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 30, 2013

6:01 AM
Artist : Takao Iwaki
Album : Introducing
Label : White Sands
6:06 AM
Our Love is Here to Stay
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Stan Getz and the "Cool" Sounds
Label : Verve
6:09 AM
The Outlaw
Artist : Joe Chambers
Album : Funky Pieces of Silver
Label : HighNote
6:18 AM
Happiness is a Thing Called Joe
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Twelve Nights in Hollywood
Label : Hip-O Select
6:22 AM
Anne Rose
Artist : Brent Jensen/Rob Walker Quintet
Album : Art of the Groove
Label : Origin
6:27 AM
Charlie Brown
Album : from Wynton & Ellis Marsalis: Joe Cool's Blues
Label : Columbia
6:33 AM
Soft Winds
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Late Hour Special
Label : Prestige
6:39 AM
It Ain’t Necessarily So
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Porgy and Bess
Label : Columbia
6:43 AM
Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
Artist : Deborah Latz
Album : Fig Tree
Label : June Moon
6:49 AM
Lover, Come Back to Me
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Music Keeps Us Young
Label : Arkadia Jazz
6:54 AM
Uncle James
Artist : Christian McBride
Album : Kind of Brown
Label : Mack Avenue
7:01 AM
East of the Sun
Album : I'm Beginning To See the Light
Label : Acoustic Disk
7:06 AM
Blue Bossa
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : Cream
Label : 32
7:11 AM
New York State of Mind
Artist : David "Fathead" Newman
Album : Diamondhead
Label : HighNote
7:16 AM
Brazilian Suite No. 2
Album : Music
Label : Blue Note
7:20 AM
If I Were A Bell
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Red Garland's Piano
Label : Prestige
7:27 AM
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Steve Tyrell
Album : It's Magic: the Songs of Sammy Cahn
Label : Concord
7:32 AM
Night Train
Artist : Houston Person & Teddy Edwards
Album : Teddy Edwards & Houston Person
Label : Highnote
7:38 AM
Days of Wine and Roses
Album : The Earl Klugh Trio, Vol. One
Label : Warner Brothers
7:43 AM
Easy Living
Artist : Linda Purl
Album : Midnight Caravan
Label : LML Music
7:48 AM
Artist : Nick Moran Trio
Album : No Time Like Now
Label : Manor Sound
7:53 AM
One By One
Artist : Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
Album : VARIOUS: the Riverside Records Story
Label : Riverside
8:01 AM
Birks’ Works
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band
Album : I'm BeBoppin' Too
Label : Half Note
8:06 AM
Ugly Beauty
Artist : Rob Parton Big Band
Album : We'll Be Together Again
Label : Jazztech
8:11 AM
Bye Bye Blackbird
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Bassics: The Best of the Ray Brown Trio (1977-2000)
Label : Concord
8:19 AM
Girl Talk
Artist : Lafayette Harris, Jr.
Album : Trio Talk
Label : Airmen
8:23 AM
The Odd Couple
Artist : Jay Ashby and Steve Davis
Album : Mistaken Identity
Label : MCG Jazz
8:29 AM
Theme From Black Orpheus
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Take Ten
Label : RCA
8:34 AM
Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : New Horizons
Label : RCA
8:40 AM
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Chicago Revisited/Live at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase
Label : Telarc
8:44 AM
Artist : Elias Haslanger
Album : Church on Monday
Label : Cherrywood
8:50 AM
I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
Artist : Etta Jones
Album : My Buddy
Label : Highnote
8:55 AM
Minor Meeting
Artist : John Hicks
Album : Music in the Key of Clark
Label : Highnote
9:01 AM
Another Time, Another Place
Artist : Marian McPartland
Album : Plays the Benny Carter Songbook
Label : Concord
9:06 AM
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Artist : Andre Previn
Album : Jazz at the Musikverein
Label : Verve
9:12 AM
Rock With You
Artist : Mark McLean
Album : Playground
Label : Mark McLean
9:16 AM
I Don’t Care Much
Album : Licensed to Thrill
Label : A-Records
9:20 AM
Jeep’s Blues
Artist : Johnny Hodges
Album : With Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra
Label : Verve
9:23 AM
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Sugar
Label : CTI
9:33 AM
If I Could
Album : Moment To Moment
Label : Verve
9:39 AM
The Mooche
Artist : Eli Yamin & Evan Christopher
Album : Louie's Dream
Label : Yamin Music
9:46 AM
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
Label : Riverside
9:50 AM
How Insensitive
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Soul Espanol
Label : Limelight
9:54 AM
Very Early
Artist : George Shearing
Album : That Shearing Sound
Label : Telarc


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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