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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December 27, 2012

6:01 AM
Album : Bluebird
Label : Telarc
6:06 AM
The Most Beautiful Girl
Artist : Yotam Silberstein
Album : Resonance
Label : Jazz Legacy
6:11 AM
My Heartfelt Gratitude
Artist : Chie Imaizumi
Album : A Time of New Beginnings
Label : Capri
6:17 AM
I Never Knew Love Could Hurt So Much
Artist : David & Maureen Budway
Album : Jazz the Budway
Label : Alanna
6:21 AM
If You Could See Me Now
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : VARIOUS: the Riverside Records Story
Label : Riverside
6:26 AM
Line for Lyons
Artist : Bruce Babad
Album : A Tribute to Paul Desmond
Label : Primrose Lane
6:34 AM
Close Enough For Love
Artist : PHIL DeGREG
Album : The Green Gate
Label : J Seven
6:40 AM
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
Label : Riverside
6:45 AM
You Make Me Feel So Young
Album : Swing Low
Label : Koch
6:49 AM
So in Love
Album : Night and Day
Label : Serpentine
6:54 AM
Slow Hot Wind
Artist : Richard Cole
Album : Inner Mission
Label : Origin
7:01 AM
And So It Goes
Artist : Pete Malinverni Trio
Album : A Beautiful Thing!
Label : Saranac
7:06 AM
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Blues + Jazz
Label : Rhino
7:11 AM
Totem Pole
Artist : The Waitiki 7
Album : Adventures In Paradise
Label : Pass Out
7:18 AM
Fascinatin’ Rhythm
Artist : Mark O’Connor Hot Swing Trio
Album : In Full Swing
Label : Odyssey
7:21 AM
The Summary (from Suite for Pops)
Artist : Joe Lovano
Album : I'm All For You
Label : Blue Note
7:27 AM
I’m Beginning to See the Light
Artist : Denis Solee & Beegie Adair
Album : Sax & Swing
Label : Green Hill
7:32 AM
Spring is Where You Are
Artist : Kathy Kosins
Album : Kathy Kosins 2
Label : Mahogany Digital
7:38 AM
My Funny Valentine
Album : VARIOUS: Blue Valentines
Label : Blue Note
7:42 AM
Song for Elisa
Artist : Tito Carrillo
Album : Opening Statement
Label : Origin
7:50 AM
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Jazz Showcase
Label : Prestige
7:55 AM
Ladies in Mercedes
Album : Sing the Line
Label : Koch
8:01 AM
Watch What Happens
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Jackson, Johnson, Brown & Company
Label : Pablo
8:06 AM
Satin Doll
Artist : McCoy Tyner
Album : Nights of Ballads and Blues
Label : Impulse
8:11 AM
Alfie’s Theme
Album : This is Love
Label : I.E.
8:19 AM
What’s New?
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Ballads
Label : Impulse
8:23 AM
The Man I Love
Album : Classic Costa
Label : Chiaroscuro
8:28 AM
Street of Dreams
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : The Best of the Pablo Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
8:33 AM
Always You
Artist : Valerie Capers
Album : Wagner Takes the 'A' Train
Label : Elysium
8:39 AM
Delaunay’s Dilemma
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : Django
Label : Prestige
8:43 AM
Bags’ Groove
Artist : Ron Carter
Album : Dear Miles,
Label : Blue Note
8:47 AM
When My Man Comes Home
Artist : Etta Jones
Album : My Buddy
Label : Highnote
8:52 AM
All the Things You Are
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Chicago Revisited/Live at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase
Label : Telarc
9:01 AM
I Got Lost in His Arms
Artist : Roni Ben-Hur
Album : Fortuna
Label : Motema
9:06 AM
Artist : John Stein
Album : Interplay
Label : Azica
9:11 AM
You’ve Changed
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : You Must Believe in Spring
Label : Antilles
9:17 AM
These Foolish Things
Artist : Cheryl Bentyne
Album : Talk of the Town
Label : Telarc
9:21 AM
Softly Baby
Artist : Eddie ’Lockjaw’ Davis
Album : Gentle Jaws
Label : Prestige
9:27 AM
Indian Summer
Album : Smooth Sailing
Label : Highnote
9:35 AM
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
Album : Do Nothing Till You Hear From Us!
Label : Concord
9:41 AM
I Concentrate on You
Album : Atlantic-Pacific
Label : Arbors
9:46 AM
What’s Going On
Album : Lift Every Voice
Label : ECM
9:50 AM
The Eagle and Me
Artist : Jane Monheit
Album : Home
Label : EmArcy
9:55 AM
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy's Diamonds - Best of the Verve Years [Disc 1]
Label : Verve


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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