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 09, 2013

6:01 AM
Unit 7
Artist : Gene Ludwig
Album : Hands On
Label : Blues Leaf
6:06 AM
Artist : Joe Lovano Us Five
Album : Bird Songs
Label : Blue Note
6:12 AM
Blues in the Night
Artist : Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson
Album : Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
Label : Verve
6:19 AM
Dancing on the Ceiling
Album : Jazz Elegance
Label : Hillsboro
6:22 AM
Cool Man Cool
Artist : Grant Geissman
Album : Cool Man Cool
Label : Futurism
6:28 AM
Mood Indigo
Album : Live in Swing City
Label : Columbia
6:33 AM
I’ll Be Seeing You
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : The Last Sessions - Volumes 1 & 2
Label : 32 Jazz
6:39 AM
When Your Lover Has Gone
Artist : Stacey Kent
Album : Dreamsville
Label : Candid
6:43 AM
Artist : Dmitri Matheny
Album : Starlight Cafe
Label : Monarch
6:50 AM
I Know That You Know
Artist : Milt Hinton
Album : The Judge at His Best
Label : Chiaroscuro
6:55 AM
Blue Muse
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Blue Muse
Label : Concord
7:01 AM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Album : Bijou
Label : Period
7:06 AM
Teach Me Tonight
Album : Passionate Ballads
Label : Double Time
7:11 AM
You’ve Changed
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : You Must Believe in Spring
Label : Antilles
7:17 AM
Night and Day
Artist : Kat Edmonson
Album : Take to the Sky
Label : Convivium
7:21 AM
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Artist : Charles Mingus
Album : Mingus Ah Um
Label : Columbia Legacy
7:26 AM
Un Grand Amor
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Live in Paris
Label : Dreyfus
7:34 AM
Too Marvelous For Words
Artist : Artie Shaw
Album : The Last Recordings
Label : Musicmasters
7:40 AM
Stella by Starlight
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Love Songs
Label : Columbia
7:45 AM
Taking a Chance on Love
Album : Pres and Teddy
Label : Verve
7:50 AM
Sweet and Lovely
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : Manhattan Moods
Label : Concord
7:55 AM
Cleopatra’s Needle
Artist : Steve Turre
Album : Rainbow People
Label : HighNote
8:01 AM
A House is Not a Home
Artist : Lynne Arriale
Album : Inspiration
Label : TCB
8:06 AM
Minor Vamp
Artist : Curtis Fuller
Album : VARIOUS: Rebop: the Savoy Originals
Label : Savoy
8:11 AM
Artist : Erroll Garner
Album : Dreamstreet/One World Concert
Label : Telarc
8:17 AM
Killer Joe
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : VARIOUS: Legends of Jazz
Label : LRSmedia
8:21 AM
Haunted Heart
Album : Haunted Heart
Label : Sunnyside
8:26 AM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : Swing 'Em Gates
Label : JHVM
8:33 AM
My Kind of Trouble is You
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Songbook
Label : MusicMasters
8:39 AM
Artist : Brent Jensen
Album : The Sound of a Dry Martini
Label : Origin
8:45 AM
Why Was I Born?
Artist : Bennie Wallace
Album : The Nearness of You
Label : Enja/Justin Time
8:50 AM
I Thought About You
Artist : Jeremy Davenport
Album : VARIOUS: Love Ballads - Late Night Jazz
Label : Telarc
8:55 AM
Song For Maya
Album : Vertical Vision
Label : Warner Brothers
9:01 AM
Elegant Flower (For Jazz’min)
Artist : Cyrus Chestnut
Album : Cyrus Chestnut
Label : Atlantic
9:06 AM
A Chama
Artist : Lori Mechem & Ritmos Picante
Album : Welcome To Brazil
Label : Cognito
9:11 AM
This I Dig Of You
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Soul Station
Label : Blue Note
9:18 AM
Jersey Girl
Artist : Holly Cole
Album : Temptation
Label : Metro Blue
9:22 AM
Artist : Milt Jackson & Wes Montgomery
Album : VARIOUS: Keepnews Collection Sampler
Label : Riverside
9:27 AM
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Artist : Johnny Hodges
Album : VARIOUS: RCA Victor 80th Anniversary
Label : RCA
9:33 AM
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Soft Lights
Label : Highnote
9:39 AM
What a Diff’rence a Day Made
Album : Million Dollar Secret
Label : Savant
9:43 AM
Four on Six
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
Label : Riverside
9:50 AM
Some Other Sunset
Artist : David Benoit
Album : Waiting For Spring
Label : GRP
9:55 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Album : Blue Patches
Label : Hip Bop


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