Jazz with Jeff Duperon

Friday, 6 to 10 pm

Kick off your weekend with Jeff Duperon as he takes a cruise through the current.

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Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz on July 31st
6:35 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Afro-Brazilian Percussion in a Big Band Jazz Format! July 31st at TPAC

WRTI is proud to be one of the presenting organizations of the July 31st performance of Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz on July 31st at 7:30 pm at the Temple University Performing Arts Center.

The Philadelphia Jazz Project & WRTI are partnering to present a very special concert featuring Afro-Brazilian percussion in a Big Band Jazz format! Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz, with guests Arturo O'Farrill & Steve Berstein and Another Holiday For Skins w/Robert Kenyatta, Doc Gibbs, Pablo Batista & Luke Carlos O'Reilly. It's their first time performing in Philadelphia! Don't miss it! Details here.

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WRTI Arts Desk
5:59 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Dave Burrell's Music on the Civil War, Parts 1 and 2

Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee

From 2010 to 2015, composer and pianist Dave Burrell wrote 24 works inspired by his study of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection of Civil War documents and photos. The poems and lyrics of Monika Larsson also gave life to many of these compositions. Consulting with experts and scholars, Burrell and Larsson traced the route of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train from Washington to Springfield, Illinois.

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Latest From ICON Magazine
11:04 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

It's Easy To Love Jazz Singer Joanna Pascale's WILDFLOWER

Listening to Joanna Pascale sing is like getting a big hug. Her voice is warm, wise and easy to love. The Philly native has put out fine solo albums previously, but nothing like Wildflower, a deeply felt record that freely mixes pop tunes, blues, and outlier standards.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:53 am
Wed June 24, 2015

My Friend, Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman at his 85th birthday party in March 2015.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 2:22 pm

John Rogers is a photographer living in New York City who specializes in jazz. A few weeks ago, he approached NPR with the idea to document the unique connection he shared with his friend Ornette Coleman. He was working on it when Coleman died last week at 85. Rogers finished the story for us here. --Ed.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:01 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Dave Burrell’s Take on Robert E. Lee and Lincoln

Dave Burrell

From 2010 to 2015, composer and pianist Dave Burrell wrote 24 works inspired by his study of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection of Civil War documents and photos. The poems and lyrics of Monika Larsson also gave life to many of these compositions. Consulting with experts and scholars, Burrell and Larsson traced the route of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train from Washington to Springfield, Illinois.

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Latest from ICON Magazine
11:29 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

John Raymond Convinces in Foreign Territory

John Raymond
Eric Ryan Anderson

A fast-rising modernist, trumpeter John Raymond assembles a solid team of musicians for his sophomore release Foreign Territory. Anchored by the resolute Billy Hart on the drums, bassist Joe Martin, and the gifted pianist Dan Tepfer, Raymond delivers a masterful set of multi-textured songs; they swing obliquely and pull you in with disarming ease.

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Jazz News
10:56 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Ornette Coleman, Jazz Iconoclast, Dies At 85

Ornette Coleman performs during the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2010.
Peter Van Breukelen Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 8:33 am

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Latest from ICON Magazine
6:52 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Harold Mabern, Modern Bebop, and Irresistible Singers

Pianist Harold Mabern is a two-fisted swinger, a legendary presence on the many great Blue Note dates of the ’60s, who continues to add a distinctive groove to his many solo projects. He’s partial to playing blocks of chords hard and quick, as if he needs to get somewhere fast. His melodic ideas seem to dance from his fingertips. It’s his signature technique combined with a sound that’s shot through with honey-dripping soul, as sweet and graceful as can be.

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Latest from ICON Magazine
11:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Ben Williams: More Than Just Jazz Appeal

It was easy to see why bassist Ben Williams’s debut CD State of Art made such a splash. It had a deserved buzz around a rising talent, and remains a primer for how to make a modern jazz record.

Since then, besides heavy side-gigging and touring with his band as Ben Williams and Sound Effect (Christian Sands, Marcus Strickland, Matthew Stevens, and John Davis), the 30-year-old had a key role in the Pat Metheny Unity Group. The band played over 150 shows internationally in 2013, which is a lot of experience in a compressed time frame.

So it’s not surprising that his follow-up CD, Coming of Age, is a rush of pleasure from beginning to end.

A taste of the new Ben Williams CD, Coming of Age:

The highly-disciplined Williams, a Juilliard graduate and winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition, weds fresh jazz to pop and R&B on seriously engaging tunes that hum and heave from his nimble bass whether he’s on acoustic or electric. The record is backboned by tracks that electrify (“Strength and Beauty”) and groove (“Half Steppin’”), yet his vocal collaborations with soul singer Goapele (“Voice of Freedom”) and a reprise of a track called “Toy Soldiers” with rap/spoken-word artist W. Ellington Felton satisfy the de rigueur groove revivalism and album’s crossover appeal.

Instrumentals like “Black Villain Music” and the sweet gloss of strings and muted trumpet by guest Christian Scott on “Lost And Found” will satisfy on multiple spins, but it’s the keyed-up guitar solos, funky electric piano, sonorous sax, and wicked beats that give Coming of Age its more-than-just-jazz appeal.

It’s a contagious hang, fueled by virtuosity and vision along with Williams’s canny sense of music-making.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

All Songs +1: 'Epic' Jazz From Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington's appropriately-named new album, The Epic, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 10:37 am

Even if you don't know anything about jazz, it's quite possible you've heard the music of saxophonist Kamasi Washington: That's him on the latest albums by Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. But that's only the very tip of his iceberg.

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