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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November 22, 2012

6:01 AM
Unspoken Words
Album : Natural Selection
Label : GRP
6:06 AM
Take the ’A’ Train
Album : They Came To Swing
Label : Columbia
6:11 AM
Artist : Nick Moran Trio
Album : No Time Like Now
Label : Manor Sound
6:17 AM
If Dreams Come True
Artist : John Pizzarelli & George Shearing
Album : The Rare Delight of You
Label : Telarc
6:21 AM
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : VARIOUS: the Prestige Records Story
Label : Prestige
6:26 AM
Hymn to Freedom
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : A Summer Night in Munich
Label : Telarc
6:33 AM
Two for One
Album : Can't Help Swingin'
Label : Prestige
6:40 AM
Bock to Bock
Artist : MEL RHYNE
Album : Remembering Wes
Label : Savant
6:44 AM
The Lady’s in Love With You
Album : RH Positive
Label : Philly Breakdown
6:49 AM
The Thrill Is Gone
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : Live at the Village Vanguard
Label : MaxJazz
6:55 AM
Do Ti
Artist : Jan Leder
Album : Nonchalant
Label : A-Records
7:01 AM
Come Sunday
Album : Duke's Place
Label : Milestone
7:06 AM
Why Do I Love You?
Artist : Statesmen of Jazz
Album : A Multitude of Stars
Label : Arbors
7:11 AM
People Will Say We’re in Love
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out of This World
Label : Playscape
7:18 AM
Not While I’m Around
Album : VARIOUS: Sleep Warm/A Jazz Lullaby Collection
Label : Hokanzee
7:22 AM
Trio Blues
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : The Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
7:27 AM
Reflections in D
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Piano Reflections
Label : Capitol
7:32 AM
Cool on the Coast
Artist : Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Album : Classified
Label : Koch
7:38 AM
Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You
Album : I Saw the Sky
Label : Enja
7:43 AM
Artist : Swing Masters
Album : Vol. 3 Gene Krupa ...Jazz Pioneer!
Label : Dare
7:49 AM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy's Diamonds - Best of the Verve Years
Label : Verve
7:54 AM
Close Your Eyes
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Arbors
8:01 AM
You’ve Changed
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
8:06 AM
Bags’ Groove
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : European Concert
Label : Label M
8:11 AM
Blue Walk
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : One Day, Forever
Label : Arkadia Jazz
8:18 AM
One for My Baby
Artist : Dianne Reeves
Album : Good Night and Good Luck
Label : Concord Jazz
8:22 AM
Album : Kindred
Label : Blue Note
8:28 AM
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
Artist : Beegie Adair Trio
Album : The Nat King Cole Collection
Label : Green Hill
8:32 AM
The Days of Wine and Roses
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : A Tribute to Charlie Byrd
Label : Jardis
8:38 AM
Here’s That Rainy Day
Artist : Nicole Lvoff
Album : Here's That Rainy Day
Label : Marmalade
8:43 AM
Days of Wine and Roses
Album : Two For the Road
Label : GRP
8:49 AM
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
Album : VARIOUS: Gentle Duke
Label : Prestige
8:54 AM
Dream of You
Artist : Scott Hamilton & Bucky Pizzarelli
Album : The Red Door
Label : Concord
9:01 AM
Waking Dreams
Artist : Chantale Gagne
Album : Wisdom of the Water
Label : Chantelle Gagne
9:06 AM
Artist : Louis Hayes
Album : The Timekeeper
Label : Allegro
9:11 AM
Morning Glow (Asayake)
Artist : Onaje Allan Gumbs
Album : That Special Part of Me
Label : Zebra
9:17 AM
Boy Wanted
Artist : Julian Yeo
Album : You and the Night / Night and the Music
Label : Julian Yeo
9:21 AM
Miles Ahead
Album : So Near, So Far (Musings For Miles)
Label : Verve
9:25 AM
Bohemia After Dark
Artist : Dorothy Ashby
Album : In a Minor Groove
9:33 AM
Artist : Gerald Wilson
Album : In My Time
Label : n.a.
9:39 AM
A Mayra
Artist : Bebo Vald¿s
Album : Chico & Rita (BSO)
Label : Calle 54
9:42 AM
Artist : Jo Jones
Album : The Essential
Label : Vanguard
9:47 AM
Double Rainbow
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Imagina
Label : Concord
9:53 AM
Dizzy’s Business
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : VARIOUS: Keepnews Collection Sampler
Label : Riverside


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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