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 28, 2013

6:01 AM
Rose Room
Album : The Complete Charlie Shavers With Maxine Sullivan
Label : Bethlehem
6:06 AM
Take Five
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Time Out
Label : Columbia
6:11 AM
Body & Soul
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Echoes of Indiana Avenue
Label : Resonance
6:17 AM
Blue Skies
Album : 20
Label : Columbia
6:21 AM
Only Trust Your Heart
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : Only Trust Your Heart
Label : GRP
6:26 AM
Calling Softly
Album : Booker Little and Friend
Label : Bethlehem
6:33 AM
Artist : John Stein
Album : Green Street
Label : A-Records
6:39 AM
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Jazz Showcase
Label : Prestige
6:44 AM
Dat Dere
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album : Moanin' Blues
Label : Prestige
6:50 AM
Grady Tate Is In An Earthquake
Artist : Jay Leonhart
Album : The Double Cross
Label : Sunnyside
6:55 AM
You Got It
Artist : Chuck Loeb
Album : Plain 'n' Simple
Label : Tweety
7:01 AM
Prelude to a Kiss
Artist : Tineke Postma
Album : A Journey That Matters
Label : n.a.
7:06 AM
They Didn’t Believe Me
Artist : Jeremy Davenport
Album : Maybe in a Dream
Label : Telarc
7:10 AM
I’ve Never Been in Love Before
Artist : Cory Weeds
Album : Everything's Coming Up Weeds
Label : Cellar Live
7:17 AM
My Aunt T
Artist : Sam Pannunzio Trio
Album : Goin' Home
Label : Eastside Jazz
7:21 AM
These Foolish Things
Album : Satch & Josh
Label : Pablo
7:27 AM
What It’s All About
Artist : Gerry Mulligan & Johnny Hodges
Album : Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges
Label : Verve
7:33 AM
When Your Lover Has Gone
Artist : Jessica Williams
Album : Higher Standards
Label : Candid
7:39 AM
Happiness is a Thing Called Joe
Album : My Gentleman Friend
Label : Muse
7:44 AM
Place & Time
Artist : Anat Cohen
Album : Anat Cohen - Place & Time
Label : n.a.
7:49 AM
Artist : Marian McPartland
Album : Plays the Music of Mary Lou Williams
Label : Concord
7:54 AM
Song For Richard
Album : Reflections
Label : Highnote
8:01 AM
El Azteco
Artist : Arlene McDaniel Trio
Album : Timeless
Label : Arlene McDaniel
8:06 AM
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Music Keeps Us Young
Label : Arkadia Jazz
8:11 AM
Watermelon Man
Album : Watermelon Man
Label : Milestone
8:15 AM
Bemsha Swing
Artist : GROUP 15
Album : Plays Monk
Label : Sunnyside
8:19 AM
How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : Le Grand Freddy
Label : Fantasy
8:24 AM
My Wild Irish Rose
Artist : Chantale Gagne
Album : Wisdom of the Water
Label : Chantelle Gagne
8:31 AM
Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
Album : Meets the Three Tenors
Label : Brownstone
8:37 AM
I Know That You Know
Artist : Milt Hinton
Album : The Judge at His Best
Label : Chiaroscuro
8:42 AM
Memories of You
Artist : Rufus Reid
Album : Hues of a Different Blue
Label : Motema
8:47 AM
You are Too Beautiful
Artist : John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Album : John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Label : Impulse
8:53 AM
The Duke
Artist : Joe Magnarelli
Album : My Old Flame
Label : Give@Go
9:01 AM
Star Eyes
Artist : Barry Harris
Album : At the Jazz Workshop
Label : Riverside
9:06 AM
Blues in the Night
Artist : Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson
Album : Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
Label : Verve
9:11 AM
Alfie’s Theme
Album : This is Love
Label : I.E.
9:18 AM
Hey There
Artist : Mark Elf
Album : Swingin'
Label : Jen Bay
9:22 AM
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
Album : Deep River: the Spirit of Gospel Music in Jazz
Label : Riverwalk
9:28 AM
Artist : Denis Solee & Beegie Adair
Album : Sax & Swing
Label : Green Hill
9:33 AM
Say Little Mama Say
Album : Only For the Pure at Heart
Label : Fable
9:39 AM
I’m Glad There Is You
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Lucky So and So
Label : Concord
9:44 AM
The Jody Grind
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Finger Poppin'
Label : Doodlin'
9:49 AM
O Grande Amor
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Sweet Rain
Label : Verve
9:54 AM
How Deep Is the Ocean
Artist : Beegie Adair Trio
Album : The Real Thing: Live
Label : Green Hill


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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