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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February 25, 2013

6:01 AM
Thunder Walk
Artist : George Benson
Album : Compact Jazz
Label : Verve
6:06 AM
Tin Tin Deo
Album : The Best Thing For Me
Label : Arbors
6:11 AM
No Strangers Here
Artist : Ben Wolfe
Album : No Strangers Here
Label : MaxJazz
6:15 AM
Kansas City
Artist : Chris Connor
Album : Warm Cool
Label : 32 Jazz
6:19 AM
Soft Winds
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Late Hour Special
Label : Prestige
6:25 AM
Don’t Explain
Artist : Ruth Aguilar
Album : An Invitation
Label : Ruth Aguilar
6:30 AM
Show Me
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Until It's Time
Label : Maxjazz
6:36 AM
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Jazz Showcase
Label : Prestige
6:41 AM
It Could Happen to You
Artist : Mary Louise Knutson
Album : In the Bubble
Label : Meridian Jazz
6:47 AM
Thou Swell
Artist : Hampton Hawes
Album : Four!
Label : Contemporary
6:52 AM
How High the Moon
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Sonny Rollins & the Contemporary Leaders
Label : Contemporary
7:01 AM
Double Rainbow
Artist : Oscar Castro-Neves
Album : All One
Label : Mack Avenue
7:06 AM
Artist : Elias Haslanger
Album : Church on Monday
Label : Cherrywood
7:12 AM
Turtle Town
Artist : Brad Mehldau
Album : Day is Done
7:19 AM
Gotta Go
Artist : Claire Daly Quintet
Album : Mary Joyce Project
Label : Daly Bread
7:23 AM
Soul Meeting
Artist : Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Album : Soul Brothers/Soul Meeting
Label : Atlantic
7:30 AM
Nowhere With Love
Album : Come By Me
Label : Columbia
7:35 AM
How Ruth Felt
Artist : Regina Carter
Album : I'll Be Seeing You: a Sentimental Journey
Label : Verve
7:41 AM
That Old Black Magic
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Twelve Nights in Hollywood
Label : Hip-O Select
7:45 AM
Album : Silberglicity
Label : Silberspoon
7:50 AM
Love For Sale
Artist : Denis Solee & Beegie Adair
Album : Sax & Swing
Label : Green Hill
7:54 AM
Out of Nowhere
Album : Do Nothing Till You Hear From Us!
Label : Concord
8:01 AM
Don’t Blame Me
Artist : Coleman Hawkins All American Four
Album : Essential Keynote Collection Vol. 6
Label : Mercury
8:06 AM
Since I Found You
Artist : Dave Bass Quartet
Album : Gone
Label : Dave Bass Music
8:12 AM
Paris Blues
Artist : Count Basie Orchestra
Album : Count Plays Duke
Label : MAMA
8:16 AM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : The Legendary Okeh & Epic Recordings
Label : Epic
8:20 AM
After Hours
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : Alone at Montreux
Label : 32 Jazz
8:24 AM
Song For Christine
Artist : The Zen Zadravec Quartet
Album : n.a.
Label : n.a.
8:33 AM
Nina Never Knew
Artist : Jay Ashby and Steve Davis
Album : Mistaken Identity
Label : MCG Jazz
8:39 AM
Gone With the Wind
Artist : Laura Taylor
Album : Cry Me a River
Label : Stayng Power
8:44 AM
April in Paris
Artist : Roy Haynes
Album : Birds of a Feather - a Tribute To Charlie Parker
Label : Dreyfus
8:49 AM
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Artist : Willie Nelson
Album : American Classic
Label : Blue Note
8:52 AM
Put it in the Middle
Album : Double A
Label : After 9
9:01 AM
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart/Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Johnny Hodges
Album : Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges
Label : Impulse
9:06 AM
You Haven’t Changed
Artist : Ray Zepeda
Album : Ray Zepeda - Step By Step
Label : Soundsketch
9:13 AM
On a Misty Night
Artist : Tadd Dameron & John Coltrane
Album : Mating Call
Label : Prestige
9:20 AM
The More I See You
Artist : Christian McBride Big Band
Album : The Good Feeling
Label : Mack Avenue
9:24 AM
Moten Swing
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Benny Carter and the Jazz Giants
Label : Pablo
9:34 AM
Take the ’A’ Train
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson Plays the Duke Ellington Song Book
Label : Verve
9:39 AM
Like Someone in Love
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Daydream
Label : Concord
9:45 AM
Album : Flying Home: Best of the Verve Years
Label : Verve
9:48 AM
Dearly Beloved
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : VARIOUS: the Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern
Label : Prestige
9:51 AM
It’s You or No One
Album : Mixed Bag
Label : Jazz & Blues
9:55 AM
Too Marvelous For Words
Artist : Mark Elf
Album : Dream Steppin'
Label : Jen Bay


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University of Pennsylvania

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

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Metronome Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 2:14 pm

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