Late Evening Jazz

Monday through Thursday, 9 pm to midnight

The best in acoustically driven jazz, featuring swing, bop, post-bop, cool and beyond from the classic sessions of yesterday and the new cats of today. And don't miss the Jazz Hot 11 Countdown on Mondays at 10:30 pm.

Ways to Connect

"Let the good times roll" with WRTI's J. Michael Harrison starting at 9 pm on Mardi Gras to celebrate the city that gave birth to "America's Music" - jazz!  J. Michael will be the Grand Marshall of this Mardi Gras parade bringing you the best that New Orleans musicians have been offering throughout the years.  

Expect some early New Orleans jazz from Louis Armstrong and The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the"pop" side of New Orleans music with Louis Prima, and even New Orleans-style jazz played by artists who aren't natives, but inspired by that wonderful town.

The late Eartha Kitt’s strength, vulnerability, and sensuality inspired singer/songwriter René Marie’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, I Wanna be Evil, With Love to Eartha Kitt.  Marie knows firsthand the risks of setting a new course in life.  When she was in her 40s, she quit her day job at a bank to devote herself to singing and composing fulltime. It was a decision that was not without repercussions. And about a year later, her marriage ended.

What is Gypsy Jazz?

Jan 20, 2016

Rooted in African-American communities of the South, jazz became popular in Europe in the 1920s and '30s and influenced the development of other styles. WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with has more on "gypsy jazz."


Join WRTI's J. Michael Harrison on Monday. January 18th starting at 9 pm, as he celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting alto saxophonist/composer/educator Bobby Watson and his “I Have A Dream” project. 

How A Korean Jazz Festival Found A Huge Young Audience

Jan 12, 2016

It was like discovering a parallel reality.

After completing a sponsored trip to South Korea for music professionals in October, I stayed in the country, striking out on my own. I grabbed a train to the Jarasum International Jazz Festival, a couple hours from Seoul, and arrived in the middle of a set by the international power pairing of Paolo Fresu, Omar Sosa and Trilok Gurtu.

WRTI's Bob Craig has his picks of the top big band tunes released in 2015. Here's his list!

Let’s count down to 2016 by counting down your favorite new jazz releases of 2015!  Join us from 9 PM until midnight, starting on December 28th, to review the year’s top new releases as voted by YOU. Check out the list below!

The tremendous trumpeter Terell Stafford says finding talent for the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia was “super easy” because Philadelphia is filled with brilliant musicians. Chemistry is key in the band that Stafford put together in 2013. He says the jazz orchestra is what Philadelphia is about:  jazz virtuosos with ties to the city, focusing on music connected to its past and present.


Tune in to WRTI between now and January 1st as we sprinkle in your favorite seasonal jazz to accompany our regular programming.

For One To Love, vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant's recent album, is a popular new release at WRTI, and has been nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY Award.

This is not the first GRAMMY nomination for the Miami-born, classically trained chanteuse; her 2014 breakout release, WomanChild, was also nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album. 

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