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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July 31, 2013

6:01 AM
Giant Steps
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Giant Steps
Composer : Coltrane
Label : Atlantic
6:06 AM
The Dicty Glide
Artist : DON BYRON
Album : Bug Music
Label : Nonesuch
6:09 AM
Just in Time
Artist : Shelly Manne
Album : Bells Are Ringing
Label : Contemporary
6:14 AM
You’re a Lucky Guy
Artist : Maxine Sullivan & Scott Hamilton
Album : Uptown
Label : Concord
6:18 AM
Groove Yard
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : The Best of Wes Montgomery
Label : Riverside
6:21 AM
You Came a Long Way From St. Louis
Artist : Beegie Adair
Album : I Love Being Here With You - a Jazz Piano Tribute To Peggy Lee
Label : Green Hill
6:26 AM
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance
Artist : Houston Person & Teddy Edwards
Album : Teddy Edwards & Houston Person
Label : Highnote
6:32 AM
All Blues
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Kind of Blue
Label : Columbia
6:43 AM
I Cover the Waterfront
Artist : Champian Fulton
Album : Champian Sings and Swings
Label : Sharp Nine
6:50 AM
Fooling Myself
Album : Pennies From Heaven
Label : Justin Time
6:54 AM
My Funny Valentine
Album : Haunted Heart
Label : Sunnyside
7:01 AM
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Artist : Bill Easley
Album : Love Stories
Label : American Showplace
7:06 AM
Don’t Explain
Artist : Ruth Aguilar
Album : An Invitation
Label : Ruth Aguilar
7:10 AM
Life Cycles
Artist : Sean Jones
Album : The Search Within
Label : Mack Avenue
7:18 AM
Artist : Stacey Kent
Album : Breakfast on the Morning Tram
Label : Blue Note
7:22 AM
Pennies From Heaven
Artist : Lester Young & ’Sweets’ Edison
Album : from OSCAR PETERSON: a Jazz Odyssey
Label : Verve
7:27 AM
Spring Sequence
Album : Bijou
Label : Period
7:35 AM
Small Steps
Artist : Yoshiaki Masuo
Album : Are You Happy Now
Label : Sunnyside
7:41 AM
What is This Thing Called Love?
Artist : George Shearing
Album : VARIOUS: Blue Valentines
Label : Blue Note
7:45 AM
It’s Easy to Remember
Artist : Rich Thompson
Album : Less is More
Label : Origin
7:49 AM
Six Appeal
Album : Deemus
Label : Delmark
7:54 AM
Goin’ to Meetin’
Artist : Eddie ’Lockjaw’ Davis
Album : The Best of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Label : Prestige
8:01 AM
On Green Dolphin Street
Album : VARIOUS: Riverside Original Jazz Classics Sampler
Label : Riverside
8:06 AM
Artist : Michael Dease
Album : Grace
Label : Jazz Legacy
8:11 AM
The Bat
Artist : Pat Metheny
Album : Trio -> Live
Label : Warner Brothers
8:20 AM
Dear Bix
Artist : Dee Bell
Album : Sagacious Grace
Label : Laser
8:24 AM
My Main Man
Artist : Sonny Stitt & Bennie Green
Album : VARIOUS: History of Chess Jazz
Label : Chess
8:30 AM
Bright Mississippi
Artist : Claire Daly
Album : Baritone Monk
Label : NCB Jazz
8:36 AM
Say Little Mama Say
Album : Only For the Pure at Heart
Label : Fable
8:42 AM
Artist : Keith Jarrett
Album : My Song
Label : ECM
8:48 AM
Prairie Dance
Artist : Jack Mouse Group
Album : Range of Motion
Label : Origin
8:52 AM
Lullaby of the Leaves
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : Manhattan Moods
Label : Concord
8:56 AM
So Danco Samba
Artist : Sergio Mendes
Album : The Swinger From Rio
Label : Atlantic
9:01 AM
Bird of Beauty
Artist : Jacob Melchior
Album : It's About Time
Label : Jacob Melchoir
9:06 AM
Artist : Shelly Manne
Album : The Best of Shelly Manne
Label : Contemporary
9:13 AM
Sweet Honey Bee
Artist : Swingadelic
Album : The Other Duke
Label : Zoho
9:19 AM
Body and Soul
Artist : Andy Farber
Album : This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Label : Black Warrior
9:23 AM
You Go to My Head
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Love Songs
Label : Columbia
9:29 AM
Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : The Main Ingredient
Label : Verve
9:35 AM
Where or When
Album : Soft Winds
Label : Concord
9:41 AM
Let There Be Love
Artist : John Pizzarelli
Album : Let There Be Love
Label : Telarc
9:43 AM
This Time the Dream’s on Me
Artist : The Bill Harris Quintet
Album : This Time the Dream's on Me
Label : Pensativa Music
9:51 AM
One Note Samba
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : VARIOUS: Jazz That Swings
Label : 32 Jazz
9:54 AM
The Lady’s in Love With You
Album : RH Positive
Label : Philly Breakdown


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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