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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July 26, 2013

6:01 AM
Dearly Beloved
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Boss Guitar
Label : Riverside
6:06 AM
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Pure Genius: the Complete Atlantic Recordings
Label : Atlantic
6:11 AM
Dear Mr. Florence
Artist : Phil Norman Tentet
Album : Encore
Label : Mama
6:21 AM
Autobahn Blues
Album : Bijou
Label : Period
6:25 AM
How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : Le Grand Freddy
Label : Fantasy
6:30 AM
Bob James
Artist : Bill Peterson Trio
Album : Ruby Diamond
Label : Summit
6:35 AM
Once in a While
Artist : Cliff Monear
Album : ¿at the End of the Day
Label : Green Tea Jazz
6:41 AM
Artist : MEL RHYNE
Album : Remembering Wes
Label : Savant
6:46 AM
It Had to Be You
Artist : Eddie Daniels
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : IPO
6:53 AM
Isn’t This a Lovely Day?
Artist : Dana Lauren
Album : It's You or No One
Label : Dana Lauren Music
6:58 AM
Waltz For Debby
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : New Jazz Conceptions
Label : Riverside
7:01 AM
I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You
Artist : Charlie Apicella & Iron City
Album : The Business
Label : CArlo Music
7:06 AM
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : Live in Paris
Label : Verve
7:12 AM
Senor Blues
Artist : David Sanborn & Phil Woods
Album : VARIOUS: Legends of Jazz
Label : LRSmedia
7:18 AM
Lush Life
Artist : Kevin Mahogany
Album : My Romance
Label : Warner Brothers
7:22 AM
Gone With the Wind
Album : Sal Salvador Quintet/Quartet - Kenton Presents Sal Salvador
Label : Blue Note
7:27 AM
Joogie Boogie
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Birks Works - the Verve Big-Band Sessions
Label : Verve
7:33 AM
Artist : Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Album : Study In Brown
Label : EmArcy
7:39 AM
Lucky Am I
Artist : Larry Goldings & Harry Allen
Album : When Larry Met Harry
Label : Caf¿ Society
7:43 AM
Come Live With Me
Artist : John Brown
Album : Quiet Time
Label : Brown Boulevard
7:49 AM
I Cover the Waterfront
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Standard Time, Vol. 3
Label : Columbia
7:54 AM
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : Latin Tinge
Label : Highnote
8:01 AM
The Other Side of the Rainbow With Sibyl
Artist : Chip White
Album : Personal Dedications & Percussive Tributes
Label : Dark Colors
8:06 AM
Once I Loved
Artist : John Hicks
Album : Sweet Love of Mine
Label : Highnote
8:12 AM
Rio One
Artist : Kerry Strayer Septet
Album : Jeru Blue: a Tribute To Gerry Mulligan
Label : Palmetto
8:17 AM
Beautiful Moons Ago
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : DOOZY
Label : OpenArt
8:21 AM
West Coast Blues
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : African Waltz
Label : Riverside
8:25 AM
You Don¿t What Love Is
Artist : Eliane Elias
Album : I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker)
Label : Concord
8:32 AM
When Joanna Loved Me
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Lemme Tell Ya 'bout Desmond
Label : Label M
8:38 AM
Album : Steal Away
Label : Verve
8:43 AM
Artist : Elias Haslanger
Album : Church on Monday
Label : Cherrywood
8:49 AM
Romance En La Habana
Album : El Arte Del Sabor
Label : Blue Note
8:53 AM
(Back Home Again In) Indiana
Artist : Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan
Album : Live at MCG
Label : MCG Jazz
9:01 AM
Pocket Watch
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Triple Play
Label : MaxJazz
9:06 AM
Everything I’ve Got
Artist : Annie Ross
Album : A Gasser!
Label : Pacific Jazz
9:09 AM
Gee, Matthew
Artist : Ira Sullivan & Stu Katz
Album : A Family Affair
Label : Origin
9:22 AM
My Heart Was Lost & Found For You
Artist : Masha Campagne
Album : Like Water, Like Air
Label : Impetus
9:26 AM
Artist : Brent Jensen
Album : The Sound of a Dry Martini
Label : Origin
9:29 AM
Ahmad’s Blues
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Ahmad's Blues
Label : Chess
9:35 AM
The Party’s Over
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Late Hour Special
Label : Prestige
9:41 AM
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Album : Steps to the Desert
Label : Contemporary
9:45 AM
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Artist : Michelle Pollace
Album : New Beginning
Label : Michelle Pollace
9:51 AM
East of the Sun
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Jazz Masters 57
Label : Verve
9:54 AM
Our Day Will Come
Artist : Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Album : Night Magic ... the Sounds of Big Band Jazz
Label : Sea Breeze


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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