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 28, 2012

6:01 AM
Basin Street Blues
Artist : David Sanborn
Album : Here & Gone
Label : Decca
6:06 AM
I Will Wait for You
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : Le Grand Freddy
Label : Fantasy
6:11 AM
Big Bertha
Artist : Swingadelic
Album : The Other Duke
Label : Zoho
6:16 AM
Days of Wine and Roses
Artist : Beegie Adair Trio
Album : Days of Wine and Roses
Label : Village Square Music
6:20 AM
A Light Groove
Album : Cal Tjader Quartet
Label : Fantasy
6:26 AM
Little Karen
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : The Quintessence
Label : Impulse
6:31 AM
Far Too Little Love
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Do You Have Any Sugar?
Label : Concord
6:37 AM
I Wish I Knew
Artist : Carol Fredette
Album : Everything in Time
Label : Soundbrush
6:42 AM
A Night in Tunisia
Artist : Turtle Island Quartet
Album : Turtle Island String Quartet
Label : Windham Hill
6:48 AM
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Artist : Charles Mingus
Album : Mingus Ah Um
Label : Columbia Legacy
6:53 AM
Sous Le Ciel De Paris
Artist : Larry Goldings & Harry Allen
Album : When Larry Met Harry
Label : Caf¿ Society
7:01 AM
Her Name
Artist : Matija Dedic
Album : MD In NYC
Label : Origin
7:06 AM
Artist : Mike Tracy
Album : Surfboard
Label : Summit
7:15 AM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
7:20 AM
I’m Just a Lucky So and So
Artist : Mose Allison
Album : The Mose Chronicles - Live in London, Volume 2
Label : Blue Note
7:24 AM
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : VARIOUS: the Prestige Records Story
Label : Prestige
7:29 AM
It’s Only a Paper Moon
Album : Swing Shift
Label : Green Hill
7:34 AM
I’ll Be Seeing You
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : The Last Sessions - Volumes 1 & 2
Label : 32 Jazz
7:40 AM
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Ellington Indigos
Label : Columbia
7:45 AM
If I Were a Bell
Artist : Rainer Heute
Album : Swinging Christmas Greetings
Label : Mons
7:49 AM
What Can I Say (After I Say I’m Sorry)
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Fine and Mellow/Live at Birdland West
Label : Concord
7:55 AM
You Stepped Out of a Dream
Album : Two's Company
Label : Linn
8:01 AM
Carob Powder
Album : Patch Kit
Label : Lemel Music
8:06 AM
D-Natural Blues (Monterey Blues)
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : The Incredible Jazz Guitar
Label : Riverside
8:11 AM
No Heat
Album : VARIOUS: the West Coast Jazz Box
Label : Contemporary
8:18 AM
Easy to Love
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : Easy Living
Label : Sin-Drome
8:22 AM
Naiomi’s Blues
Artist : Count Basie Orchestra
Album : Swinging, Singing, Playing
Label : Mack Avenue
8:27 AM
Love Theme from Spartacus
Album : The Earl Klugh Trio, Vol. One
Label : Warner Brothers
8:32 AM
Talia’s Waltz
Artist : Dan Adler
Album : All Things Familiar
Label : Crawdad
8:38 AM
Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)
Artist : Melissa Morgan
Album : Until I Met You
Label : Telarc
8:43 AM
Love is Here to Stay
Album : Cookin' With Some Barbeque
Label : Muse
8:49 AM
Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : VARIOUS: the Jazz Giants Play Rodgers & Hammerstein
Label : Prestige
8:54 AM
Back Talk
Artist : Dorothy Ashby
Album : In a Minor Groove
Label : Prestige
9:01 AM
April Morning
Album : VARIOUS: Haunted Melodies/Songs of Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Label : Metropolitan
9:06 AM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Verve
9:11 AM
Tin Tin Deo
Artist : Chico & Rita Habana Band
Album : Chico & Rita (BSO)
Label : Calle 54
9:15 AM
Artist : Ken Fowser/Behn Gillece
Album : Little Echo
Label : PosiTone
9:19 AM
Artist : David "Fathead" Newman
Album : Under a Woodstock Moon
Label : Kokopelli
9:25 AM
Dawn on the Desert
Album : The Complete Charlie Shavers With Maxine Sullivan
Label : Bethlehem
9:30 AM
Torna a Surriento
Artist : Aldo Romano
Album : Canzoni
Label : Enja
9:36 AM
All Blues
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Live at the Blue Note
Label : Concord
9:40 AM
Album : Hands On
Label : Random Chance
9:46 AM
Old Man River
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jug
Label : Prestige
9:52 AM
Artist : Tito Carrillo
Album : Opening Statement
Label : Origin


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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

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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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