Jazz Through the Day

Monday through Saturday, 6 am to 6 pm

Join us for an exploration of the American treasure we all know as jazz - great sounds from great artists, featuring music by the masters as well as those who are new on the scene.

Your hosts:
John Lasanich: 6 am to 10 am
Chuck Leavens: 10 am to 6 pm
Tony Mowod: 6 pm to 2 am
Chuck Leavens: 2 am to 6 pm

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January 01, 2013

6:01 AM
Henry "Red" Allen
Album : The Chicago Jazz Ensemble
Label : CMG
6:06 AM
Blues Oriental
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Things Are Getting Better
Label : Riverside
6:11 AM
Artist : Irvin Mayfield and Ellis Marsalis
Album : Love Songs, Ballads and Standards
Label : Basin Street
6:16 AM
Small Day Tomorrow
Album : Tomato Kiss
Label : Proteus
6:20 AM
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : VARIOUS: the Prestige Records Story
Label : Prestige
6:25 AM
Jungle Soul
Artist : Dr. Lonnie Smith
Album : Jungle Soul
Label : Palmetto
6:33 AM
My Romance
Artist : Houston Person
Album : My Romance
Label : Savant
6:39 AM
Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Album : Catchin' Some Rays
Label : Telarc
6:44 AM
Blue Hour
Artist : Stanley Turrentine & The Three Sounds
Album : The Complete "Blue Hour" Sessions
Label : Blue Note
6:50 AM
In a Mellow Tone
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Verve
6:55 AM
Mister Sam
Artist : David Gordon
Album : Dozen a Day
Label : Zah Zah
7:01 AM
Prelude to a Kiss
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Love Songs
Label : Columbia
7:06 AM
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album : Moanin' Blues
Label : Prestige
7:11 AM
Album : Buzz
Label : Palmetto
7:18 AM
Artist : Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Album : Night Magic ... the Sounds of Big Band Jazz
Label : Sea Breeze
7:22 AM
Popsicle Toes
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : When I Look in Your Eyes
Label : Verve
7:27 AM
I’ll Never Be the Same
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : from OSCAR PETERSON: a Jazz Odyssey
Label : Verve
7:32 AM
Album : Cycling
Label : Origin
7:38 AM
Don’t You Know I Care
Artist : Joe Williams
Album : Every Night
Label : Verve
7:43 AM
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Album : Bumpin' in L.A.
Label : Clarion
7:49 AM
If You Love Me
Artist : DENA DeROSE
Album : I Can See Clearly Now
Label : Sharp Nine
7:54 AM
My Romance
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some of My Best Friends Are...The Sax Players
Label : Telarc
8:01 AM
Look For the Silver Lining
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : VARIOUS: the Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern
Label : Prestige
8:06 AM
Joy Spring
Artist : Dan Adler
Album : Back to the Bridge
Label : Emdan
8:11 AM
Maybe Next Year
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : The Art of the Ballad
Label : Prestige
8:17 AM
Almost in Your Arms
Artist : Ernie Andrews
Album : Jump For Joy
Label : Highnote
8:21 AM
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : The Legendary Okeh & Epic Recordings
Label : Epic
8:25 AM
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
Artist : John Stein
Album : Green Street
Label : A-Records
8:32 AM
Viva Tirado
Album : VARIOUS: the West Coast Jazz Box
Label : Contemporary
8:38 AM
Blues in the Night
Artist : Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson
Album : Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
Label : Verve
8:44 AM
Blues 4 Siboney
Artist : Jazz Expressions
Album : Yoyogi
Label : Bluejay
8:49 AM
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : The Art of Gerry Mulligan/The Final Recordings
Label : Telarc
8:55 AM
Artist : Lori Mechem & Ritmos Picante
Album : Welcome To Brazil
Label : Cognito
9:01 AM
Dearly Beloved
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Boss Guitar
Label : Riverside
9:06 AM
I Thought About You
Artist : Maxine Sullivan & Scott Hamilton
Album : Uptown
Label : Concord
9:11 AM
Artist : Pete Malinverni
Album : Invisible Cities
Label : Reservoir
9:19 AM
September Song
Album : VARIOUS: Atlantic Jazz Saxophones, Vol. 2
Label : Rhino
9:23 AM
Thou Swell
Artist : Hampton Hawes
Album : Four!
Label : Contemporary
9:28 AM
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
Artist : Beegie Adair Trio
Album : The Nat King Cole Collection
Label : Green Hill
9:33 AM
Besame Mucho
Artist : Arthur Blythe
Album : Blythe Byte
Label : Savant
9:38 AM
Everything I Love
Artist : Wesla Whitfield
Album : High Standards
Label : Highnote
9:43 AM
Time on My Hands
Album : Warm Valley
Label : Resurgent
9:49 AM
So Long
Artist : Charles Brown
Album : Just a Lucky So and So
Label : Bullseye
9:55 AM
On Peanuts Playground
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : from Wynton & Ellis Marsalis: Joe Cool's Blues
Label : Columbia


J. Michael Harrison's The Bridge
12:09 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

A Doctor, An Aussie, and The Bad Plus on The Bridge: June 27 at 10 PM

The Bad Plus

Tune in to The Bridge on Friday, June 27th at 10 pm to hear a jam-packed night of great music and interesting conversation.  

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:19 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Bobby Hutcherson's Good Vibes For Fiery Times

Bobby Hutcherson's new album on Blue Note Records is Enjoy The View.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of the artist

The vibraphone is a special instrument. That spooky, smoky, sparkling sound — there's nothing like it. And there's nothing like hearing the vibes played by Bobby Hutcherson.

Hutcherson has covered a lot of ground on his instrument. In the 1950s he was already playing professional gigs, as a teenager. In the '60s, he was a leading light of jazz's avant garde, breaking new ground on some of the most revered LPs issued by Blue Note Records.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:18 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Jazz Pianist and Hard Bop Composer Horace Silver Dies at 85

One of my favorite Horace Silver albums

When I first heard Horace Silver play piano, I said to myself, "this fellow must have been groomed in the African America church." Not quite...but somewhat close: his mother was of Irish-African descent, and did sing in church; and his father was of Afro-Portuguese heritage.

One could detect in his unique, straight-ahead jazz style, gospel, blues, soul and funk - well before the latter adjective found its way into the music lexicon. 

Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers: Doodlin'

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WRTI Spotlight
1:22 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

BP Remembers Jazz Vocalist Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott

The music world - and the world at large - lost a very fine singer of standard popular songs last week when Jimmy Scott died on June 12th at age 88.

It’s surprising that the name Jimmy Scott was unknown to a good number of folks. But to those familiar with his work and his way with a song, he was a legend...and some of those who favored his work, were and are, legends in their own right: Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Billie Holiday, to name a few, sang his praises. The standard pop and jazz cognoscente, knew Jimmy Scott!

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:36 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

Clifford Brown turned in a number of fine solos playing with bandleader Art Blakey in 1954.
Francis Wolff Courtesy of Blue Note Records

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 3:55 pm

Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.

One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records have showcased jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Its artists, both the jazz legends and those journeymen who are little regarded today, have helped shape the ever-evolving notion of what a solo is and what it can be.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.
Francis Wolff Blue Note Records

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:48 pm

Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. But the real legacy of the label is too big to capture on disc.

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Creatively Speaking
8:14 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Jazz Guitarist And Vocalist Jimi Odell: The Music Is You

Jimi Odell at home

A musician’s understanding of his artistry often deepens over time. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston gets a perspective from a jazz man who’s performed for over a half century. Guitarist and vocalist Jimi Odell has been called one of Philadelphia’s best-kept secrets. And even though he wasn’t born here, local jazz buffs proudly claim him as their own. Now in his '80s, Odell bought himself a guitar and an instruction book when he was 19. Looking back he says it’s not an easy instrument to master.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:27 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day

A lone bugler plays "Taps" during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 8:52 am

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A Big Band Celebration!
2:03 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

WRTI's Big Band Kick-Off to Summer on Memorial Day Weekend!

The Airmen of Note

Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start of summer, but was established to honor fallen troops who gave their lives for our country. Join WRTI as we honor both aspects of this holiday weekend. We'll provide the perfect music to fuel your holiday barbeque all weekend long, featuring a type of jazz that - historically - goes hand-in hand with patriotism – Big Band!

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Latest From ICON Magazine
10:48 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Billy Strayhorn, Composer of "Take the 'A' Train"

Composer, arranger, and pianist Billy Strathorn is best known for his 30-year collaboration with Duke Ellington. His compositions include "Take the "A" Train," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Lush Life."

He stood five feet, two inches tall, and his musical colleagues dubbed him “Swee’ Pea,” after the little character in the Popeye cartoons. But Billy Strayhorn ranked with the giants that composed enduring standard popular music. He was also nobody’s cartoon character. The handle was a reverent tease, applied by Strayhorn’s musical associates in the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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