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 15, 2013

6:01 AM
Tabellea Ex Terra
Artist : Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
Album : Mezzanine
Label : Owl
6:06 AM
El Vigia
Album : No Escape
Label : ACT Music
6:11 AM
Blue Brazil
Album : Black Sand
Label : Random Chance
6:17 AM
Hide Away
Artist : Marcus Goldhaber
Album : Almost Love
Label : Marcus Goldhaber
6:21 AM
Reflections in D
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Piano Reflections
Label : Capitol
6:24 AM
Spring Is Here
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Standard Coltrane
Label : Prestige
6:33 AM
Balada Para Isabel
Artist : Manuel Valera
Album : Currents
Label : MaxJazz
6:39 AM
Theme From Black Orpheus
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Take Ten
Label : RCA
6:43 AM
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center
6:48 AM
Blues For Wes
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some of My Best Friends Are...Guitarists
Label : Telarc
6:53 AM
Bye Bye Backhand
Album : Patch Kit
Label : Lemel Music
7:01 AM
Star Song
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
7:06 AM
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Artist : John Brown
Album : Quiet Time
Label : Brown Boulevard
7:13 AM
Artist : Colin Dean
Album : Shiwasu
Label : Colin Dean
7:20 AM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist : John Pizzarelli
Album : After Hours
Label : Novus
7:24 AM
I’ll Never Smile Again
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : VARIOUS: Fantasy Original Jazz Classics
Label : Fantasy
7:29 AM
Mood Indigo
Album : Live in Swing City
Label : Columbia
7:35 AM
Artist : Ren¿ Marie
Album : Black Lace Freudian Slip
Label : Motema
7:41 AM
The Pink Panther Theme
Artist : Plas Johnson
Album : VARIOUS: Ultimate Mancini
Label : Concord
7:45 AM
Our Spanish Love Song
Album : Beyond the Missouri Sky
Label : Verve
7:51 AM
The Perfect Mate
Artist : Steve White
Album : Jazz in Hollywood
Label : Nocturne
7:54 AM
Song For Richard
Album : Reflections
Label : Highnote
8:01 AM
In Walked Bud
Artist : Beegie Adair
Album : Into Somethin'
Label : Adair Music
8:06 AM
Pennies From Heaven
Artist : Lester Young & ’Sweets’ Edison
Album : from OSCAR PETERSON: a Jazz Odyssey
Label : Verve
8:11 AM
Street of Dreams
Artist : Cliff Monear
Album : ¿at the End of the Day
Label : Green Tea Jazz
8:17 AM
The Man I Love
Artist : Andy Farber
Album : This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Label : Black Warrior
8:21 AM
I Won’t Dance
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Album : Ella and Louis Again
Label : Verve
8:26 AM
Hey Joe
Artist : Brad Mehldau
Album : Where Do You Start
Label : Nonesuch
8:34 AM
Sailboat in the Moonlight
Artist : Wynton Marsalis & Richard Galliano
Album : From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac
Label : Rampart Street
8:40 AM
Skating in Central Park
Artist : Yoshiaki Masuo
Album : Are You Happy Now
Label : Sunnyside
8:45 AM
Take Advantage
Album : Other Hours - Connick on Piano I
Label : Marsalis Music
8:50 AM
Better Than Anything
Artist : Hilary Kole
Album : Haunted Heart
Label : Justin Time
8:53 AM
Do Nothin’ ’Till You Hear From Me
Artist : John Brown Trio
Album : Dancing With Duke
Label : Brown Boulevard
9:01 AM
El Azteco
Artist : Arlene McDaniel Trio
Album : Timeless
Label : Arlene McDaniel
9:06 AM
Lady of the Island
Artist : Andrea Brachfeld
Album : Lady of the Island
Label : Zoho
9:13 AM
’Round Midnight
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Live at Art D'Lugoff's: Top of the Gate
Label : Resonance
9:21 AM
One at a Time
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : Le Grand Freddy
Label : Fantasy
9:25 AM
Good Lookin’ Out
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Can You Dig It?!
Label : Impulse
9:30 AM
Dearly Beloved
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : VARIOUS: the Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern
Label : Prestige
9:35 AM
Old Man River
Artist : Les DeMerle
Album : Gypsy Rendezvous Vol. One
Label : Origin
9:41 AM
Close Your Eyes
Artist : Jeanie Bryson
Album : Some Cats Know: Songs of Peggy Lee
Label : Telarc
9:44 AM
Artist : Milt Jackson & Wes Montgomery
Album : VARIOUS: Keepnews Collection Sampler
Label : Riverside
9:50 AM
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Poinciana
Label : Columbia
9:55 AM
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Horace-Scope
Label : Blue Note


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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