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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March 13, 2013

6:01 AM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis
Album : In a Mellotone
Label : RCA
6:06 AM
A Wonderful Guy
Artist : Debbie Poryes Trio
Album : A Song In Jazz
Label : Jazzschool
6:12 AM
New York State of Mind
Artist : David "Fathead" Newman
Album : Diamondhead
Label : HighNote
6:18 AM
Body and Soul
Artist : Andy Farber
Album : This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Label : Black Warrior
6:22 AM
Love Me or Leave Me
Album : Little Girl Blue
Label : Bethlehem
6:25 AM
In the Center
Artist : Andrea Brachfeld
Album : Lady of the Island
Label : Zoho
6:35 AM
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Artist : Benny Goodman
Album : Live at Carnegie Hall 1938
Label : Columbia
6:41 AM
My Funny Valentine
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : VARIOUS: Love Ballads - Late Night Jazz
Label : Telarc
6:45 AM
Album : All My Tomorrows
Label : Columbia
6:50 AM
Little White Lies
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Twelve Nights In Hollywood
Label : Hip-O Select
6:53 AM
Port of Rico
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some of My Best Friends Are...The Sax Players
Label : Telarc
7:01 AM
You Made Me Love You
Artist : Dominick Farinacci
Album : Dawn of Goodbye
Label : E One
7:06 AM
Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)
Artist : Jay Ashby and Steve Davis
Album : Mistaken Identity
Label : MCG Jazz
7:11 AM
Sing the Line
Album : Sing the Line
Label : Koch
7:16 AM
Artist : Sara Lazarus
Album : Give Me the Simple Life
Label : Dreyfus
7:20 AM
Album : Smokin' Jazz
Label : Muse
7:31 AM
Oh, Good Grief
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
7:35 AM
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Wonderland
Label : Pablo
7:41 AM
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Artist : Steve Blackwood
Album : I Don't Worry 'bout a Thing
Label : Chartmaker
7:44 AM
Autumn in New York
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Ahmad's Blues
Label : Chess
7:47 AM
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Standard Time, Vol. 3
Label : Columbia
7:50 AM
Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)
Artist : Jimmy McGriff
Album : Straight Up
Label : Milestone
8:01 AM
Night and Day
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Ten Fingers - One Voice
Label : Arkadia Jazz
8:06 AM
Very Early
Artist : George Shearing
Album : That Shearing Sound
Label : Telarc
8:11 AM
He Looked Beyond My Faults
Artist : Anthony E. Nelson Jr.
Album : Testament - Live at Cecil's
Label : Music Stand
8:17 AM
The Peeper
Artist : David Sanborn
Album : Only Everything
Label : Decca
8:21 AM
You Can Depend on Me
Artist : Jimmy Rushing & Dave Brubeck
Album : Brubeck & Rushing
Label : Columbia
8:24 AM
Hope In The Face of Despair
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Moraga
Label : Jazzcats
8:34 AM
’Round Midnight
Artist : GROUP 15
Album : Plays Monk
Label : Sunnyside
8:39 AM
Tin Tin Deo
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Pure Genius: the Complete Atlantic Recordings
Label : Atlantic
8:45 AM
In Flower
Artist : Ken Peplowski
Album : In Search Of..
Label : Capri
8:50 AM
Summer Serenade
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : DOOZY
Label : OpenArt
8:54 AM
The Intimacy of the Blues
Artist : Roni Ben-Hur
Album : Fortuna
Label : Motema
9:01 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Band
Album : Things to Come
Label : MCG
9:06 AM
Time Has Told Me
Artist : Brad Mehldau
Album : Where Do You Start
Label : Nonesuch
9:14 AM
Don’t Be That Way
Artist : Erroll Garner
Album : Verve Jazz Masters 7
Label : Verve
9:22 AM
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Deep in a Dream
Label : Pacific Jazz
9:26 AM
Brother Dave
Artist : Fiveplay Jazz Quintet
Album : Five of Hearts
Label : Auraline Music
9:31 AM
You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me
Album : Plays the Harry Warren Songbook
Label : DRG
9:35 AM
Sweet Lorraine
Artist : Ernie Andrews
Album : No Regrets
Label : 32 Jazz
9:41 AM
In a Sentimental Mood
Artist : Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Album : Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Label : Impulse
9:45 AM
If You Really Love Me
Artist : Deep Blue Organ Trio
Album : Wonderful!
Label : Origin
9:51 AM
It Had to Be You
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : Easy Living
Label : Sin-Drome
9:55 AM
Why Do I Love You?
Artist : Statesmen of Jazz
Album : A Multitude of Stars
Label : Arbors


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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