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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September 26, 2013

6:01 AM
Mere Madness
Artist : Nelda Swiggett
Album : This Time
Label : OA2
6:06 AM
Stand Still
Artist : Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond
Album : Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond Quartet
Label : Verve
6:09 AM
Artist : John Brown
Album : Quiet Time
Label : Brown Boulevard
6:17 AM
...till then
Album : ...till then
Label : Verve
6:21 AM
Air Mail Special
Artist : Benny Goodman
Album : from CHARLIE CHRISTIAN: The Genius of the Electric Guitar
Label : CBS/SONY
6:25 AM
Body and Soul
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : VARIOUS: Central Avenue Sounds
Label : Rhino
6:30 AM
Show Me
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Until It's Time
Label : Maxjazz
6:36 AM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Cecile McLorin Salvant
Album : WomanChild
Label : Mack Avenue
6:42 AM
Where Do I Go From Here?
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Jazz Has a Sense of Humor
Label : Verve
6:46 AM
Kathy’s Waltz
Artist : Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Album : LifeTimes
Label : Blue Forest
6:54 AM
Lazy Bird
Artist : Max Marshall
Album : Instant Camaraderie
Label : Jazz Hang
7:01 AM
Moten Swing
Artist : Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra
Album : The Lights Suite
Label : Noir
7:06 AM
The Summary
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Art Farmer and the Jazz Giants
Label : Prestige
7:12 AM
"A" Dance
Artist : Amina Figarova
Album : Above the Clouds
Label : Munich
7:18 AM
Dear Bix
Artist : Dee Bell
Album : Sagacious Grace
Label : Laser
7:22 AM
Artist : MEL RHYNE
Album : Remembering Wes
Label : Savant
7:27 AM
Bones For Zoot
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : from Annie Ross & Zoot Sims: a Gasser!
Label : Pacific Jazz
7:33 AM
There’s a Small Hotel
Artist : Dorothy Ashby
Album : In a Minor Groove
Label : Prestige
7:39 AM
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Groove Brothers
Label : Milestone
7:43 AM
Artist : DAN CRAY
Album : No One
Label : Dan Cray
7:49 AM
I Will Wait For You
Artist : Connie Evingson
Album : Sweet Happy Life
Label : Minnehaha Music
7:55 AM
Blue Muse
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Blue Muse
Label : Concord
8:01 AM
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
Artist : Benny Green
Album : Green's Blues
Label : Telarc
8:06 AM
I’m Beginning to See the Light
Artist : Denis Solee & Beegie Adair
Album : Sax & Swing
Label : Green Hill
8:10 AM
You’re Gonna Hear From Me
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : The Spoiler
Label : Blue Note
8:17 AM
Hey John
Artist : Amy Cervini
Album : Digging Me, Digging You
Label : Anzic
8:21 AM
Duke Rays
Artist : Steve Turre
Album : In the Spur of the Moment
Label : Telarc
8:26 AM
Step Lightly
Artist : Rich Thompson
Album : Less is More
Label : Origin
8:33 AM
Artist : Wayne Wallace
Album : To Hear From There
Label : Patois
8:39 AM
Album : Written in the Stars
Label : Blue Note
8:44 AM
What’s Your Story Morning Glory?
Album : Mary's Idea
Label : Decca
8:48 AM
Artist : Elias Haslanger
Album : Church on Monday
Label : Cherrywood
8:54 AM
Blue Pyrenees
Artist : David Gordon
Album : Dozen a Day
Label : Zah Zah
9:01 AM
Willow Weep For Me
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : Fontessa
Label : Atlantic
9:06 AM
Blizzard of Lies
Album : Classics
Label : Concord
9:09 AM
Album : Mentor
Label : Kerry Strayer Productions
9:16 AM
My Buddy
Artist : Cutrone/Pizzarelli/Leggio/Bruno
Album : Four x Four
Label : Cutrone Music
9:20 AM
Oliloqui Valley
Album : Fingerpainting: Music of Herbie Hancock
Label : Verve
9:26 AM
A Song for Johnny (A Tribute to Johnny Frigo)
Artist : Dick Reynolds
Album : Music & Friends
Label : Origin
9:35 AM
Come Dance With Me
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Joey D!
Label : HighNote
9:41 AM
That Old Feeling
Artist : Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson
Album : Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
Label : Verve
9:43 AM
Stompy Jones
Artist : Johnny Hodges
Album : Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges
Label : Impulse
9:48 AM
It Only Happens Once
Artist : Gary Smulyan
Album : High Noon: the Jazz Soul of Frankie Laine
Label : Reservoir
9:55 AM
A Chama
Artist : Lori Mechem & Ritmos Picante
Album : Welcome To Brazil
Label : Cognito


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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