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 15, 2013

6:01 AM
Tabellea Ex Terra
Artist : Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
Album : Mezzanine
Label : Owl
6:06 AM
El Vigia
Album : No Escape
Label : ACT Music
6:11 AM
Blue Brazil
Album : Black Sand
Label : Random Chance
6:17 AM
Hide Away
Artist : Marcus Goldhaber
Album : Almost Love
Label : Marcus Goldhaber
6:21 AM
Reflections in D
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Piano Reflections
Label : Capitol
6:24 AM
Spring Is Here
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Standard Coltrane
Label : Prestige
6:33 AM
Balada Para Isabel
Artist : Manuel Valera
Album : Currents
Label : MaxJazz
6:39 AM
Theme From Black Orpheus
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Take Ten
Label : RCA
6:43 AM
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center
6:48 AM
Blues For Wes
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some of My Best Friends Are...Guitarists
Label : Telarc
6:53 AM
Bye Bye Backhand
Album : Patch Kit
Label : Lemel Music
7:01 AM
Star Song
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
7:06 AM
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Artist : John Brown
Album : Quiet Time
Label : Brown Boulevard
7:13 AM
Artist : Colin Dean
Album : Shiwasu
Label : Colin Dean
7:20 AM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist : John Pizzarelli
Album : After Hours
Label : Novus
7:24 AM
I’ll Never Smile Again
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : VARIOUS: Fantasy Original Jazz Classics
Label : Fantasy
7:29 AM
Mood Indigo
Album : Live in Swing City
Label : Columbia
7:35 AM
Artist : Ren¿ Marie
Album : Black Lace Freudian Slip
Label : Motema
7:41 AM
The Pink Panther Theme
Artist : Plas Johnson
Album : VARIOUS: Ultimate Mancini
Label : Concord
7:45 AM
Our Spanish Love Song
Album : Beyond the Missouri Sky
Label : Verve
7:51 AM
The Perfect Mate
Artist : Steve White
Album : Jazz in Hollywood
Label : Nocturne
7:54 AM
Song For Richard
Album : Reflections
Label : Highnote
8:01 AM
In Walked Bud
Artist : Beegie Adair
Album : Into Somethin'
Label : Adair Music
8:06 AM
Pennies From Heaven
Artist : Lester Young & ’Sweets’ Edison
Album : from OSCAR PETERSON: a Jazz Odyssey
Label : Verve
8:11 AM
Street of Dreams
Artist : Cliff Monear
Album : ¿at the End of the Day
Label : Green Tea Jazz
8:17 AM
The Man I Love
Artist : Andy Farber
Album : This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Label : Black Warrior
8:21 AM
I Won’t Dance
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Album : Ella and Louis Again
Label : Verve
8:26 AM
Hey Joe
Artist : Brad Mehldau
Album : Where Do You Start
Label : Nonesuch
8:34 AM
Sailboat in the Moonlight
Artist : Wynton Marsalis & Richard Galliano
Album : From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac
Label : Rampart Street
8:40 AM
Skating in Central Park
Artist : Yoshiaki Masuo
Album : Are You Happy Now
Label : Sunnyside
8:45 AM
Take Advantage
Album : Other Hours - Connick on Piano I
Label : Marsalis Music
8:50 AM
Better Than Anything
Artist : Hilary Kole
Album : Haunted Heart
Label : Justin Time
8:53 AM
Do Nothin’ ’Till You Hear From Me
Artist : John Brown Trio
Album : Dancing With Duke
Label : Brown Boulevard
9:01 AM
El Azteco
Artist : Arlene McDaniel Trio
Album : Timeless
Label : Arlene McDaniel
9:06 AM
Lady of the Island
Artist : Andrea Brachfeld
Album : Lady of the Island
Label : Zoho
9:13 AM
’Round Midnight
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Live at Art D'Lugoff's: Top of the Gate
Label : Resonance
9:21 AM
One at a Time
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : Le Grand Freddy
Label : Fantasy
9:25 AM
Good Lookin’ Out
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Can You Dig It?!
Label : Impulse
9:30 AM
Dearly Beloved
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : VARIOUS: the Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern
Label : Prestige
9:35 AM
Old Man River
Artist : Les DeMerle
Album : Gypsy Rendezvous Vol. One
Label : Origin
9:41 AM
Close Your Eyes
Artist : Jeanie Bryson
Album : Some Cats Know: Songs of Peggy Lee
Label : Telarc
9:44 AM
Artist : Milt Jackson & Wes Montgomery
Album : VARIOUS: Keepnews Collection Sampler
Label : Riverside
9:50 AM
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Poinciana
Label : Columbia
9:55 AM
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Horace-Scope
Label : Blue Note


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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