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 17, 2012

10:00 PM
Beginnings (1st Minute of a New Day)
Artist : Gil Scott Heron
Album : From South Africa to South Carolina
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10:10 PM
Aftermath - The Ascending of the Soul
Artist : Hannibal Lokumbe
Album : Children of the Fire
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10:34 PM
Artist : Papo Vazquez - Mighty Pirates Troubadors
Album : Oasis
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10:45 PM
Artist : Wayne Shorter
Album : Native Dancer
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10:51 PM
Solea de Libertad
Artist : Buika
Album : Buika
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10:55 PM
From The Lonely Afternoons
Artist : Wayne Shorter
Album : Native Dancer
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11:03 PM
Sacred Chrome Orb
Artist : Joe Fiedler Trio
Album : Sacred Chrome Orb
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11:09 PM
Olney 60/30
Artist : Honey Ear Trio
Album : Steampunk Serenade
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11:15 PM
Artist : Shusmo
Album : One
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11:28 PM
Artist : Fight the Big Bull
Album : All is Gladness in the Kingdom
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11:38 PM
PMS Alert
Artist : Piet Verbust
Album : Zygomatic
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11:47 PM
Double Lake, Defined
Artist : Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up
Album : The Air is Different
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11:53 PM
Artist : Branford Marsalis Quartet
Album : Four MF's Playin' Tunes
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12:05 AM
Artist : Maceo Parker
Album : Soundtrack
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12:15 AM
Make it Funky - Funky Good Time - There Was A Time
Artist : Maceo Parker
Album : Soundtrack
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12:35 AM
Tune Off The Lights
Artist : Larry Young’s Fuel
Album : Larry Young's Fuel
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12:41 AM
Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk
Artist : Weldon Irvine
Album : Cosmic Vortex (Justice Devine)
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12:49 AM
Artist : George Duke
Album : Faces in Reflection
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12:54 AM
A Tear To A Smile
Artist : Roy Ayers
Album : A Tear To A Smile
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1:01 AM
Brothers Gonna Work It Out
Artist : Willie Hutch
Album : The Mack
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1:06 AM
Harlem Clavinette
Artist : Bobby Womack
Album : Across 110th Street
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1:08 AM
Physical Love
Artist : Eddie Hazel
Album : Game - Dames & Guitar Thangs
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1:14 AM
JB Still The Man
Artist : Bootsy Collins
Album : The Funk Capital of the World
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1:23 AM
Venusian Summer
Artist : Lenny White
Album : Venusian Summer
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1:28 AM
Climax - Theme From the Astral Pirates
Artist : Lenny White
Album : The Adventures of Astral Pirates
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1:35 AM
Space Circus Part 2
Artist : Return to Forever
Album : Hymn of the 7th Galaxy
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1:40 AM
Jungle Waterfall
Artist : Return to Forever
Album : No Mystery
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1:43 AM
Flight of the Newborn
Artist : Return to Forever
Album : No Mystery
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1:52 AM
Artist : Rebirth Brass Band
Album : Rebirth For Life
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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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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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