Jazz Through the Day

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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.

PHL Live, a new Philadelphia city government initiative now in its second year, aims to recognize musical talent in the region with a contest spanning 10 different genres, from classical and jazz to pop. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the jazz ensemble, The Vibe Plus Five. The band came in first place in PHL Live's jazz genre in 2014.


The Philadelphia-based tenor sax player and composer Odean Pope is known worldwide in jazz circles for his impeccable artistry and for his Saxophone Choir. He's had a steady gig at the Blue Note in NYC for many years, and is a longtime soloist with the Max Roach Quartet.

Back in 1986, Allen Toussaint told All Things Considered that he could write a song from the scraps of a joke, or from snippets of conversations. If the occasion called for it, he could even fashion writer's block into verse.

"Well, how do you write a song?" he offered, playfully. "Do you make it short? Do you make it long? Is there any right? Is there any wrong? Just how do you write a song?"

Jazz trumpeter, composer, poet, and community activist Hannibal Lokumbe noticed early in life that music had the power to change people's lives. He took up trumpet, and after college, moved to New York City, where he played with jazz greats Gil Evans, Roy Haynes, and Cecil Taylor, among others.

In Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Orchestra premiere of his "spiritatorio" - One Land, One River, One People, Hannibal is also taking music and conversation into different parts of the community.

Over the course of a career that lasted some sixty years, pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint's music and sound became a hugely influential force for artists working in many different genres. Toussaint died on Monday night in Madrid, at the age of 77.

As the news has spread, artists and other luminaries have been pouring out their grief on social media. Here's a selection of their tributes.

Jazz great Billie Holiday, who died at age 44 in 1959, was posthumously inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame on October 26th.  Lady Day would have turned 100 on April 7, 2015

Goblins and Ghosts. Mermaids and Princesses. Trick-or-treat comes this weekend and WRTI is getting ready to pass out tasty jazz nuggets.  Now, WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston samples some sweet indulgences – on the musical side.  Jazz up your Halloween with a pillowcase full of tasty tunes on WRTI, October 31 starting at 6 pm.  A special thanks to WRTI Jazz Host Bob Craig for his help in the kitchen.

No tricks...we plan on bringing you nothing but musical treats this Halloween! Tune in starting at 6 pm on Saturday, October 31st as Jeff Duperon kicks off an evening of sweet and savory jazz. Have you ever noticed how many tunes reference food, or even have food in the title?  Jeff will showcase these fun songs throughout the evening, and the delicious jazz morsels will continue with Tim Johnstone after midnight, until it's time for breakfast.

Jazz Vocalist Mark Murphy Dies at 83

Oct 23, 2015

Vocalist Mark Murphy, a six-time Grammy nominee known for his improvisational skill and ability to interpret a wide range of song material, died yesterday, October 22, at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. The cause of death was not reported, but it is known that Murphy, who was 83, had been ill for some time. Read more of the article from Jazz Times.

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