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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December 05, 2013

6:01 AM
Tchavolo Swing
Artist : Hot Club of San Francisco
Album : Swing This
Label : Hot Club of San Francisco
6:06 AM
Sandra’s Blues
Artist : Milt Jackson & Coleman Hawkins
Album : Bean Bags
Label : Koch
6:13 AM
Song for Darius
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Sweet Georgia Peach
Label : Impulse
6:20 AM
Album : No Escape
Label : ACT Music
6:24 AM
Tin Tin Deo
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Pure Genius: the Complete Atlantic Recordings
Label : Atlantic
6:29 AM
In the Beginning
Artist : Ben Sidran
Album : Don't Cry for No Hipster
Label : Nardis
6:34 AM
It Could Happen to You
Artist : Steve Davis
Album : Eloquence
Label : Jazz Legacy
6:40 AM
Minor Blues
Album : Fuller Nelson
Label : Sunnyside
6:45 AM
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Ballads
Label : Impulse
6:50 AM
And How I Hoped For Your Love
Artist : Judy Wexler
Album : Under a Painted Sky
Label : Jazzed Media
6:55 AM
Mediterranean Sun
Artist : Avishai Cohen
Album : At Home
Label : Razdaz
7:01 AM
Gina’s Groove
Artist : Clayton Brothers
Album : Back in the Swing of Things
Label : n.a.
7:06 AM
Let Me
Album : Manhattan Morning
Label : Jazzheads
7:11 AM
Edith’s Cake
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Saturday Morning
Label : Jazzbook
7:17 AM
Waltz For Dorothy
Artist : Ryan Shea Smith
Album : Stay Awhile
Label : Exact
7:21 AM
Blues For Hamp
Artist : Terry Gibbs
Album : From Me to You: a Tribute to Lionel Hampton
Label : Mack Avenue
7:27 AM
Crystal Silence
Album : September Ballads
Label : Milestone
7:33 AM
A Duke-Ish Blues
Artist : Billy Taylor
Album : Urban Griot
Label : Soundpost
7:39 AM
Give a Little More
Artist : Michael Feinstein and Andre Previn
Album : Change of Heart: The Songs of Andr¿ Previn
Label : Telarc
7:42 AM
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
Artist : Dan Adler
Album : All Things Familiar
Label : Crawdad
7:48 AM
The Mountain
Artist : Steve Gadd Band
Album : Gadditude
Label : BFM Jazz
7:54 AM
Recorda Me
Artist : Jim Snidero
Album : The Music of Joe Henderson
Label : Double Time
8:01 AM
Blues Nouveau
Artist : Mike Dowling
Album : Eclectricity
Label : Wind River Guitar
8:06 AM
It Had to Be You
Artist : Jimmy McGriff
Album : Straight Up
Label : Milestone
8:12 AM
There Will Never Be Another You
Artist : Duane Padilla
Album : Sentimental Swing
Label : Duane Padilla
8:17 AM
Silver Treads Among My Soul
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Song For My Father
Label : Blue Note
8:21 AM
I’m In The Mood For Love
Artist : Bryan Anthony & the Gary Norian Trio
Album : A Night Like This
Label : Mercator
8:24 AM
West Coast Blues
Artist : Harold Land
Album : VARIOUS: Jazzland OJC Sampler
Label : Jazzland
8:32 AM
Artist : Shirley Crabbe
Album : Home
Label : MaiSong
8:38 AM
Gypsy Blues (Blues For Ike)
Artist : Mike Ferro
Album : Django By Ferro
Label : Denwa Jazz
8:43 AM
Kum Ba Ya
Artist : Lynne Arriale
Album : Arise
Label : Motema
8:48 AM
I Cover the Waterfront
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Jump For Joy
Label : Verve
8:51 AM
Chosen Words
Artist : Eddie Daniels
Album : Homecoming: Eddie Daniels Live at the Iridium
Label : IPO
9:01 AM
Swing Gitane
Artist : The Stephane Wrembel Trio
Album : n.a.
Label : n.a.
9:05 AM
411 West
Artist : Shirley Scott
Album : Legends of Acid Jazz
Label : Prestige
9:12 AM
Artist : B¿la Fleck & Marcus Roberts
Album : Across the Imaginary Divide
Label : Rounder
9:18 AM
I Feel Fine / Sidewinder
Artist : John Pizzarelli
Album : Double Exposure
Label : Telarc
9:22 AM
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Artist : Charlie Haden & Hank Jones
Album : Come Sunday
Label : EmArcy
9:25 AM
Mount Harissa
Artist : Dmitry Baevsky
Album : Down With It
Label : Sharp Nine
9:33 AM
Where or When
Album : Soft Winds
Label : Concord
9:39 AM
Blue Lester
Album : VARIOUS: the Savoy Story (Vol. One - Jazz)
Label : Savoy
9:43 AM
Modal Issue
Artist : The Nightcrawlers with the Big Band Sound
Album : Down in the Bottom
Label : Cellar Live
9:48 AM
I’m Shadowing You
Artist : Amy Cervini
Album : Digging Me, Digging You
Label : Anzic
9:53 AM
Un Grand Amor
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Live in Paris
Label : Dreyfus


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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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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