If you think about it, jazz songs are some of the most romantic in existence. From the standards of the Great American Songbook, to steamy bossa nova songs, and on to the classic and contemporary ballads of love, the language of devotion has been whispered through your speakers since you started listening to this great art form.
Join WRTI’s Jeff Duperon as he broadcasts live from Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, tonight starting at 6 pm. The featured performers at the museum are the East Gipsy Band, respected jazz and gypsy musicians from the Hungarian music scene. Integrating traditional Roma music with improvisation and jazz, their music features well-known French, German, Italian, Hungarian, and Roma tunes. Jazz saxophonist and keyboardist Tim Ries performs on their debut album, released in May 2011.
Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 7:00 pm
It says a lot about his enduring hold on jazz listeners that over a half century into his career, the descriptive phrases most commonly put in front of Wayne Shorter's name — along with "the great saxophonist and composer" — remain "the elusive" and "the enigmatic." The inside tray card to Shorter's Without a Net, the runaway Best Album winner in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics P
Join us as we take a walk through the wonderful new jazz releases of the year. The Top 100 of 2013 will kick off at 8 pm on Sunday, December 29th with Jeff Duperon, and will run until midnight. J. Michael Harrison will continue the Countdown on Monday and Tuesday night from 9 pm to midnight.
We'll ring in the New Year with your top favorite new jazz releases of the year. So make sure you spend New Year’s Eve with WRTI, and find out this year's top pick!
Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:39 pm
For decades, Jimmy Amadie played solely in his home, heard only by his students when he'd play for them during lessons. His performing career was derailed because of severe hand problems. But later in life, he achieved some fame for his albums — and for the story of what he'd had to overcome to make it possible for him to record. Amadie died of lung cancer on Dec. 10. He was 76.
Join Jeff Duperon on Friday, December 20th as he broadcasts live from a special holiday-themed Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O will make everyone jolly as they perform seasonal jazz from their album that has quickly become a holiday classic.
Join WRTI's Jeff Duperon as he hosts his program live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum’s Art After 5 music performance series is featuring pianist and bandleader Orrin Evans on Friday night starting at 5:45 pm. A true example of Philadelphia jazz at its finest, Evans has managed to bring his music all over the world, and is a mainstay on New York stages as well as the stages here in his hometown.