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 25, 2013

6:01 AM
Harris’ Walk
Artist : Poncho Sanchez & Terence Blanchard
Album : Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard = Chano y Dizzy!
Label : Concord Picante
6:06 AM
Can’t We Be Friends?
Artist : David "Fathead" Newman
Album : Diamondhead
Label : HighNote
6:11 AM
Surrey With the Fringe on Top
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : The Legendary Okeh & Epic Recordings
Label : Epic
6:15 AM
I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Genius + Soul = Jazz/My Kind of Jazz
Label : Rhino
6:19 AM
Artist : Ellis Marsalis
Album : Ellis Marsalis Trio
Label : Blue Note
6:24 AM
52nd Street Theme
Artist : Claire Daly
Album : Baritone Monk
Label : NCB Jazz
6:32 AM
Night Train
Artist : Houston Person & Teddy Edwards
Album : Teddy Edwards & Houston Person
Label : Highnote
6:37 AM
I’m Just a Lucky So and So
Album : VARIOUS: Blue Note Plays Ellington & Strayhorn
Label : Blue Note
6:42 AM
I Get a Kick Out of You
Artist : Benny Carter & Oscar Peterson
Album : Cosmopolite: the Oscar Peterson Verve Sessions
Label : Verve
6:45 AM
A Weaver of Dreams
Album : Grady Tate Sings: All Love
Label : 441
6:49 AM
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : The Great Concerts: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Carnegie Hall
Label : Columbia
7:01 AM
Chitlins Con Carne
Artist : Calvin Keys
Album : An Evening With Calvin Keys
Label : Lifeforcejazz
7:06 AM
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Passion Flower: Zoot Sims Plays Duke Ellington
Label : Pablo
7:11 AM
Song For Marta
Artist : Nelson Riveros
Album : Camino Al Barrio
Label : Nel Songo
7:19 AM
Let Yourself Go
Artist : Stacey Kent
Album : Let Yourself Go
Label : Candid
7:22 AM
Quiet Time
Artist : John Brown
Album : Quiet Time
Label : Brown Boulevard
7:28 AM
Reuben’s Blues
Album : from SUSIE ARIOLI SWING BAND: It's Wonderful
Label : Justin Time
7:34 AM
Artist : Dudley Owens/Aaron Wright Band
Album : People Calling
Label : Origin
7:40 AM
Fooling Myself
Album : Pennies From Heaven
Label : Justin Time
7:43 AM
Artist : DAN CRAY
Album : No One
Label : Dan Cray
7:49 AM
Bags’ Groove
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : European Concert
Label : Label M
7:55 AM
Naiomi’s Blues
Artist : Count Basie Orchestra
Album : Swinging, Singing, Playing
Label : Mack Avenue
8:01 AM
In Between Moods
Artist : Tony Foster
Album : In Between Moods
Label : Tony Foster Music
8:06 AM
Linus & Lucy
Artist : Cyrus Chestnut
Album : A Charlie Brown Christmas
Label : Atlantic
8:11 AM
Body & Soul
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Echoes of Indiana Avenue
Label : Resonance
8:17 AM
Mambo Carmel
Artist : Erroll Garner
Album : Concert By the Sea
Label : Columbia
8:21 AM
Saturday Night Blues
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Midnight Blue
Label : Blue Note
8:27 AM
A Bun Dance
Artist : The Paul Winter Sextet
Album : Count Me In 1962-1963
Label : Living Music
8:32 AM
Fertile Field
Artist : Bobby McFerrin
Album : Beyond Words
Composer : Goldstein, McFerrin
Label : Blue Note
8:38 AM
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : Overview
Label : Muse
8:43 AM
Gospel Truth
Artist : John Pizzarelli
Album : Live at Birdland
Label : Telarc
8:49 AM
Waters of March
Artist : Luciana Souza
Album : The New Bossa Nova
Label : Verve
8:53 AM
Pennies From Heaven
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Interchanges '54
Label : Columbia
9:01 AM
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Ten Fingers - One Voice
Label : Arkadia Jazz
9:06 AM
Blue Walk
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : One Day, Forever
Label : Arkadia Jazz
9:12 AM
Three Rings
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Moraga
Label : Jazzcats
9:18 AM
Touch of Evil
Album : White Heat * Film Noir
Label : Discovery
9:22 AM
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Red Garland Revisited!
Label : Prestige
9:27 AM
Artist : Chris Flory
Album : Word on the Street
Label : Double Time
9:33 AM
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Artist : Rita Edmond
Album : A Glance at Destiny
Label : DaBomb Music
9:39 AM
Ma Lecha Hayam
Album : Midnight Minyan
Label : Tzadik
9:43 AM
Juicy Lucy
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Funky Pieces of Silver
Label : HighNote
9:49 AM
I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
Artist : Etta Jones
Album : My Buddy
Label : Highnote
9:55 AM
Artist : Michael Dease
Album : Grace
Label : Jazz Legacy


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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