Jazz with Jeff Duperon

Friday, 6 to 10 pm; Saturday, 6 to 9 pm; Sunday, 9 pm to midnight
  • Hosted by Jeff Duperon, Heard on FM / HD-1 and the jazz stream

Jazz with Jeff Duperon combines today's movers and shakers in jazz with the classic and familiar. Join Jeff as he brings you creative interpretations of your favorite jazz standards, and takes you on a journey that focuses on what he describes as, “Culturally vibrant music from new and established artists, celebrating the past with an eye on the future.”

You'll enjoy fresh arrangements and orchestrations, like a Big Band version of a Monk tune, a young vocalist bringing life to the music of Lady Day, or an original composition from a new voice on the jazz landscape. Jeff occasionally features concert broadcasts from local venues and festivals.  

Tune in to hear a little bit of something old, a lot of something new, something borrowed, and something blue on Jazz with Jeff Duperon!

The late Eartha Kitt’s strength, vulnerability, and sensuality inspired singer/songwriter René Marie’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, I Wanna be Evil, With Love to Eartha Kitt.  Marie knows firsthand the risks of setting a new course in life.  When she was in her 40s, she quit her day job at a bank to devote herself to singing and composing fulltime. It was a decision that was not without repercussions. And about a year later, her marriage ended.

For a musician, the words “sanctuary,” “retreat,” and “haven” suggest attractive possibilities for creative expression. The Jazz Residency Program at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts isn’t based on the isolation these places evoke, but it does provide an environment conducive to a creative stream. The program is aimed at local jazz artists who can write music.

Join us this Sunday, April 24th at 9 pm for a special program that examines the making of the motion picture, Miles Ahead.

This hour-long show delves into how the director and star of Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle, uses unlikely circumstances, like car chases and gunfights, to create a portrait of the legendary musical genius, Miles Davis. 

Henry Threadgill, a saxophonist and flutist known as one of the most original composers influenced by jazz, has been awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his recording In for a Penny, In for a Pound.

Pioneering bassist and composer Jymie Merritt was born in Philadelphia in 1926. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he made a name for himself nationally but also founded a groundbreaking Philadelphia-based band that continues to inspire today’s generation of jazz artists.

NPR’s Jazz Night in America honored Jymie Merritt with a special concert this past January at World Cafe Live. The concert will air on WRTI, Sunday, April 10th at 8 pm. Watch video here!

Born To Be Blue: Chet Baker In 5 Songs

Mar 25, 2016

 In the greater jazz world, Danilo Pérez is a respected pianist. In his homeland of Panama, he's a national icon and cultural ambassador, and not just for his artistry. Ever since he returned to perform in his war-torn homeland in the 1980s, he's seen the potential for jazz to be a vehicle for social change, and spent much of his time offstage seeding this vision in the form of youth music education programs.

Acoustic smashing has become one of singer Jacqui Naylor’s signature styles. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Naylor, who learned jazz standards at her parents player piano. 


We're cooking up a treat for all of our WRTI night owls and morning birds! WRTI jazz host Ross Amico kicks off the Academy Awards weekend on Saturday morning from 2 to 6 AM with jazz tunes from famous films.

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