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 12, 2013

6:01 AM
Try It Baby
Album : Street Noise
Label : Severn
6:06 AM
You Can’t Rush Spring
Artist : Ruth Aguilar
Album : An Invitation
Label : Ruth Aguilar
6:11 AM
Love is a Many Splendored Thing
Artist : Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Album : Brown and Roach Incorporated
Label : EmArcy
6:16 AM
The Peeper
Artist : David Sanborn
Album : Only Everything
Label : Decca
6:20 AM
I Mean You
Artist : Thelonious Monk & Gerry Mulligan
Album : Mulligan Meets Monk
Label : Riverside
6:27 AM
Street of Dreams
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : The Best of the Pablo Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
6:33 AM
O Guarani
Album : The Three Americas
Label : Blue Note
6:39 AM
Your Mind is on Vacation
Album : I Ain't Doing Too Bad
Label : Savant
6:43 AM
I’m Old Fashioned
Artist : Russ Freeman & Shelly Manne
Album : One on One
Label : Contemporary
6:47 AM
Star Song
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
6:52 AM
X-Ray Blues
Artist : Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Album : Soul Brothers/Soul Meeting
Label : Atlantic
7:01 AM
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Ten Fingers - One Voice
Label : Arkadia Jazz
7:06 AM
Let Me
Album : Manhattan Morning
Label : Jazzheads
7:11 AM
We’ll be Together Again
Artist : McCoy Tyner
Album : Nights of Ballads and Blues
Label : Impulse
7:16 AM
Blues Up and Down
Artist : Hot Club of Detroit
Album : Night Town
Label : Mack Avenue
7:20 AM
I Will Wait for You
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : Le Grand Freddy
Label : Fantasy
7:24 AM
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Artist : Paul Desmond Quartet
Album : Paul Desmond Quartet Live
Label : Verve
7:35 AM
Only a Rose
Album : The Feeling of Jazz
Label : Arbors
7:41 AM
Sail Away
Album : Meets the Three Tenors
Label : Brownstone
7:46 AM
Marche a la turque (Turkish March)
Album : Into the Blue
Label : Blue Note
7:49 AM
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : After Midnight
Label : Capitol
7:53 AM
Speak Low
Artist : Elias Haslanger
Album : Church on Monday
Label : Cherrywood
8:01 AM
Just a Second to Catch My Breath
Album : Standard of Language
Label : Warner Brothers
8:06 AM
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?
Artist : Davis and Dow
Album : Loverly
Label : Davis and Dow
8:09 AM
In Good Company
Artist : Jake Fryer/Bud Shank Quintet
Album : In Good Company
Label : Capri
8:15 AM
I’m Confessin’
Artist : Lester Young & Oscar Peterson
Album : Lester Young With the Oscar Peterson Trio
Label : Verve
8:19 AM
Out of the Night
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Page One
Label : Blue Note
8:27 AM
I Didn’t Know What Time it Was
Artist : Charlie Byrd Trio
Album : Au Courant
Label : Concord
8:32 AM
I’ll Be Seeing You
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : The Last Sessions - Volumes 1 & 2
Label : 32 Jazz
8:38 AM
Thou Swell
Artist : Blossom Dearie
Album : Blossom Dearie
Label : Verve
8:41 AM
Groove Yard
Artist : Marian McPartland
Album : In My Life
Label : Concord
8:45 AM
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : VARIOUS: Verve New Releases September 1992
Label : Verve
8:50 AM
Soul Speaks
Album : Soul Speaks
Label : Darwin Gross
9:01 AM
Past Imperfect
Artist : Joan Stiles
Album : Hurly-Burly
Label : Oo-Bla-Dee
9:06 AM
Artist : Don Braden
Album : Organic
Label : Epicure
9:11 AM
Bonnie’s Blues
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy's Diamonds - Best of the Verve Years
Label : Verve
9:16 AM
I’ll Take Romance
Artist : Sarah Partridge
Album : Perspective
Label : Peartree
9:20 AM
I’m Just a Lucky So and So
Album : VARIOUS: Blue Note Plays Ellington & Strayhorn
Label : Blue Note
9:25 AM
Two Timer
Artist : Claire Daly
Album : Baritone Monk
Label : NCB Jazz
9:31 AM
Far Too Little Love
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Do You Have Any Sugar?
Label : Concord
9:37 AM
Why Do I Love You?
Artist : Statesmen of Jazz
Album : A Multitude of Stars
Label : Arbors
9:42 AM
Artist : Matt Wilson Arts and Crafts
Album : The Scenic Route
Label : Palmetto
9:46 AM
Star Eyes
Artist : Shahida Nurullah
Album : The Ruby And the Pearl
Label : Alembic Arts
9:51 AM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Oliver Nelson
Album : The Blues and the Abstract Truth
Label : Impulse


CD Selections
4:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

June Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Here's Nick Bewsey from ICON Magazine with a bunch of great jazz CDs to tell you about.

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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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