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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February 01, 2013

6:01 AM
Too Late Now
Artist : Mike DiRubbo
Album : Repercussion
Label : Posi-Tone
6:06 AM
Love For Sale
Artist : Cheryl Bentyne
Album : Let's Misbehave: The Cole Porter Song Book
Label : Summit
6:11 AM
Artist : Yotam Silberstein
Album : Resonance
Label : Jazz Legacy
6:18 AM
It’s Delovely
Artist : Bob Alberti Quartet
Album : Everything I Love
Label : Dolphin
6:22 AM
Tin Tin Deo
Album : The Best Thing For Me
Label : Arbors
6:28 AM
Blue Lester
Album : VARIOUS: the Savoy Story (Vol. One - Jazz)
Label : Savoy
6:32 AM
Woody N’ You
Artist : Mark Sherman
Album : The L.A. Sessions
Label : Miles High
6:38 AM
Nice and Easy
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : Language of Love
Label : Telarc
6:43 AM
Song For the New Man
Artist : David "Fathead" Newman
Album : Song For the New Man
Label : Highnote
6:48 AM
Lover, Come Back to Me
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Music Keeps Us Young
Label : Arkadia Jazz
6:54 AM
Remembering Chet
Album : Soundtrack: Playing By Heart
Label : Decca
7:01 AM
Double Rainbow
Artist : Oscar Castro-Neves
Album : All One
Label : Mack Avenue
7:06 AM
Album : Mentor
Label : Kerry Strayer Productions
7:11 AM
Willow Weep For Me
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Blues + Jazz
Label : Rhino
7:17 AM
Little Girl Blue
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Twelve Nights In Hollywood
Label : Hip-O Select
7:21 AM
Canadian Sunset
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Sentimental Journey
Label : Highnote
7:28 AM
Lost in Meditation
Album : Mood Indigo
Label : Prestige
7:35 AM
Don’t Touch Me
Artist : Denise Perrier
Album : The Second Time Around - Denise Perrier Live!
Label : Chez Perrier
7:41 AM
Album : Medianoche
Label : Warner Brothers
7:47 AM
Echoes of Harlem
Artist : Burgstaller-Martignon 4
Album : Mozart's Blue Dreams & Other Crossover Fantasies
Label : Summit
7:51 AM
On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
Artist : Denis Solee & Beegie Adair
Album : Sax & Swing
Label : Green Hill
7:55 AM
Never Will I Marry
Artist : Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes
Album : Double Portrait
Label : Blue Note
8:01 AM
Gina’s Groove
Artist : Clayton Brothers
Album : Back in the Swing of Things
Label : n.a.
8:06 AM
Solid Old Man
Album : Harlem 2000
Label : Nagel Heyer
8:10 AM
If I Only Had...
Artist : Peter MacDonough
Album : The WOO
Label : Peter MacDonough
8:18 AM
Nice and Easy
Album : Temptation
Label : Paula West
8:22 AM
I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Sonny Rollins & the Contemporary Leaders
Label : Contemporary
8:27 AM
Oh Happy Day
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : from QUINCY JONES & BILL COSBY: the Original Jam Sessions 1969
Label : Concord
8:33 AM
Artist : Jacky Terrasson
Album : Smile
Label : Blue Note
8:39 AM
Tulip Or Turnip
Artist : Janis Siegel
Album : The Tender Trap
Label : Monarch
8:43 AM
88 Basie Street
Album : Big Band Favorites of Sammy Nestico
Label : Summit
8:49 AM
East of the Sun
Album : I'm Beginning To See the Light
Label : Acoustic Disk
8:54 AM
Minor Blues
Album : Fuller Nelson
Label : Sunnyside
9:01 AM
L.P. (For Les Paul)
Artist : Lee Ritenour, Pat Martino & Joey DeFrancesco
Album : 6 String Theory
Label : Concord
9:06 AM
Same Ol’ Story
Artist : Joe Williams
Album : Every Night
Label : Verve
9:11 AM
Artist : Mark Weinstein
Album : Jazz Brazil
Label : Jazzheads
9:18 AM
Sea of Cortez
Album : Catching Up
Label : Klavier
9:23 AM
Artist : Tadd Dameron & John Coltrane
Album : Mating Call
Label : Prestige
9:28 AM
Creole Love Call
Album : Junior's Blues
Label : Riverside
9:33 AM
There’s a Small Hotel
Artist : Dorothy Ashby
Album : In a Minor Groove
Label : Prestige
9:39 AM
Time After Time
Artist : John Proulx
Album : Baker's Dozen - Remembering Chet Baker
Label : MaxJazz
9:43 AM
Take the ’A’ Train
Album : They Came To Swing
Label : Columbia
9:49 AM
Test of Time
Album : Generations
Label : Concord
9:54 AM
Artist : Deep Blue Organ Trio
Album : Wonderful!
Label : Origin


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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