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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December 26, 2012

6:01 AM
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
Artist : Benny Green
Album : Green's Blues
Label : Telarc
6:06 AM
After You’ve Gone
Artist : Joe Williams
Album : VARIOUS: Music to Make the Impossible Possible
Label : Concord
6:11 AM
Cape Verdean Blues
Artist : Alvin Queen
Album : Mighty Long Way
Label : Justin Time
6:19 AM
Moliendo Cafe
Album : Flatjacks
Label : Milestone
6:23 AM
Artist : Andre Previn
Album : Old Friends
Label : Telarc
6:28 AM
Definite Difference
Album : Can't Help Swingin'
Label : Prestige
6:33 AM
It Never Entered My Mind
Album : Forever Love
Label : Verve
6:39 AM
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to
Artist : Denise Perrier
Album : The Second Time Around - Denise Perrier Live!
Label : Chez Perrier
6:43 AM
Blue Skies
Artist : Tony Depaolis
Album : The Contemporary Dynamic
Label : Tony Depaolis
6:49 AM
The Genius After Hours
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : VARIOUS: Atlantic Jazz Keyboards
Label : Rhino
6:55 AM
Three for Farmer
Album : A Cat in the Alley
Label : MP3.com
7:01 AM
The Bay Area’s Afro-Latin Funky Love Shuffle
Artist : Babatunde Lea
Album : Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost
Label : Motema
7:06 AM
Cold Duck Time
Album : Bringin' It Home
Label : Concord
7:11 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
7:16 AM
Save That Time
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : I Didn't Know About You
Label : Concord
7:20 AM
Mean to Me
Album : Mixed Bag
Label : Jazz & Blues
7:26 AM
Only of a Season
Artist : Ray Vega
Album : East-West Trumpet Summit
Label : Origin
7:34 AM
The Nearness of You
Album : Kick It!
Label : Minerva
7:40 AM
It Had to Be You
Artist : Jimmy McGriff
Album : Straight Up
Label : Milestone
7:46 AM
Stella by Starlight
Album : Blue Patches
Label : Hip Bop Essence
7:50 AM
On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
Artist : Denis Solee & Beegie Adair
Album : Sax & Swing
Label : Green Hill
7:54 AM
Artist : Kenny Clarke
Album : Meets the Detroit Jazz Men
Label : Savoy
8:01 AM
This Heart of Mine
Artist : Marc McDonald
Album : It Doesn't End Here
Label : No End in Sight
8:06 AM
Come Rain or Come Shine
Artist : Falkner Evans
Album : Arc
Label : CAP
8:13 AM
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Artist : Stacey Kent
Album : Dreamsville
Label : Candid
8:19 AM
The Very Thought of You
Artist : Shirley Scott
Album : Legends of Acid Jazz
Label : Prestige
8:23 AM
Like Sonny
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Coltrane Jazz
Label : Atlantic
8:29 AM
’Round Midnight
Artist : Thelonious Monk
Album : Monk's Blues
Label : Columbia
8:34 AM
If Someone Had Told Me
Artist : Thad Jones
Album : The Magnificent Thad Jones (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
Label : Blue Note
8:40 AM
That Old Feeling
Album : Swingin' With Pee Wee
Label : Prestige
8:45 AM
The Pawnbroker
Artist : Terence Blanchard
Album : Jazz in Film
Label : Sony Classics
8:50 AM
Dream Dancing
Artist : Monica Ramey
Album : Make Someone Happy
Label : Cognito
8:55 AM
Memphis Underground
Artist : Mark Weinstein
Album : Jazz Brazil
Label : Jazzheads
9:01 AM
Dearly Beloved
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Boss Guitar
Label : Riverside
9:06 AM
Rose Room
Album : The Complete Charlie Shavers With Maxine Sullivan
Label : Bethlehem
9:11 AM
Turtle Town
Artist : Brad Mehldau
Album : Day is Done
9:18 AM
She Was Too Good to Me
Artist : Boz Scaggs
Album : Speak Low
Label : Decca
9:22 AM
Oh How I Love Jesus
Artist : Cyrus Chestnut
Album : Spirit
Label : Jazz Legacy
9:27 AM
One Note Samba
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : VARIOUS: Jazz That Swings
Label : 32 Jazz
9:32 AM
The Preacher
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Funky Pieces of Silver
Label : HighNote
9:38 AM
September Song
Album : This is New
Label : Verve
9:43 AM
The Summary
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Art Farmer and the Jazz Giants
Label : Prestige
9:49 AM
Skating in Central Park
Artist : Yoshiaki Masuo
Album : Are You Happy Now
Label : Sunnyside
9:55 AM
I Didn’t Know About You
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Ellington is Forever, Vol. 1
Label : Fantasy


Creatively Speaking
9:56 am
Mon April 14, 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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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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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.