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 31, 2012

6:01 AM
A House is Not a Home
Artist : Lynne Arriale
Album : Inspiration
Label : TCB
6:06 AM
I Wish I Knew
Album : Atlantic-Pacific
Label : Arbors
6:11 AM
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Artist : Eric Reed
Album : Pure Imagination
Label : Impulse
6:15 AM
That’s What I Thought You Said
Artist : Ernie Andrews
Album : Girl Talk
Label : Highnote
6:19 AM
East of the Sun
Album : I'm Beginning To See the Light
Label : Acoustic Disk
6:24 AM
E Nada Mais
Artist : Claudio Roditi
Album : Brazilliance
Label : Resonance
6:31 AM
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance
Artist : Houston Person & Teddy Edwards
Album : Teddy Edwards & Houston Person
Label : Highnote
6:37 AM
Easy to Love
Artist : Beegie Adair Trio
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Hillsboro
6:42 AM
Four Steps to ...
Artist : Amina Figarova
Album : Sketches
Label : Munich
6:50 AM
Don’t You Know I Care
Artist : Joe Williams
Album : Every Night
Label : Verve
6:55 AM
Album : Beautiful Love
Label : Shanachie
7:01 AM
Goodbye Little Dream, Goodbye
Artist : Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
Album : Mezzanine
Label : Owl
7:06 AM
Canadian Sunset
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Boss Tenor
Label : Prestige
7:11 AM
Album : Buzz
Label : Palmetto
7:18 AM
More Today Than Yesterday
Artist : Charles Earland
Album : The Very Best of Prestige Records
Label : Prestige
7:22 AM
Boston Baked Blues
Artist : Avery Sharpe Trio
Album : Autumn Moonlight
Label : JKNM
7:28 AM
Muddy Water
Artist : Madeleine Peyroux
Album : Dreamland
Label : Atlantic
7:33 AM
Autumn in New York
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Blue Lights Vols. 1 & 2
Label : Blue Note
7:39 AM
Stairway to the Stars
Artist : Rachael Price
Album : The Good Hours
Label : Clare Visions
7:43 AM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Fourmost Return
Label : Milestone
7:50 AM
Goin’ to Chicago Blues
Artist : Oliver Nelson
Album : More Blues and the Abstract Truth
Label : Impulse
7:54 AM
Venus De Milo
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : Jazz Profile
Label : Blue Note
8:01 AM
(With You It Was So Beautiful)
Album : VARIOUS: Django Reinhardt NY Festival - Live at Birdland
Label : Atlantic
8:06 AM
An Affair to Remember
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Look Who's Here
Label : Verve
8:12 AM
Ballad For Very Sad and Very Tired Lotus-Eaters
Artist : Grace Kelly & Phil Woods
Album : Man With the Hat
Label : Pazz
8:20 AM
A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
Artist : MEL TORME
Album : VARIOUS: Love Ballads - Late Night Jazz
Label : Telarc
8:24 AM
Georgia on My Mind
Album : The Water is Wide
Label : ECM
8:31 AM
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : Latin Tinge
Label : Highnote
8:38 AM
Everything I’ve Got
Artist : Carrie Wicks
Album : I'll Get Around To It
Label : OA2
8:44 AM
In a Sentimental Mood
Artist : Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Album : Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Label : Impulse
8:48 AM
Tea For Three
Artist : Makoto Ozone
Album : The Trio
Label : Verve
8:53 AM
I’ll Always Be in Love With You
Artist : Benny Goodman
Album : Slipped Disc, 1945-1946
Label : Columbia
8:57 AM
Artist : Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge
Album : Off & On
Label : Left Coast Clave
9:01 AM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis
Album : In a Mellotone
Label : RCA
9:06 AM
Drad Dog
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Someday My Prince Will Come
Label : Columbia
9:11 AM
Ladies in Mercedes
Artist : Gary Burton
Album : Real Life Hits
Label : ECM
9:18 AM
Stay Away From Bill
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Midnight
Label : Concord
9:22 AM
Artist : Donald Harrison
Album : Nouveau Swing
Label : Impulse
9:27 AM
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Blues + Jazz
Label : Rhino
9:32 AM
Our Delight
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Jackson, Johnson, Brown & Company
Label : Pablo
9:38 AM
What is This Thing Called Love?
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : At Last
Label : Telarc
9:43 AM
How Insensitive
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : A Tribute to Charlie Byrd
Label : Jardis
9:49 AM
Artist : Aldo Romano
Album : Canzoni
Label : Enja
9:54 AM
Blue Pyrenees
Artist : David Gordon
Album : Dozen a Day
Label : Zah Zah


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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