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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January 21, 2013

6:01 AM
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out of This World
Label : Playscape
6:06 AM
Full Circle
Album : Full Circle
Label : A Records
6:11 AM
These Foolish Things
Album : VARIOUS: the Savoy Story (Vol. One - Jazz)
Label : Savoy
6:15 AM
Saturday Night
Artist : Etta Jones
Album : All the Way
Label : Highnote
6:19 AM
Autumn Leaves
Album : Meets the Three Tenors
Label : Brownstone
6:25 AM
Artist : Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble
Album : Celebrations
Label : MEII
6:33 AM
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
Artist : Eden Atwood
Album : Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Label : Concord
6:39 AM
Blue Pearl
Album : Another Perspective
Label : Evidence
6:44 AM
One For Kirk
Artist : Steve Turre
Album : The Spirits Up Above
Label : HighNote
6:49 AM
Artist : Bob Mamet Trio
Album : Impromptu
Label : Counterpoint
6:53 AM
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Artist : Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Album : Brown and Roach Incorporated
Label : EmArcy
7:01 AM
April Morning
Album : VARIOUS: Haunted Melodies/Songs of Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Label : Metropolitan
7:06 AM
The Tender Trap
Artist : Janis Siegel
Album : The Tender Trap
Label : Monarch
7:11 AM
At the Crack of Dawn
Artist : Bryan Carter
Album : Enchantment
Label : Imaginate
7:18 AM
Old Devil Moon
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : The Legendary Okeh & Epic Recordings
Label : Epic
7:22 AM
Blessed Assurance
Artist : Cyrus Chestnut
Album : Spirit
Label : Jazz Legacy
7:27 AM
Almost Like Being in Love
Artist : Lester Young & Oscar Peterson
Album : Lester Young With the Oscar Peterson Trio
Label : Verve
7:32 AM
Artist : James Moody
Album : Moody 4A
Label : IPO
7:38 AM
Night and Day
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Azure-Te
Label : Concord
7:43 AM
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Album : Bumpin' in L.A.
Label : Clarion
7:49 AM
I Concentrate on You
Album : Jazz Past Midnight/Love Songs
Label : JMI Jazz
7:54 AM
In a Mellow Tone
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Laid Back
Label : 32 Jazz
8:01 AM
What Will I Tell My Heart
Artist : David Sanborn
Album : Here & Gone
Label : Decca
8:06 AM
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Sea Changes
Label : Evidence
8:11 AM
Don’t Call Me
Artist : George Shearing
Album : from NANCY WILSON & GEORGE SHEARING: the Swingin's Mutual
Label : Capitol
8:15 AM
Furnace of Affliction
Artist : Jay Lawrence Quartet
Album : Sweet Lime
Label : Jazz Hang
8:19 AM
Here I Am
Album : Here I Am
Label : Jazz Karma
8:23 AM
Until the Real Thing Comes Along
Artist : Noah Preminger
Album : Before the Rain
Label : Palmetto
8:30 AM
Small Steps
Artist : Yoshiaki Masuo
Album : Are You Happy Now
Label : Sunnyside
8:36 AM
Artist : Aldo Romano
Album : Canzoni
Label : Enja
8:42 AM
Across the Track Blues
Album : Sunset Stomp
Label : Arbors
8:47 AM
Beatles Medley: Golden Slumbers / Here, There And Everywhere
Artist : Roberta Gambarini
Album : So in Love
Label : EmArcy
8:53 AM
Chuy’s Challenge
Artist : Mark Elf
Album : Liftoff
Label : Jen Bay Jazz
9:01 AM
Golden Earrings
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : Ray Bryant Trio
Label : Prestige
9:06 AM
How Insensitive
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : A Tribute to Charlie Byrd
Label : Jardis
9:12 AM
Backward Shack
Artist : Tony Monaco
Album : Celebration: Live ¿ Love ¿ Music
Label : Chicken Coup
9:19 AM
Batida Diferente
Artist : Sergio Mendes
Album : The Swinger From Rio
Label : Atlantic
9:23 AM
God Bless This Child
Album : The Year of the Dragon
Label : Jazzbank
9:28 AM
It All Depends on You
Album : Swingin' With Pee Wee
Label : Prestige
9:34 AM
Street Life
Artist : Randy Crawford & Joe Sample
Album : Live
Label : PRA
9:40 AM
On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
Artist : Denis Solee & Beegie Adair
Album : Sax & Swing
Label : Green Hill
9:43 AM
Lester’s Minor Blues
Album : Reunion
Label : Tetrachord Music
9:49 AM
Blue Gardenia
Album : The Verdict
Label : Rounder
9:54 AM
I Got Nothin’
Artist : Eric Reed
Album : Here
Label : MaxJazz


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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Check Out These Jazz CDS!
4:22 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Check out Jazz writer Nick Bewsey's CD suggestions for April.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

Seventy-five years ago, on April 9, 1939, as Hitler's troops advanced in Europe and the Depression took its toll in the U.S., one of the most important musical events of the 20th century took place on the National Mall in Washington. There, just two performers, a singer and a pianist, made musical — and social — history.

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Live Broadcast From the Philadelphia Museum of Art
12:13 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Warm Up for the Center City Jazz Festival at Art After 5!

Trombonist Ernest Stuart is founder of the Center City Jazz Festival

Join WRTI’s Jeff Duperon this Friday, April 11th at 6 pm as he broadcasts live from Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On the radio, you'll hear the great jazz you expect from WRTI, along with insight and commentary about the third annual Center City Jazz Festival, which is coming up on April 19th. Trombonist Ernest Stuart, founder of the Festival, will speak with Jeff about all the details.

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Creatively Speaking
3:49 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

It's Official! The City Of Philadelphia Appreciates Jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

All across the country, April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). In Philadelphia, JAM's month-long series of concerts, workshops, and events - including the Center City Jazz Festival - culminates on April 30th, which is Jazz Appreciation Day.

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Creatively Speaking
8:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story

Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

Jazz vocalist, author, and playwright Suzanne Cloud spent about eight months researching Dizzy Gillespie’s life, and writing Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story. The production debuted in 2013 at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

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Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI
11:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Those "I Love Jazz" Moments

One night recently, as I was home struggling to convince my toddler that the floor is not where leftover food lives, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood” came on the radio. Suddenly, I found myself paying a bit more attention to the music than the drama at hand. Why? Because I knew what was coming....that specific moment in the song that always gets to me. There's a total mood shift as the timing completely changes and you start to notice the drums more and more. And then you start to wonder if the drums were even there at all during the beginning of the tune.

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Creatively Speaking
6:04 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Remembering The Sensational Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday (1915-1959) - Nicknamed "Lady Day" by saxophonist Lester Young

Jazz great Billie Holiday, who died at age 44 in 1959, would have turned 99 on April 7, 2014. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in her short career, this Philadelphia-born singer made a huge impact on jazz and American song.

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Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
11:41 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Swing Into Spring on Big Band Jazz: March 30, 7 PM

Count Basie's Big Band

Spring songs get the Big Band Jazz treatment this Sunday! Listen to Basie and Kenton, as well as the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Marty Paich. Grow an hour of Spring Fever this Sunday evening at 7 pm on WRTI.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:34 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes, playback and downtime. The company would take what it needed, the remainder likely never to be developed, much less published. After decades in the photography business, and thousands of album covers to his name, he's amassed a lot of negatives.

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