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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March 13, 2013

6:01 AM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis
Album : In a Mellotone
Label : RCA
6:06 AM
A Wonderful Guy
Artist : Debbie Poryes Trio
Album : A Song In Jazz
Label : Jazzschool
6:12 AM
New York State of Mind
Artist : David "Fathead" Newman
Album : Diamondhead
Label : HighNote
6:18 AM
Body and Soul
Artist : Andy Farber
Album : This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Label : Black Warrior
6:22 AM
Love Me or Leave Me
Album : Little Girl Blue
Label : Bethlehem
6:25 AM
In the Center
Artist : Andrea Brachfeld
Album : Lady of the Island
Label : Zoho
6:35 AM
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Artist : Benny Goodman
Album : Live at Carnegie Hall 1938
Label : Columbia
6:41 AM
My Funny Valentine
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : VARIOUS: Love Ballads - Late Night Jazz
Label : Telarc
6:45 AM
Album : All My Tomorrows
Label : Columbia
6:50 AM
Little White Lies
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Twelve Nights In Hollywood
Label : Hip-O Select
6:53 AM
Port of Rico
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some of My Best Friends Are...The Sax Players
Label : Telarc
7:01 AM
You Made Me Love You
Artist : Dominick Farinacci
Album : Dawn of Goodbye
Label : E One
7:06 AM
Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)
Artist : Jay Ashby and Steve Davis
Album : Mistaken Identity
Label : MCG Jazz
7:11 AM
Sing the Line
Album : Sing the Line
Label : Koch
7:16 AM
Artist : Sara Lazarus
Album : Give Me the Simple Life
Label : Dreyfus
7:20 AM
Album : Smokin' Jazz
Label : Muse
7:31 AM
Oh, Good Grief
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
7:35 AM
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Wonderland
Label : Pablo
7:41 AM
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Artist : Steve Blackwood
Album : I Don't Worry 'bout a Thing
Label : Chartmaker
7:44 AM
Autumn in New York
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Ahmad's Blues
Label : Chess
7:47 AM
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Standard Time, Vol. 3
Label : Columbia
7:50 AM
Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)
Artist : Jimmy McGriff
Album : Straight Up
Label : Milestone
8:01 AM
Night and Day
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Ten Fingers - One Voice
Label : Arkadia Jazz
8:06 AM
Very Early
Artist : George Shearing
Album : That Shearing Sound
Label : Telarc
8:11 AM
He Looked Beyond My Faults
Artist : Anthony E. Nelson Jr.
Album : Testament - Live at Cecil's
Label : Music Stand
8:17 AM
The Peeper
Artist : David Sanborn
Album : Only Everything
Label : Decca
8:21 AM
You Can Depend on Me
Artist : Jimmy Rushing & Dave Brubeck
Album : Brubeck & Rushing
Label : Columbia
8:24 AM
Hope In The Face of Despair
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Moraga
Label : Jazzcats
8:34 AM
’Round Midnight
Artist : GROUP 15
Album : Plays Monk
Label : Sunnyside
8:39 AM
Tin Tin Deo
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Pure Genius: the Complete Atlantic Recordings
Label : Atlantic
8:45 AM
In Flower
Artist : Ken Peplowski
Album : In Search Of..
Label : Capri
8:50 AM
Summer Serenade
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : DOOZY
Label : OpenArt
8:54 AM
The Intimacy of the Blues
Artist : Roni Ben-Hur
Album : Fortuna
Label : Motema
9:01 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Band
Album : Things to Come
Label : MCG
9:06 AM
Time Has Told Me
Artist : Brad Mehldau
Album : Where Do You Start
Label : Nonesuch
9:14 AM
Don’t Be That Way
Artist : Erroll Garner
Album : Verve Jazz Masters 7
Label : Verve
9:22 AM
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Deep in a Dream
Label : Pacific Jazz
9:26 AM
Brother Dave
Artist : Fiveplay Jazz Quintet
Album : Five of Hearts
Label : Auraline Music
9:31 AM
You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me
Album : Plays the Harry Warren Songbook
Label : DRG
9:35 AM
Sweet Lorraine
Artist : Ernie Andrews
Album : No Regrets
Label : 32 Jazz
9:41 AM
In a Sentimental Mood
Artist : Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Album : Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Label : Impulse
9:45 AM
If You Really Love Me
Artist : Deep Blue Organ Trio
Album : Wonderful!
Label : Origin
9:51 AM
It Had to Be You
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : Easy Living
Label : Sin-Drome
9:55 AM
Why Do I Love You?
Artist : Statesmen of Jazz
Album : A Multitude of Stars
Label : Arbors


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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