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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March 08, 2013

6:01 AM
The Summer Wind
Artist : Monty Alexander
Album : Echoes of Jilly's
Label : Concord
6:06 AM
Artist : Art Pepper + Eleven
Album : Modern Jazz Classics
Label : Contemporary
6:11 AM
Once I Loved
Artist : Harry Pickens
Album : The Shadow of Your Smile
Label : Harrypickens.com
6:19 AM
All of You
Artist : Denis Solee & Beegie Adair
Album : Sax & Swing
Label : Green Hill
6:23 AM
Key Largo
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Songbook
Label : MusicMasters
6:28 AM
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Artist : John Brown
Album : Quiet Time
Label : Brown Boulevard
6:37 AM
Artist : Mark Sherman
Album : The L.A. Sessions
Label : Miles High
6:43 AM
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : A Tribute to Charlie Byrd
Label : Jardis
6:47 AM
No More Blues
Artist : Maureen Choi
Album : Maureen Choi Quartet
Label : Maureen Choi
6:53 AM
Slow Boat to China
Album : Dear Ella
Label : Verve
6:56 AM
Lotus Bud
Album : VARIOUS: the West Coast Jazz Box
Label : Contemporary
7:01 AM
Al’s Jowels
Artist : Aaron Binder
Album : As Modern as Tomorrow
Label : Aaron Binder
7:06 AM
Four on Six
Artist : Mimi Fox
Album : Standards, Old & New
Label : Origin
7:11 AM
Fried Bananas
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : The Very Best of Prestige Records
Label : Prestige
7:18 AM
Blue in Green
Artist : J.J. JOHNSON
Album : Heroes
Label : Verve
7:22 AM
The Pink Panther
Artist : James Moody
Album : Moody Plays Mancini
Label : Warner Brothers
7:27 AM
Too Close for Comfort
Artist : Dianne Reeves
Album : Good Night and Good Luck
Label : Concord Jazz
7:33 AM
Along Came Betty
Album : Playing For Change
Label : Uptown
7:39 AM
Who Will Buy?
Artist : Aaron Neville
Album : Nature Boy/The Standards Album
Label : Verve
7:43 AM
Broadway Bossa Nova
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Double Live From the USA & Uk
Label : Telarc
7:49 AM
Old Man River
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jug
Label : Prestige
7:54 AM
It’s Only a Paper Moon
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Paper Moon: Songs of Nat King Cole
Label : Telarc
8:01 AM
Every Day I’m In Love With You
Artist : Russ Kassoff
Album : Bird Fly By
Label : RHK Jazz
8:06 AM
Alone Together
Album : Blue Patches
Label : Hip Bop
8:11 AM
Prelude to a Kiss
Artist : Duke Ellington Orchestra
Album : Digital Duke
Label : GRP
8:17 AM
I Don’t Know Enough About You
Artist : Beegie Adair
Album : I Love Being Here With You - a Jazz Piano Tribute To Peggy Lee
Label : Green Hill
8:21 AM
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : In New York
Label : OJC
8:26 AM
Wayfaring Stranger
Artist : Tierney Sutton Band
Album : American Road
Label : BFM Jazz
8:34 AM
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : For Sentimental Reasons
Label : Kind of Blue
8:40 AM
Blues for Joe
Album : Conversation Pieces
Label : Pablo
8:45 AM
Blues For Helene
Artist : Oliver Jones
Album : Just Friends.
Label : Justin Time
8:50 AM
I Feel So Smoochie
Artist : Kurt Elling
Album : This Time It's Love
Label : Blue Note
8:53 AM
Juicy Lucy
Artist : Ray Vega
Album : East-West Trumpet Summit
Label : Origin
9:01 AM
Come Sunday
Album : Duke's Place
Label : Milestone
9:06 AM
52nd Street Theme
Artist : Claire Daly
Album : Baritone Monk
Label : NCB Jazz
9:11 AM
Anatomy of a Murder
Artist : Terence Blanchard
Album : Jazz in Film
Label : Sony Classics
9:16 AM
Blue Skies
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : First Lady of Song
Label : Verve
9:20 AM
Skating in Central Park
Artist : Yoshiaki Masuo
Album : Are You Happy Now
Label : Sunnyside
9:26 AM
Blue Lester
Album : VARIOUS: the Savoy Story (Vol. One - Jazz)
Label : Savoy
9:31 AM
Don’t Touch Me
Artist : Denise Perrier
Album : The Second Time Around - Denise Perrier Live!
Label : Chez Perrier
9:37 AM
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Groove Brothers
Label : Milestone
9:41 AM
Goes Blue
Artist : Ximo Tebar
Album : Ximo Tebar Goes Blue
Label : n.a.
9:47 AM
I Know That You Know
Artist : Milt Hinton
Album : The Judge at His Best
Label : Chiaroscuro
9:52 AM
Honeysuckle Rose
Artist : Ray Brown Trio
Album : Summertime
Label : Telarc


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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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

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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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