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 18, 2013

6:01 AM
Every Day I’m In Love With You
Artist : Russ Kassoff
Album : Bird Fly By
Label : RHK Jazz
6:06 AM
The Thrill Is Gone
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : Live at the Village Vanguard
Label : MaxJazz
6:11 AM
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : The Stylings of Silver
Label : Blue Note
6:19 AM
Feelin’ Good
Artist : Maureen Choi
Album : Maureen Choi Quartet
Label : Maureen Choi
6:23 AM
Blues For Helene
Artist : Oliver Jones
Album : Just Friends.
Label : Justin Time
6:28 AM
I’ll Remember April
Album : VARIOUS: Debut/Period Original Jazz Classics
Label : Debut
6:33 AM
All or Nothing at All
Album : Over the Rainbow
Label : Milestone
6:39 AM
Everything I Have is Yours
Artist : Mose Allison
Album : I Don't Worry 'bout a Thing
Label : Rhino
6:44 AM
Something to Live For
Album : Synthesis
Label : Savant
6:50 AM
I Concentrate on You
Album : Atlantic-Pacific
Label : Arbors
6:55 AM
Love Me Tender
Artist : Cyrus Chestnut
Album : Cyrus Plays Elvis
Label : Koch
7:01 AM
Eleanor Rigby
Artist : Marius Nordal
Album : Boomer Jazz
Label : Origin
7:06 AM
What a Difference a Day Makes
Artist : Akiko Tsuruga
Album : Sakura
Label : American Showplace
7:12 AM
Crazy She Calls Me
Artist : Jimmy Giuffre
Album : The Jimmy Giuffre 3
Label : Atlantic
7:17 AM
The Way You Look Tonight
Artist : Carol Fredette
Album : Everything in Time
Label : Soundbrush
7:21 AM
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Jazz Signatures
Label : Concord
7:26 AM
I’ll Be Around
Artist : Marian McPartland
Album : Plays the Music of Alec Wilder
Label : Jazz Alliance
7:31 AM
Love Vibrations
Album : Cut It Out!
Label : Delmark
7:37 AM
Gymnopedie #1, Variation 1
Artist : Jacques Loussier
Album : VARIOUS: Love Ballads - Late Night Jazz
Label : Telarc
7:42 AM
My Buddy
Album : Love You Madly
Label : Delmark
7:49 AM
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Artist : Lafayette Harris, Jr.
Album : Lafayette Harris Jr. Trio Featuring Melba Moore
Label : Muse
7:55 AM
Do Ti
Artist : Jan Leder
Album : Nonchalant
Label : A-Records
8:01 AM
Sunday Jam
Artist : Al Dowe
Album : Al Dowe & Etta Cox
Label : Dowdel
8:06 AM
Devil May Care
Artist : Marc Pompe
Album : Everyone But Me
Label : Kopaesthetics
8:11 AM
Artist : Harvie Swartz
Album : In a Different Light
Label : BlueMoon
8:19 AM
Night and Day
Artist : Beegie Adair Trio
Album : The Frank Sinatra Collection
Label : Green Hill
8:23 AM
Artist : Art Pepper + Eleven
Album : Modern Jazz Classics
Label : Contemporary
8:28 AM
East of the Sun
Artist : George Shearing
Album : That Shearing Sound
Label : Telarc
8:34 AM
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
Artist : Cheryl Bentyne
Album : Let's Misbehave: The Cole Porter Song Book
Label : Summit
8:40 AM
Sophisticated Lady
Artist : Charlie Haden Quartet West
Album : Sophisticated Ladies
Label : EmArcy
8:45 AM
Don’t Get Sassy
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Bassics: The Best of the Ray Brown Trio (1977-2000)
Label : Concord
8:50 AM
My Mother’s Eyes
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Salt and Pepper
Label : Impulse
8:54 AM
Artist : Mike Longo
Album : Sting Like a Bee
Label : CAP
9:01 AM
Lament For Javanette
Artist : Braden-Rapp: The Strayhorn Project
Album : The Strayhorn Project
Label : Premium Music
9:06 AM
Greenwich Village Sometimes
Artist : Nobuki Takamen
Album : Three Wishes
Label : Summit
9:14 AM
God’s Gift
Artist : Sean Jones
Album : Roots
Label : Mack Avenue
9:22 AM
You’re a Lucky Guy
Artist : Maxine Sullivan & Scott Hamilton
Album : Uptown
Label : Concord
9:26 AM
Splip, Bam, Boom
Artist : Rod McGaha
Album : Preacherman
Label : Compass
9:32 AM
In a Sentimental Mood
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : The Best of Sonny Rollins
Label : Prestige
9:36 AM
Slow Freight
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Angel Eyes/Ballads and Slow Jams
Label : Verve
9:42 AM
Canadian Sunset
Artist : Pamela Luss
Album : Sweet and Saxy
Label : Savant
9:47 AM
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Pure Genius: the Complete Atlantic Recordings
Label : Atlantic
9:51 AM
One for My Baby
Artist : David "Fathead" Newman
Album : Lone Star Legend
Label : 32 Jazz
9:57 AM
Oh, Good Grief
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy


WRTI Picks from NPR Music
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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Check Out These Jazz CDS!
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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