Jazz Through the Night

Weeknights and Sunday, midnight to 6 am; Saturday, 2 to 6 am
heard on FM / HD1 and the jazz stream
Zivit Shlank

Early-morning hosts spin classics and new releases from our jazz library.

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Latest From ICON Magazine
12:51 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

What Makes DUCHESS Swing?

Credit: Shervin Lainez

The notion that “everything old is new again” blossoms like spring on the charming self-titled debut record by the DUCHESS trio, and it’s altogether refreshing. With a sound inspired by songs sung by the Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters—albeit with classy, updated arrangements—to charts that date back to the 1930s and '40s, Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou are three strong jazz and pop vocalists with their own solid careers. Here, they serve up sophisticated humor (Cy Coleman’s “A Doodlin’ Song”) and café society swing (Peggy Lee’s “Love Being Here With You”) with the cleverest wit. 

Up close and personal, I heard them during their March CD release gig at the Jazz Standard in NYC, where the sold-out crowd was seduced by ballads like “Que Sera, Sera” and Johnny Mercer’s “P.S. I Love You.” Their warm, earthy harmonies hit you like Cupid’s arrow. That original blend of sauce and swing deservedly make DUCHESS stand out.


With a fine band in tow anchored by pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Paul Sikvie and ace drummer Matt Wilson, this completely delightful trio hearkens back to the era when performers like Bobby Short sang songs and entertainment was the priority.

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Billie Holiday Tribute
12:37 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

WRTI Celebrates 100 Years of Lady Day on April 7th

Billie Holiday (1915—1959)

Join us on Tuesday, April 7th during jazz hours for our centennial tribute to Billie Holiday, who was born in West Philadelphia, on April 7, 1915, and went on to become a musical and social phenomenon who changed the face of music forever.  

As part of Vintage Week on WRTI, we'll present anecdotes about Lady Day and continue to play vintage jazz favorites from our jazz staff in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.

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Latest from ICON Magazine
5:16 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Romance, Swing, Blues, and Marcus Roberts

There are jazz pianists who lead their own bands, and then there is the innovative Marcus Roberts, an Ellington acolyte and original Young Lion (along with his peer, bandleader and collaborator Wynton Marsalis). Though some critics shrugged when Roberts released his early opus, Deep in The Shed (1998), many—including me—found that work exhilarating and an essential jazz recording.

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Latest from ICON Magazine
2:54 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

The Demons of Bud Powell

In that bygone era when radio was king, the drama known as The Shadow was one of the best. The dulcet voice of the announcer preceded each program with the question, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” He then finished off the quiz with a sardonic laugh, and the clincher, “The Shadow knows.”

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WRTI Spotlight
8:47 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway with the Temple U. Jazz Band! Free Concert on Dec. 4th

Terell Stafford leads the Temple University Jazz Band

How does this sound? A fabulous singer, known for championing the Great American Songbook, performing with the ultra-amazing Temple University Jazz Band led by Terell Stafford - in a free concert! Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway and the TU Jazz Band will knock your socks off on Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 pm, Temple Performing Arts Center at 1837 North Broad Street.

Jazz Night In America on WRTI: Nov. 30, 8 PM
10:20 am
Sat November 29, 2014

SpokFrevo Orquestra: Carnival And Jazz

The SpokFrevo Orquestra is led by the saxophonist known as Maestro Spok.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 11:29 am

During Carnival in Brazil, music fills the streets. And often that music is frevo, a genre drawing from marches, Brazilian quadrilha, polka and classical music.

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Jazz Night in America: November 23 at 8 PM on WRTI
3:51 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Very Very Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill conducts the Society Situation Dance Band at the Very Very Threadgill festival.
Shahar Azran Courtesy of Harlem Stage

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 11:35 am

Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Two tubas with two guitars, a "sextett" with seven members, a free-improvising trio with an instrument made of hubcaps, a dance orchestra: Nothing is off the table.

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Jazz Night In America on WRTI
2:52 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Reconnecting The Circuit Of Puerto Rican Identity Through Music

Miguel Zenón's new album is titled Identities Are Changeable.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 3:50 pm

New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent are a diverse group. Some were born in Puerto Rico, some have never set foot on the island, and everyone else falls somewhere between.

But they do share a special identity, calling themselves "Nuyoricans." And when you look over the long list of notable Nuyoricans — everyone from Supreme Court Justice Sandra Sotomayor to Jennifer Lopez — it's kind of amazing how much they've contributed to American culture.

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Voices in Jazz on WRTI HD-2, Sunday at 5 PM
4:18 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Bob Craig Pays Tribute To Tim Hauser

Timothy Hasuer (1941-2014)

Join WRTI's Bob Craig this Sunday, Oct 26th as he remembers Manhattan Transfer founder and artist Tim Hauser by playing part of an interview with Tim from four years ago - listen to clips of that interview below.

An Ocean Township, NJ native and Villanova graduate, Hauser started his musical career right here in our region, and then branched out to New York City, where he wore a few different hats before establishing one of the most popular jazz groups of his era.

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Clips From the Art After 5 Broadcast
11:13 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Meet Vocalist Kevin Valentine

Jazz vocalist Kevin Valentine

In case you missed Jeff Duperon's live broadcast from Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on July 11th, here are clips from Maureen Malloy's interview with vocalist Kevin Valentine, which aired during the broadcast.

Also, for your listening pleasure, here is some of the interview that did not make it on the air during the broadcast.  If you're wondering about possible future music from Kevin Valentine, be sure to give this a listen!

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