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 27, 2012

6:01 AM
My Ideal
Artist : James Danderfer
Album : Swingin' at the Patricia
Label : Reigning Parade
6:05 AM
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : VARIOUS: Atlantic Jazz: Best of the '50s
Label : Rhino
6:10 AM
Out of Nowhere
Artist : Clark Terry
Album : Intimate Stories
Label : Challenge
6:17 AM
The Star-Crossed Lovers
Artist : Tommy Smith
Album : The Sound of Love
Label : Linn
6:21 AM
An Apple, an Orange & a Little Stick Doll
Artist : Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham
Album : VARIOUS: a Concord Jazz Christmas
Label : Concord
6:25 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : John Basile
Album : The Desmond Project
Label : Chesky
6:31 AM
Street Life
Artist : Randy Crawford & Joe Sample
Album : Live
Label : PRA
6:37 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Birks Works - the Verve Big-Band Sessions
Label : Verve
6:43 AM
Indian Blues
Artist : Milt Jackson & Coleman Hawkins
Album : Bean Bags
Label : Koch
6:49 AM
The Feeling of Jazz
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Let It Go
Label : Impulse
6:53 AM
Artist : HOD O’BRIEN
Album : So That's How It Is
Label : Reservoir
7:01 AM
Creole Blues
Artist : Dan Block
Album : From His World to Mine
Label : Miles High
7:06 AM
Artist : Beegie Adair
Album : I Love Being Here With You - a Jazz Piano Tribute To Peggy Lee
Label : Green Hill
7:09 AM
Brother Ray
Artist : David Sanborn
Album : Here & Gone
Label : Decca
7:16 AM
I Didn’t Know About You
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : Cal Tjader Plays / Mary Stallings Sings
Label : Fantasy
7:20 AM
All Blues
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Kind of Blue
Label : Columbia
7:31 AM
It’s You or No One
Album : Mixed Bag
Label : Jazz & Blues
7:37 AM
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
Artist : Eden Atwood
Album : Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Label : Concord
7:42 AM
Pent-up House
Artist : Matt Ray
Album : Lost In New York
Label : CAP
7:47 AM
Don’t Be That Way
Artist : Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
Album : Hot Mallets, Vol. 1
Label : Musical Heritage Society
7:49 AM
The Route
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Jazz Profile
Label : Blue Note
7:55 AM
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Sea Changes
Label : Evidence
8:01 AM
Artist : Mike Rinta
Album : Eponymous
Label : Wide Hive
8:06 AM
What’s New?
Artist : Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery
Album : Smokin' at the Half Note
Label : Verve
8:12 AM
Taking a Chance on Love
Album : Pres and Teddy
Label : Verve
8:18 AM
Sometimes I’m Happy
Artist : John Pizzarelli
Album : After Hours
Label : Novus
8:23 AM
Autumn Leaves
Album : Meets the Three Tenors
Label : Brownstone
8:29 AM
Under a Woodstock Moon
Artist : David "Fathead" Newman
Album : Under a Woodstock Moon
Label : Kokopelli
8:36 AM
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
Album : Do Nothing Till You Hear From Us!
Label : Concord
8:42 AM
Slow Hot Wind
Artist : Richard Cole
Album : Inner Mission
Label : Origin
8:47 AM
Black Orpheus
Artist : Cassandra Wilson
Album : Loverly
Label : Blue Note
8:52 AM
Dusty Blue
Album : Dusty Blue
Label : Bethlehem
8:55 AM
Brother John and Brother Gene
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : A Prescription For the Blues
Label : Impulse
9:01 AM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Album : Bijou
Label : Period
9:06 AM
Artist : Ulf Wakenius
Album : Notes From the Heart
Label : ACT Music
9:11 AM
I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Back In New York
Label : n.a.
9:17 AM
Au Private
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Jazz Profile
Label : Blue Note
9:22 AM
Samba De Orfeo
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : VARIOUS: Brazilian Horizons, Vol. 2
Label : Milestone
9:27 AM
I Cover the Waterfront
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Standard Time, Vol. 3
Label : Columbia
9:34 AM
Always You
Artist : Valerie Capers
Album : Wagner Takes the 'A' Train
Label : Elysium
9:40 AM
Just Another Spring Song
Artist : Jim Pearce
Album : I'm In the Twilight of a Mediocre Career
Label : Oak Avenue
9:44 AM
La Vie en Rose
Artist : Pete Malinverni Trio
Album : A Beautiful Thing!
Label : Saranac
9:49 AM
Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Album : Ella and Louis Again
Label : Verve
9:54 AM
This Guy’s in Love With You
Artist : Larry Goldings
Album : Sweet Science
Label : Palmetto


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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