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 06, 2013

6:01 AM
Bright Future
Artist : Norman/McCarthy Big Band
Album : Bright Future
Label : OA2
6:06 AM
Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
Album : All That Jazz
Label : Arbors
6:10 AM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Lyn Stanley
Album : Lost in Romance
Label : A.T. Music
6:16 AM
Happy Blue
Artist : Rodney Jones
Album : Dreams And Stories
Label : Savant
6:20 AM
The Rubber Man
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : One Flight Down
Label : HighNote
6:24 AM
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Artist : Johnny Hodges
Album : VARIOUS: RCA Victor 80th Anniversary
Label : RCA
6:30 AM
Sweet Georgia Brown
Artist : John Pizzarelli
Album : Dear Mr. Cole
Label : Novus
6:36 AM
Glow in the Dark
Artist : Fiveplay Jazz Quintet
Album : Five and More
Label : Auraline Music
6:43 AM
One By One
Artist : Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
Album : VARIOUS: the Riverside Records Story
Label : Riverside
6:49 AM
Don’t Cry for No Hipster
Artist : Ben Sidran
Album : Don't Cry for No Hipster
Label : Nardis
6:54 AM
Album : VARIOUS: Rhapsody in Blue
Label : Blue Note
7:01 AM
This Heart of Mine
Artist : Marc McDonald
Album : It Doesn't End Here
Label : No End in Sight
7:06 AM
Drad Dog
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Someday My Prince Will Come
Label : Columbia
7:11 AM
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues
Artist : Sarah Partridge
Album : Perspective
Label : Peartree
7:16 AM
I’ll Remember April
Album : VARIOUS: Debut/Period Original Jazz Classics
Label : Debut
7:20 AM
From Me to You
Artist : Bruce Torff
Album : Look Again
Label : Summit
7:24 AM
Que Pasa?
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Song For My Father
Label : Blue Note
7:31 AM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Echoes of Indiana Avenue
Label : Resonance
7:37 AM
Willow Weep For Me
Artist : The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra
Album : Artistry: A Tribute to Stan Kenton
Label : MAMA
7:42 AM
Rainy Night
Album : Rainy Night
Label : Bonobo
7:47 AM
One Alone
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie & Stan Getz
Album : Diz & Getz
Label : Verve
7:50 AM
Dolphin Dance
Artist : Herbie Hancock
Album : Maiden Voyage
Label : Blue Note
8:01 AM
Moten Swing
Artist : Lori Mechem
Album : Shiny Stockings
Label : Echomusic
8:06 AM
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : VARIOUS: Atlantic Jazz: Best of the '50s
Label : Rhino
8:10 AM
East to Wes
Artist : Emily Remler
Album : East to Wes
Label : Concord
8:18 AM
Almost Like Being In Love
Artist : New York Voices
Album : New York Voices Live
Label : Palmetto
8:22 AM
Sugar Rum Cherry
Artist : The Hot Club of San Francisco
Album : Hot Club Cool Yule
Label : Azica
8:25 AM
Just You, Just Me
Artist : Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan
Album : Live at MCG
Label : MCG Jazz
8:31 AM
Like Someone in Love
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Daydream
Label : Concord
8:37 AM
After the Love Has Gone
Album : Double Gemini
Label : Challenge
8:43 AM
Artist : Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
Album : Mezzanine
Label : Owl
8:48 AM
Two-Finger Boogie Shuffle
Artist : Terry Gibbs
Album : From Me to You: a Tribute to Lionel Hampton
Label : Mack Avenue
8:52 AM
Used ’Ta Could
Artist : Christian McBride
Album : Kind of Brown
Label : Mack Avenue
9:01 AM
The Brilliant Corners of Thelonious’ Jumpin’ Jeep
Artist : Joan Stiles
Album : Hurly-Burly
Label : Oo-Bla-Dee
9:06 AM
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Poinciana
Label : Columbia
9:11 AM
Noche De Ronda
Artist : Charlie Haden
Album : Nocturne
Label : Verve
9:18 AM
Body and Soul
Artist : Andy Farber
Album : This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Label : Black Warrior
9:22 AM
Homewood Morning
Artist : BILL HEID
Album : Bop Rascal
Label : Savant
9:27 AM
How Am I to Know
Artist : Diane Marino
Album : Loads of Love
Label : M&M
9:33 AM
Black and Tan Fantasy
Artist : James Newton
Album : The African Flower
Label : Blue Note
9:39 AM
Artist : Brent Jensen
Album : The Sound of a Dry Martini
Label : Origin
9:46 AM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist : Stacey Kent
Album : In Love Again
Label : Candid
9:50 AM
There’s a Small Hotel
Artist : Cory Weeds / Bill Coon Quartet
Album : With Benefits
Label : Cellar Live
9:56 AM
Nights in Madrid
Album : Terry Gibbs & Buddy DeFranco Play Steve Allen
Label : Contemporary


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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

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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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