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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September 20, 2013

6:01 AM
Fields of Moons
Artist : Chris Washburne
Album : Fields of Moons
Label : Jazzheads
6:06 AM
Minor Madness
Album : Makin' Whoopee
Label : Bluejay
6:11 AM
The Twelfth of Never
Album : April in Paris
Label : Justin Time
6:18 AM
Body and Soul
Artist : Andy Farber
Album : This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Label : Black Warrior
6:22 AM
Don’t Go Back On Your Raisin’
Artist : Eli Yamin & Evan Christopher
Album : Louie's Dream
Label : Yamin Music
6:26 AM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : Mood Indigo
Label : Antilles
6:33 AM
Hey Jimmy
Artist : Anthony Wonsey
Album : The Thang
6:39 AM
Stop And Go
Artist : Aaron Diehl
Album : The Bespoke Man's Narrative
Label : Mack Avenue
6:45 AM
Still Hard Times
Artist : David "Fathead" Newman
Album : Lone Star Legend
Label : 32 Jazz
6:51 AM
Good Intentions
Album : Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Label : Curb
6:54 AM
Dream Dancing
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
7:01 AM
If I Only Could Hold You When You Cry
Artist : Michael Tracy & Harry Pickens
Album : Conversations
Label : Sea Breeze
7:06 AM
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Giant Steps
Label : Atlantic
7:10 AM
Sunny Side of the Street
Artist : Rod McGaha
Album : a gentle man
Label : Rod McGaha
7:17 AM
Miss Lucy
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jug
Label : Prestige
7:21 AM
Lester’s Minor Blues
Album : Reunion
Label : Tetrachord Music
7:27 AM
Earl’s Key
Artist : Roni Ben-Hur & Santi DeBriano
Album : Our Thing
Label : Motema
7:34 AM
My Kind of Trouble is You
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Songbook
Label : MusicMasters
7:39 AM
Speak Low
Album : Do Nothing Till You Hear From Us!
Label : Concord
7:45 AM
Your Mind is on Vacation
Album : I Ain't Doing Too Bad
Label : Savant
7:49 AM
Ruby, My Dear
Artist : Claire Daly
Album : Baritone Monk
Label : NCB Jazz
7:54 AM
Canadian Sunset
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Boss Tenor
Label : Prestige
8:01 AM
Maybe September (Theme From "the Oscar")
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : The Spoiler
Label : Blue Note
8:06 AM
Petite Fleur
Album : Because of You
Label : Sony
8:09 AM
Soul Shootin’
Artist : Shirley Scott
Album : The Very Best of Prestige Records
Label : Prestige
8:16 AM
I Don’t Know Enough About You
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Russell Malone
Label : Columbia
8:20 AM
Close Your Eyes
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Arbors
8:26 AM
Stormy Monday
Artist : Juliann Kuchocki
Album : Blue Girl Green
Label : Juliann Kuchocki
8:33 AM
Like Sonny
Artist : Larry Coryell
Album : VARIOUS: the John Coltrane Songbook
Label : HighNote
8:39 AM
Cold Duck Time
Album : Bringin' It Home
Label : Concord
8:45 AM
Album : Neck Peckin' Jammie
Label : Muse
8:50 AM
Salt Song
Artist : Michael Dease
Album : Grace
Label : Jazz Legacy
8:56 AM
There’s a House in Harlem For Sale
Artist : Henry ’Red’ Allen
Album : From the Hot Trumpets of Joe Newman and Henry "Red" Allen
Label : Prestige
9:01 AM
Stella by Starlight
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Love Songs
Label : Columbia
9:06 AM
The Man I Love
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : VARIOUS: Central Avenue Sounds
Label : Rhino
9:09 AM
A Sm-o-o-o-th One
Artist : Allan Vache
Album : With Benny In Mind
Label : Arbors
9:15 AM
The More I See You
Artist : Christian McBride Big Band
Album : The Good Feeling
Label : Mack Avenue
9:19 AM
Artist : Champian Fulton
Album : Champian Sings and Swings
Label : Sharp Nine
9:24 AM
I’ll Never Be the Same
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : The Hawk Relaxes
Label : Prestige
9:32 AM
Open Country
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : Jazz Profile
Label : Blue Note
9:38 AM
When October Goes
Artist : John Brown
Album : Quiet Time
Label : Brown Boulevard
9:46 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Album : Blue Patches
Label : Hip Bop
9:51 AM
A Dollar For a Dime
Artist : Joe Williams
Album : Every Night
Label : Verve
9:54 AM
Bossa de Buzios
Album : Second Encounter
Label : Candid


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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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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