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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June 25, 2013

6:01 AM
Unit 7
Artist : Gene Ludwig
Album : Hands On
Label : Blues Leaf
6:06 AM
Ruby, My Dear
Artist : Claire Daly
Album : Baritone Monk
Label : NCB Jazz
6:11 AM
Nostalgia in Times Square
Artist : Larry Coryell and Kenny Drew Jr.
Album : Duality
Label : Random Act
6:18 AM
Lullaby of the Leaves
Artist : Erroll Garner
Album : The Greatest Garner
Label : Atlantic
6:22 AM
The Sidewalks of New York
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Things Are Getting Better
Label : Riverside
6:28 AM
Song for My Father
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Song For My Father
Label : Blue Note
6:36 AM
Artist : Bob DeVos
Album : Playing For Keeps
Label : Savant
6:42 AM
Never Make Your Move Too Soon
Artist : Cynthia Holiday
Album : All the Way
Label : Miles High
6:47 AM
Artist : Aaron Diehl
Album : The Bespoke Man's Narrative
Label : Mack Avenue
6:49 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Joe Williams
Album : VARIOUS: Best of Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
6:54 AM
Out of Nowhere
Album : Jazz Masters 41
Label : Verve
7:01 AM
Falando De Amor
Artist : Helio Alves
Album : It's Clear - Helio Alves
Label : Reservoir
7:06 AM
Hornful Soul
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Pure Genius: the Complete Atlantic Recordings
Label : Atlantic
7:11 AM
Miss Bo
Album : Balkan Blues
Label : Enja
7:17 AM
Blue Skies
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : First Lady of Song
Label : Verve
7:21 AM
Joogie Boogie
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Birks Works - the Verve Big-Band Sessions
Label : Verve
7:25 AM
Artist : Champian Fulton
Album : Champian Sings and Swings
Label : Sharp Nine
7:32 AM
Deep Night
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : The Best of the Pablo Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
7:38 AM
You’re All the World to Me
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Arbors
7:42 AM
When October Goes
Artist : John Brown
Album : Quiet Time
Label : Brown Boulevard
7:50 AM
But Not For Me
Artist : Anita O’Day
Album : VARIOUS: Gershwin - Jazz 'round Midnight
Label : Verve
7:54 AM
Portrait of Wellman Braud
Artist : Stefon Harris
Album : African Tarantella [Dances With Duke]
Label : Blue Note
8:01 AM
Fields of Moons
Artist : Chris Washburne
Album : Fields of Moons
Label : Jazzheads
8:06 AM
Dolphin Dance
Artist : Blue Note 7
Album : Mosaic - a Celebration of Blue Note Records
Label : Blue Note
8:13 AM
Artist : Joshua Redman
Album : Walking Shadows
Label : Nonesuch
8:17 AM
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Album : Another Monday Date
Label : Prestige
8:21 AM
One For Kirk
Artist : Steve Turre
Album : The Spirits Up Above
Label : HighNote
8:26 AM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Crazy and Mixed Up
Label : Pablo
8:32 AM
Satin Doll
Artist : Jo Jones
Album : The Essential
Label : Vanguard
8:38 AM
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Lady Sings the Blues
Label : Verve
8:42 AM
Yesterday’s Gardenias
Artist : Per Danielsson Trio
Album : Time Will Tell
Label : Random Act
8:49 AM
Jump for Joy
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Organic Duke
Label : Concord
8:54 AM
Artist : Clipper Anderson
Album : The Road Home
Label : Origin
9:01 AM
I’ll Be Around
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : Reflections
Label : HighNote
9:06 AM
Easy to Love
Artist : Beegie Adair Trio
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Hillsboro
9:11 AM
You’ve Changed
Artist : Lou Donaldson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Blue Note
9:16 AM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : The Legendary Okeh & Epic Recordings
Label : Epic
9:21 AM
The Perfect Mate
Artist : Steve White
Album : Jazz in Hollywood
Label : Nocturne
9:24 AM
I Thought About You
Artist : Eliane Elias
Album : I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker)
Label : Concord
9:30 AM
It Never Entered My Mind
Album : Forever Love
Label : Verve
9:37 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
9:42 AM
Hymn to Life
Artist : Marc Bernstein & Good People
Album : Hymn for Life
Label : Origin
9:48 AM
Sultry Serenade
Artist : Herbie Mann
Album : Sultry Serenade
Label : Riverside
9:53 AM
Alice in Wonderland
Album : Global Standard Time
Label : T&T


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