The William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia first imagined the nation’s first LGBT Jazz Festival last year. And over the course of the year, the city, and the city’s jazz community - including the Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop - signed on.
Join WRTI’s Jeff Duperon on Friday, September 19th at 6 pm as he broadcasts live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 music series. This week's show features headliners from the first-ever OutBeat Jazz Festival, organized by the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia. and boasts one of the finest musicians you could ask for: five-time Grammy nominated pianist Fred Hersch.
It's a must-listen event! The top 100 jazz songs that you voted for, broadcast throughout the holiday weekend. Listen starting on Friday, August 29 at 6 pm, Sunday, August 31 from 8 to midnight, and Monday, September 1 starting at 6 pm - and ending when the #1 song is played. You'll find the list below as the countdown begins! Thank you SO much to everyone who voted this year.
We have very sad news to share. Jazz violinist, improviser, composer, and educator extraordinaire John Blake, Jr. passed away today at age 67. In addition to being a sweetheart of a man, John had a fascinating career that led him to perform with Grover Washington, Jr., McCoy Tyner, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, and the list goes on. He also gave so much of himself to thousands of students across the Philadelphia region, instilling in them his love of music and the jazz tradition. RIP, Mr. Blake.
On Sunday, July 27th at 8:30 PM, Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomesLauren Larkwho honed her talents of singing jazz, classical, and many genres in between with a diverse concentration on linguistics including French, Portuguese, Latin, and German at The University of The Arts and has performed at numerous venues and events worldwide.
Lauren will discuss her latest project, “A WOMAN of ONE," This musical one-woman program showcases the many talents of the Philadelphia native Lauren Lark.
In case you missed Jeff Duperon's live broadcast from Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on July 11th, here are clips from Maureen Malloy's interview with vocalist Kevin Valentine, which aired during the broadcast.
Also, for your listening pleasure, here is some of the interview that did not make it on the air during the broadcast. If you're wondering about possible future music from Kevin Valentine, be sure to give this a listen!
You never know where you'll encounter composer Uri Caine- born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia, but now equally well known in jazz and classical circles around the world. But the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns found him rehearsing in yet another musical continent at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Olney.
Locally born saxophonist Michael Pedicin has lived the life of many men. We know him for his music, but when Maureen Malloy interviewed Michael prior to his Art After 5 performance on June 20th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we learned that his career was much more extensive. In case you missed it, below are the clips that aired.
Join Jeff Duperon on Friday, June 20th at 6 pm as he hosts his program live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum’s Art After 5 series is featuring Michael Pedicin, a nationally respected post-bop saxophonist with some strong Philadelphia ties. Pedicin and his band will perform in support of their most recent release, Why Stop Now…Ubuntu.
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.