Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon

Sunday, 9 pm to 12 midnight

Wind down your weekend with Jeff Duperon as he brings you new, creative interpretations of your favorite jazz standards.  You'll enjoy fresh arrangements and orchestrations, like a Big Band version of a Monk tune, or a young vocalist bringing life to the music of Lady Day or belting out a "not-so-standard standard."  Jeff occasionally features concert broadcasts from local venues and festivals.  Tune in to hear what happens when new life is breathed into the classics.

Vocalist Billie Holiday was born 100 years ago this week. Today, her place in music history is clear.

"I think we witness in Billie Holiday's music the beginning of the jazz vocal age, really," fellow vocalist Cassandra Wilson says. "Her phrasing is very conversational, and it swings — it moves with the musicians. She's very much in charge of her place in the music. She's in control of the story, and in control of her cadence."

WRTI's Jeff Duperon takes you to the 2015 Winter Jazzfest in New York City. He'll be tweeting from January 8 - 10 while taking in the sights and sounds of this annual jazz marathon, which started in 2005 and is still going strong.

Jazz has continuously evolved over the years. However, there are some tried and true standards of the genre that will not be compromised. Case in point: a collective known as The Cookers (Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, George Cables, Donald Harrison and David Weiss) have staked their claim as the best reminder that jazz requires an active listener.

Here at WRTI we're very excited about the premiere of a special jazz series - created by the leading producers of jazz content in America. We want you to be part of it.

On Sunday, July 27th at 8:30 PM, Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes Lauren Lark who honed her talents of singing jazz, classical, and many genres in between with a diverse concentration on linguistics including French, Portuguese, Latin, and German at The University of The Arts and has performed at numerous venues and events worldwide.
 
Lauren will discuss her latest project, “A WOMAN of ONE," This musical one-woman program showcases the many talents of the Philadelphia native Lauren Lark.
 

Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start of summer, but was established to honor fallen troops who gave their lives for our country. Join WRTI as we honor both aspects of this holiday weekend. We'll provide the perfect music to fuel your holiday barbeque all weekend long, featuring a type of jazz that - historically - goes hand-in hand with patriotism – Big Band!

Join us this Sunday night at 8:30 PM, when Jeff Duperon welcomes the "Women in Jazz Philly Tour" to his show. The tour is honoring women's history month, and features the all-female jazz group "nVizion." The "Last-Stop concert" is Sunday, March 30 from 4 to 6 pm at St. Terese Church, 6611 Ardleigh Street in Philadelphia.

Vocalists Rhenda Ferrington, Lauren Lark, Shamika Byrd, and Julie Charnet with Kendrah Butler on piano and Sadayah Roberts on drums will stop by to discuss this important event.  

Wondering what's on Jeff Duperon's iPod this year? Wonder no more! We've got his favorite picks from 2013 right here. 

  1. David Weiss Endangered Species: The Music Of Wayne Shorter – Motema Music

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Pianist Jimmy Amadie

Dec 16, 2013

For decades, Jimmy Amadie played solely in his home, heard only by his students when he'd play for them during lessons. His performing career was derailed because of severe hand problems. But later in life, he achieved some fame for his albums — and for the story of what he'd had to overcome to make it possible for him to record. Amadie died of lung cancer on Dec. 10. He was 76.

Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin 0n Sunday, September 29th at 8:30 pm. A passionately soulful improviser, Pedicin is in the midst of an impressive creative surge clearly reflected in his prolific work as a recording artist and composer. His new CD, Why Stop Now...Ubuntu, is his 12th as a leader, and fourth in the last five years.

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