Jazz with Maureen Malloy

Monday through Thursday, 9 pm to midnight

The best in acoustically driven jazz, featuring swing, bop, post-bop, cool and beyond from the classic sessions of yesterday and the new cats of today. Don't miss the Jazz Hot 11 on Mondays at 10:30 pm.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:18 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Steve Coleman, Saxophonist And Innovative Composer, Named MacArthur Fellow

Steve Coleman practices in his backyard in Allentown, Penn.
Jeff Fusco Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, 57, has been named one of 21 new recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as the "genius grant." The award is worth a unrestricted stipend of $625,000 over five years, as dispensed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Creatively Speaking
3:24 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

A Queerly Cool Jazz Festival in Philadelphia

Composer, arranger, and pianist Billy Strayhorn was an openly gay black man living in New York City in the 1930s, which took much courage. His "Lush Life" explores that experience.

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.

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Live Broadcast From Philadelphia Museum of Art
9:21 am
Fri September 12, 2014

OutBeat Jazz Fest Headliners: Sept. 19 at 6 PM on WRTI

Pianist Fred Hersch is one of the headliners performing at Art After 5 on September 19th.

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.

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WRTI Spotlight
5:39 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

John Blake, Jr. Remembered (1947-2014)

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. 

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
9:26 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Dee Alexander - Now or Never - SONGS MY MOTHER LOVES   

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CD Selections
11:55 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: August 4, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1.  Cyrus Chestnut - Bag's Groove - MIDNIGHT MELODIES   

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:55 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: July 28, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Fred Hersch Trio - Floating - FLOATING   

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: July 21, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Gregory Porter - Moanin' - GREAT VOICES OF HARLEM   

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:03 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch released his latest album, a trio recording called Floating, in July.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 8:57 am

The last time Fred Hersch was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.

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Clips From the Art After 5 Broadcast
11:13 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Meet Vocalist Kevin Valentine

Jazz vocalist Kevin Valentine

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!

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