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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December 28, 2012

10:00 PM
The Other Side Part I
Artist : Gil Scott Heron
Album : Spirits
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10:06 PM
The Other Side Part II
Artist : Gil Scott Heron
Album : Spirits
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10:12 PM
The Other Side Part III
Artist : Gil Scott Heron
Album : Spirits
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10:19 PM
I Can’t Write Left Handed
Artist : Carl Hancock Rux
Album : Good Bread Alley
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10:30 PM
Artist : The Cookers
Album : Warriors
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10:36 PM
Africa Revisted
Artist : Billy Harper
Album : Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 2
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10:53 PM
Knowledge of Self
Artist : Billy Harper
Album : Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 2
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11:04 PM
Jazz Planet
Artist : Soweto Kinch
Album : Jazz Planet
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11:13 PM
Jazz To Hip Hop
Artist : Ernest Dawkins
Album : Cape Town Shuffle
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11:32 PM
Machine Gun
Artist : World Saxophone Quartet
Album : Are You Experienced
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11:40 PM
The Lonely Know
Artist : Jean Paul Bourelly
Album : Vibe Music
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11:52 PM
Voodoo Child
Artist : Nguyen Le
Album : Purple
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11:58 PM
My Friend
Artist : Jimi Hendrix
Album : Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues
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12:10 AM
Rising Sign
Artist : Edwin Birdsong
Album : Super Natural
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12:15 AM
Unfair Competition
Artist : Roberta Piket & Alternating Current
Album : I'm Back In Therapy and It's All Your Fault
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12:22 AM
Beyond Games
Artist : Cindy Blackman
Album : Another Lifetime
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12:27 AM
Stranger On The Subway
Artist : Rebbeca Coupe Franks
Album : Two Dreams
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12:35 AM
Ponta De Areia
Artist : Esperanza Spalding
Album : Esperanza
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12:41 AM
Knowledge of Good and Evil
Artist : Esperanza Spalding
Album : Chamber Music Society
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12:49 AM
Artist : Esperanza Spalding
Album : Junjo
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12:53 AM
Endangered Species
Artist : Esperanza Spalding
Album : Radio Music Society
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1:02 AM
Artist : Terri Lynn Carrington
Album : Mosaic
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1:06 AM
Golden Horn
Artist : Joe Lovano
Album : Cross Culture
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1:11 AM
Garvey’s Ghost
Artist : Max Roach
Album : Percussion Bitter Sweet
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1:19 AM
Who’s In Control
Artist : Gary Thomas
Album : Pariah's Pariah
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1:25 AM
Torture and Glory
Artist : Ivo Perelman
Album : The Clairvoyant
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1:36 AM
Artist : Myriad 3
Album : Tell
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1:42 AM
Seven Claps
Artist : Ernesto Cervini
Album : Little Black Bird
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1:49 AM
Artist : Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band
Album : Celestial Green Monster
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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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