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 31, 2012

6:01 AM
A House is Not a Home
Artist : Lynne Arriale
Album : Inspiration
Label : TCB
6:06 AM
I Wish I Knew
Album : Atlantic-Pacific
Label : Arbors
6:11 AM
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Artist : Eric Reed
Album : Pure Imagination
Label : Impulse
6:15 AM
That’s What I Thought You Said
Artist : Ernie Andrews
Album : Girl Talk
Label : Highnote
6:19 AM
East of the Sun
Album : I'm Beginning To See the Light
Label : Acoustic Disk
6:24 AM
E Nada Mais
Artist : Claudio Roditi
Album : Brazilliance
Label : Resonance
6:31 AM
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance
Artist : Houston Person & Teddy Edwards
Album : Teddy Edwards & Houston Person
Label : Highnote
6:37 AM
Easy to Love
Artist : Beegie Adair Trio
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Hillsboro
6:42 AM
Four Steps to ...
Artist : Amina Figarova
Album : Sketches
Label : Munich
6:50 AM
Don’t You Know I Care
Artist : Joe Williams
Album : Every Night
Label : Verve
6:55 AM
Album : Beautiful Love
Label : Shanachie
7:01 AM
Goodbye Little Dream, Goodbye
Artist : Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
Album : Mezzanine
Label : Owl
7:06 AM
Canadian Sunset
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Boss Tenor
Label : Prestige
7:11 AM
Album : Buzz
Label : Palmetto
7:18 AM
More Today Than Yesterday
Artist : Charles Earland
Album : The Very Best of Prestige Records
Label : Prestige
7:22 AM
Boston Baked Blues
Artist : Avery Sharpe Trio
Album : Autumn Moonlight
Label : JKNM
7:28 AM
Muddy Water
Artist : Madeleine Peyroux
Album : Dreamland
Label : Atlantic
7:33 AM
Autumn in New York
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Blue Lights Vols. 1 & 2
Label : Blue Note
7:39 AM
Stairway to the Stars
Artist : Rachael Price
Album : The Good Hours
Label : Clare Visions
7:43 AM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Fourmost Return
Label : Milestone
7:50 AM
Goin’ to Chicago Blues
Artist : Oliver Nelson
Album : More Blues and the Abstract Truth
Label : Impulse
7:54 AM
Venus De Milo
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : Jazz Profile
Label : Blue Note
8:01 AM
(With You It Was So Beautiful)
Album : VARIOUS: Django Reinhardt NY Festival - Live at Birdland
Label : Atlantic
8:06 AM
An Affair to Remember
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Look Who's Here
Label : Verve
8:12 AM
Ballad For Very Sad and Very Tired Lotus-Eaters
Artist : Grace Kelly & Phil Woods
Album : Man With the Hat
Label : Pazz
8:20 AM
A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
Artist : MEL TORME
Album : VARIOUS: Love Ballads - Late Night Jazz
Label : Telarc
8:24 AM
Georgia on My Mind
Album : The Water is Wide
Label : ECM
8:31 AM
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : Latin Tinge
Label : Highnote
8:38 AM
Everything I’ve Got
Artist : Carrie Wicks
Album : I'll Get Around To It
Label : OA2
8:44 AM
In a Sentimental Mood
Artist : Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Album : Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Label : Impulse
8:48 AM
Tea For Three
Artist : Makoto Ozone
Album : The Trio
Label : Verve
8:53 AM
I’ll Always Be in Love With You
Artist : Benny Goodman
Album : Slipped Disc, 1945-1946
Label : Columbia
8:57 AM
Artist : Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge
Album : Off & On
Label : Left Coast Clave
9:01 AM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis
Album : In a Mellotone
Label : RCA
9:06 AM
Drad Dog
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Someday My Prince Will Come
Label : Columbia
9:11 AM
Ladies in Mercedes
Artist : Gary Burton
Album : Real Life Hits
Label : ECM
9:18 AM
Stay Away From Bill
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Midnight
Label : Concord
9:22 AM
Artist : Donald Harrison
Album : Nouveau Swing
Label : Impulse
9:27 AM
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Blues + Jazz
Label : Rhino
9:32 AM
Our Delight
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Jackson, Johnson, Brown & Company
Label : Pablo
9:38 AM
What is This Thing Called Love?
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : At Last
Label : Telarc
9:43 AM
How Insensitive
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : A Tribute to Charlie Byrd
Label : Jardis
9:49 AM
Artist : Aldo Romano
Album : Canzoni
Label : Enja
9:54 AM
Blue Pyrenees
Artist : David Gordon
Album : Dozen a Day
Label : Zah Zah


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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