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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February 11, 2013

6:01 AM
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Triple Play
Label : MaxJazz
6:06 AM
I Thought About You
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Someday My Prince Will Come
Label : Columbia
6:11 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Jo Jones
Album : The Essential
Label : Vanguard
6:19 AM
I Wished on the Moon
Artist : IAN SHAW
Album : Soho Stories
Label : Milestone
6:23 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Marian McPartland
Album : Hickory House Trio - Reprise
Label : Concord
6:27 AM
Artist : John Brown
Album : Quiet Time
Label : Brown Boulevard
6:35 AM
Smoke Dreams
Artist : Marty Nau Group
Album : Mood Ebony
Label : Summit
6:41 AM
Artist : Cal Tjader
Album : VARIOUS: Rebop: the Savoy Originals
Label : Savoy
6:44 AM
How High the Moon
Artist : Beegie Adair Trio
Album : The Real Thing: Live
Label : Green Hill
6:51 AM
A Taste of Honey
Artist : Christian McBride Big Band
Album : The Good Feeling
Label : Mack Avenue
6:55 AM
Minor Chord
Artist : Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya
Album : L¿ E C¿ / Here & There
Label : AAM
7:01 AM
The Other Side of the Rainbow With Sibyl
Artist : Chip White
Album : Personal Dedications & Percussive Tributes
Label : Dark Colors
7:06 AM
The Nearness of You
Artist : Ruth Aguilar
Album : An Invitation
Label : Ruth Aguilar
7:10 AM
O B¿to
Artist : Brazilian Trio
Album : Constela¿¿o
Label : Motema
7:16 AM
Soul Eyes
Album : Boplicity
Label : Footprints Jazz
7:20 AM
I Cover the Waterfront
Artist : Paul Meyers Quartet
Album : Paul Meyers Quartet Featuring Frank Wess
Label : Miles High
7:28 AM
Sneak Preview
Artist : Jessica Williams
Album : Jessica's Blues
Label : Jazz Focus
7:35 AM
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
Album : Do Nothing Till You Hear From Us!
Label : Concord
7:41 AM
Take the "A" Train
Artist : Russ Freeman & Shelly Manne
Album : One on One
Label : Contemporary
7:44 AM
Yardbird Suite
Artist : Steve Davis
Album : Eloquence
Label : Jazz Legacy
7:48 AM
Me And My Echo
Artist : Laszlo Gardony
Album : Natural Instinct
Label : Sunnyside
7:51 AM
Sweet Sucker
Artist : Houston Person
Album : The Groove Masters Series
Label : Savant
8:01 AM
Bernie’s Tune
Artist : Mary Louise Knutson
Album : In the Bubble
Label : Meridian Jazz
8:06 AM
In a Sentimental Mood
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : The Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
8:11 AM
Prelude to a Kiss
Artist : Joe Wilder
Album : Savoy Jazz Sampler
Label : Savoy
8:17 AM
With a Song in My Heart
Artist : John Pizzarelli
Album : With a Song in My Heart
Label : Telarc
8:21 AM
My Funny Valentine
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : VARIOUS: Love Ballads - Late Night Jazz
Label : Telarc
8:26 AM
Artist : Elias Haslanger
Album : Church on Monday
Label : Cherrywood
8:33 AM
Alone Together
Artist : Skip Wilkins Trio
Album : I Concentrate on You
Label : Dreambox Media
8:39 AM
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Jazz Signatures
Label : Concord
8:44 AM
The Rio Dawn
Artist : Heath Brothers
Album : Endurance
Label : Jazz Legact
8:52 AM
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Artist : Krisanthi Pappas
Album : A Centennial Tribute to George and Ira Gershwin
Label : Magnetic
8:56 AM
Dizzy Does It
Artist : Tony guerrero
Album : Blue Room
Label : Charleston Square
9:01 AM
Chitlins Con Carne
Artist : Calvin Keys
Album : An Evening With Calvin Keys
Label : Lifeforcejazz
9:06 AM
Autumn Leaves
Artist : Lynn Veronneau
Album : Jazz Samba Project
Label : Veronneau Music
9:11 AM
Artist : Gary Smulyan
Album : Smul's Paradise
Label : Capri
9:16 AM
Artist : Tierney Sutton Band
Album : American Road
Label : BFM Jazz
9:20 AM
The Lady’s in Love With You
Album : RH Positive
Label : Philly Breakdown
9:26 AM
Blue Room
Artist : Charlie Byrd Trio
Album : Au Courant
Label : Concord
9:31 AM
Hello Young Lovers
Artist : Michael Carvin
Album : Michael Carvin
Label : Marsalis Music
9:37 AM
Sweet Like This
Album : VARIOUS: West Coast Jazz Classics Sampler
Label : Pacific Jazz
9:41 AM
Ballad Impromptu
Artist : Alan Broadbent
Album : Personal Standards
Label : Concord
9:47 AM
Canadian Sunset
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Boss Tenor
Label : Prestige
9:53 AM
Bags’s Guitar Blues
Artist : Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Album : Soul Brothers/Soul Meeting
Label : Atlantic


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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