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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January 08, 2013

6:01 AM
Album : Shout Me Out
Label : Fable
6:06 AM
Artist : Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis
Album : (1965-1966)
Label : RCA
6:11 AM
Artist : Rick Germanson Trio
Album : Off the Cuff
Label : Owl
6:18 AM
Tony’s Tune
Artist : Rick Haydon & John Pizzarelli
Album : Just Friends
Label : Mel Bay
6:22 AM
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Blues + Jazz
Label : Rhino
6:28 AM
I Didn’t Know What Time it Was
Artist : Charlie Byrd Trio
Album : Au Courant
Label : Concord
6:33 AM
Some Cats Know
Artist : Jeanie Bryson
Album : VARIOUS: Love Ballads - Late Night Jazz
Label : Telarc
6:39 AM
Dream of You
Artist : Earl Hines
Album : The Indispensable Earl Hines, Vol 5/6
Label : RCA
6:43 AM
You’re Gonna Hear From Me
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : The Spoiler
Label : Blue Note
6:49 AM
I’m Just a Lucky So and So
Album : More Than You Know...
Label : Brownstone
6:53 AM
Blues for D.P.
Artist : Gary Smulyan
Album : Smul's Paradise
Label : Capri
7:01 AM
Artist : Gerald Beckett
Album : Flute Vibes
Label : Summit
7:06 AM
Close Your Eyes
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Arbors
7:11 AM
Blues for the Baby Grand
Artist : Jimmy McGriff
Album : Straight Up
Label : Milestone
7:18 AM
Don’t Go to Strangers
Artist : Etta Jones
Album : The Best of Etta Jones: the Prestige Singles
Label : Prestige
7:22 AM
Samba De Orfeo
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : VARIOUS: Brazilian Horizons, Vol. 2
Label : Milestone
7:28 AM
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : The Art of Gerry Mulligan/The Final Recordings
Label : Telarc
7:33 AM
Kissed By The Sun
Artist : Tia Fuller
Album : Decisive Steps
Label : Mack Avenue
7:39 AM
Lullaby of the Leaves
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : Manhattan Moods
Label : Concord
7:44 AM
Autumn Leaves
Album : Meets the Three Tenors
Label : Brownstone
7:50 AM
Theme From Black Orpheus
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Take Ten
Label : RCA
7:54 AM
Artist : Oliver Nelson & Joe Newman
Album : Main Stem
Label : Prestige
8:01 AM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Jack Jezzro
Album : Jazz Elegance
Label : Hillsboro
8:06 AM
God Give Me Strength
Artist : Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Quartet
Album : Underdog, and Other Stories...
Label : Summit
8:11 AM
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Artist : Mike Longo Trio +2
Album : To My Surprise
Label : CAP
8:17 AM
West Coast Blues
Album : Two For the Road
Label : Origin
8:21 AM
Juicy Lucy
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Funky Pieces of Silver
Label : HighNote
8:27 AM
When Summer Comes
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : A Royal Wedding Suite
Label : Pablo
8:34 AM
Too Young to Go Steady
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Ballads
Label : Concord
8:40 AM
Dat Dere
Album : Somewhere in the Night
Label : Hightone
8:46 AM
O Sole Mio
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Joey Defrancesco's Goodfellas
Label : Concord
8:51 AM
For Lena and Lennie
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : The Quintessence
Label : Impulse
8:55 AM
Love is a Many Splendored Thing
Artist : Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Album : Brown and Roach Incorporated
Label : EmArcy
9:01 AM
Try It Baby
Album : Street Noise
Label : Severn
9:06 AM
Song For Jojo
Artist : Michael B and Friends
Album : No More Blues
Label : Primrose Lane
9:11 AM
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Album : White Heat * Film Noir
Label : Discovery
9:17 AM
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Artist : Regina Carter
Album : Motor City Moments
Label : Verve
9:21 AM
What Now My Love?
Album : A Packet of Love Letters
Label : Highnote
9:25 AM
Maya’s Blues
Artist : Issi Rozen
Album : Dark Beauty
Label : New Step
9:33 AM
Detour Ahead
Artist : Chris Pasin
Album : Detour Ahead
Label : H2O
9:39 AM
I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : VARIOUS: the Very Thought of You/Jazz For Lovers
Label : Columbia
9:44 AM
Pays lointain
Album : Into the Blue
Label : Blue Note
9:49 AM
How Deep is the Ocean?
Artist : Dena Derose
Album : A Walk In the Park
Label : n.a.
9:55 AM
The End of a Love Affair
Artist : Bill Easley
Album : Love Stories
Label : American Showplace


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3:28 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 9:18 am

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

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4:17 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

May Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Nick Bewsey from ICON Magazine has a bunch of great jazz CDs to tell you about.

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Creatively Speaking
4:35 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

The Legacy of Jazz Singer Shirley Horn

Jazz singer Shirley Horn (1934-2005)

Born this month in 1934, Shirley Horn studied classical music before turning to jazz in the 1950s. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Horn became known for her distinctive singing, which she did most often from the keyboard.

Find out more about Phyliss Chapell's upcoming performances.

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Latest from Icon Magazine
2:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Bob Perkins’ Jazz Library: Memories of Saxophonist Hank Mobley

I don’t recall hearing much about Hank Mobley, until he recorded a certain record album in 1963. But, this was my fault for not listening closely enough to Philly’s all-jazz radio station that prevailed at the time. The station must have played Mobley often, because he was a hot jazz commodity about that time.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," Sonny Rollins says, "and getting that to the people is our job as musicians."
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

When you consider that critics have been writing about him for over 60 years, it can seem as if there's nothing left to say about Sonny Rollins. But there is – because over the decades, the "Saxophone Colossus" has never stopped growing or adding to his sound.

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A Snapshot of Ella
6:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald: Some Stories about the Queen of Jazz on Her Birthday!

Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald (1917 to 1996)

WRTI's Susan Lewis takes a look at the life and music of the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, with commentary by Jazz Host Bob Perkins. April 25th is Ella's birthday! She would have turned 98 today.

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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

You Listen to WRTI. It's the Simple Truth.

A faithful listener-member of WRTI.

How much do you listen to WRTI? Stop and think about it. Once a week? Twice a week? Three or more times a week? Whatever your answer, the simple truth is that you listen.

Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.

Creatively Speaking
9:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald recorded more than 200 albums in her lifetime.

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996; she would have turned 98 next week. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:12 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary

The late virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius enjoyed only a relatively brief career, but was influential to musicians across genres.
Courtesy of JPI

It seems an unlikely match.

In one corner, you have Metallica's Robert Trujillo. The most popular heavy metal bassist alive, he prowls beast-like across arena stages, rumbling guts with the low B on the 5-string instrument he slings to one side like a battle ax.

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Creatively Speaking
9:45 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

A Jam-Packed Jazz Celebration in Center City

This year's Center City Jazz Festival takes place at Chris' Jazz Cafe, Fergie's Pub, Milkboy Philadelphia, and TIME Restaurant.

The third annual Center City Jazz Festival is coming up on Saturday, April 19th  There are 16 bands performing in a six-hour period, in four venues in downtown Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

The festival warms up on Friday, April 11th at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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