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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September 23, 2013

6:01 AM
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : For Sentimental Reasons
Label : Kind of Blue
6:06 AM
La Rosita
Artist : Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster
Album : Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
Label : Verve
6:11 AM
Artist : Emily Bear
Album : Diversity
Label : Concord
6:17 AM
Almost in Your Arms
Artist : Ernie Andrews
Album : Jump For Joy
Label : Highnote
6:21 AM
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Artist : Jim Rotondi
Album : Blues For Brother Ray
Label : Positone
6:27 AM
Out of Nowhere
Artist : Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton
Album : Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton
Label : Verve
6:35 AM
Artist : Gene Harris
Album : Listen Here!
Label : Concord
6:41 AM
Artist : The Dann Zinn 4
Album : Grace's Song
Label : Zinn Music
6:45 AM
Fatha’s Blues
Artist : Earl Hines
Album : The Indispensable Earl Hines, Vol 5/6
Label : RCA
6:50 AM
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Steve Tyrell
Album : It's Magic: the Songs of Sammy Cahn
Label : Concord
6:54 AM
I Wish I Knew
Album : Atlantic-Pacific
Label : Arbors
7:01 AM
Without You
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Horace-Scope
Label : Blue Note
7:06 AM
I Can’t Get Started
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : VARIOUS: Jazz For a Rainy Afternoon
Label : 32 Jazz
7:12 AM
Darn That Dream
Artist : George Shearing and the Montgomery Brothers
Album : George Shearing and the Montgomery Brothers
Label : Jazzland
7:18 AM
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Artist : Jane Monheit & John Pizzarelli
Album : VARIOUS: Legends of Jazz
Label : LRSmedia
7:22 AM
The Mooche
Artist : Eli Yamin & Evan Christopher
Album : Louie's Dream
Label : Yamin Music
7:26 AM
East to Wes
Artist : Emily Remler
Album : East to Wes
Label : Concord
7:34 AM
Album : Cycling
Label : Origin
7:40 AM
Easy Living
Artist : Linda Purl
Album : Midnight Caravan
Label : LML Music
7:45 AM
Blue Monk
Artist : Cliff Monear
Album : It's About Time
Label : Cliff Monear
7:50 AM
Artist : Benny Carter & Oscar Peterson
Album : Cosmopolite: the Oscar Peterson Verve Sessions
Label : Verve
7:53 AM
What Am I Here For?
Artist : Oliver Jones / Hank Jones
Album : Pleased To Meet You
Label : Justin Time
8:01 AM
Album : Four Miles
Label : Triloka
8:06 AM
The Very Thought of You
Artist : Shirley Scott
Album : Legends of Acid Jazz
Label : Prestige
8:10 AM
De Mi Corazon
Artist : Roger Davidson
Album : Pensando En Ti
Label : Soundbrush
8:16 AM
Puncha Puncha
Artist : Avishai Cohen Trio
Album : Gently Disturbed
Label : Razdaz
8:20 AM
Artist : Ada Rovatti
Album : Under the Hat
Label : Sunnyside
8:26 AM
Streets of Laredo
Artist : Corey Christiansen
Album : Lone Prairie
Label : Origin
8:35 AM
My Favorite Things
Album : The Madness of Our Love
Label : Blue Note
8:41 AM
Ala Mode
Album : First Track
Label : Sea Breeze
8:46 AM
Album : VARIOUS: Brazilian Horizons, Vol. 2
Label : Milestone
8:48 AM
In a Mellow Tone
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Ellington is Forever, Vol. 2
Label : Fantasy
8:54 AM
Blue Pearl
Album : Another Perspective
Label : Evidence
9:01 AM
Creole Blues
Artist : Dan Block
Album : From His World to Mine
Label : Miles High
9:06 AM
Indian Summer
Artist : Ken Peplowski
Album : Grenadilla
Label : Concord
9:12 AM
Artist : Jazz Soul Seven
Album : Impressions of Curtis Mayfield
Label : BFM Jazz
9:18 AM
Old Devil Moon
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Diva
Label : Verve
9:22 AM
Love Poem For Donna
Album : Ins and Outs/Lalo Live at the Blue Note
Label : Aleph
9:27 AM
Makin’ Whoopee
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : Soulville
Label : Verve
9:33 AM
Street Life
Artist : Randy Crawford & Joe Sample
Album : Live
Label : PRA
9:39 AM
The Island
Artist : David Benoit
Album : Letter to Evan
Label : GRP
9:44 AM
Desmond Blue
Artist : Bruce Babad
Album : A Tribute to Paul Desmond
Label : Primrose Lane
9:50 AM
Album : Seaward
Label : Soul Note
9:55 AM
Artist : Gary Smulyan
Album : Smul's Paradise
Label : Capri


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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