the jazz critics and connect with audiences.

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Latest from Icon Magazine
12:03 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Jazz Guitarist Pat Metheny: Unified as a Whole

Pat Metheny

With the 2014 release of Kin (←→), Pat Metheny adds one more notch—another restlessly searching album that marks the zone between all jazz, all rock and all-world music—to his belt of aesthetic enterprises filled with zeal and innovation.

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A Look Into The Free Jazz Movement
9:30 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Still "The New Thing" - Exploring and Celebrating Free Jazz

Saxophonist Ornette Coleman

WRTI's J. Michael Harrison recently moderated a very special panel that explored music known as "The New Thing" - from the free jazz movement of the 1950s and 1960s, led by innovators such as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, and Sun Ra. 

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From ICON Magazine
11:47 am
Thu November 21, 2013

ICON Suggests: Pianist and Composer John Escreet's SABOTAGE AND CELEBRATION

British pianist and composer John Escreet

Ever since he released his debut recording, Consequences, on Posi-Tone Records in 2008, British pianist John Escreet has persisted in pushing at boundaries. On his subsequent rhythmically adventurous recordings you can hear the influence of avant-pianist Andrew Hill and former teacher Jason Moran, but as beguiling as those recordings were, they were more like really good sketch books with one or two amazing tunes with ideas for days and musician line-ups where everyone, none more so than the pianist, played their ass off.

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2013 Newport Jazz Festival LIVE!
12:35 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival LIVE Webcast: Right Here On WRTI.ORG, August 3 and 4

Can't make it to Rhode Island for this year's Newport Jazz Festival? No worries...just visit us online at for LIVE webcasts starting on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th.

Click here for Live Webcasts!

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The Bridge
5:34 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Alto Sax Player Soweto Kinch On The Bridge: June 28, 11 PM

Soweto Kinch

British saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is not a stranger to WRTI. Soweto has proven to be an extremely versatile musician, creatively fusing straight-ahead jazz with hip hop and spoken word; he always brings insight into the world of music. 

This interview on Friday, June 28th is a precursor to Soweto's appearance at the Kimmel Center’s monthly Sittin’ In session. WRTI's J. Michael Harrison is host of the performance as he celebrates 20 years of radio presence in the Philadelphia region. 

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Spotlight on The Bridge
5:44 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Drummer G. Calvin Weston On The Bridge Discussing 3 New CDs: Oct. 26th at 10 pm

Drummer G. Calvin Weston has been part of the revolving door of guests on The Bridge for years.  It doesn't hurt that he lives just a few blocks from the WRTI studios.  Impromptu late night visits have been part of his relationship with the show, and the audience has been quite the benefactor. 

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