We're honoring ladies of jazz this month on WRTI. Take a moment to listen to jazz vocalist Julie London sing "Cry Me A River." In case you didn't know, Julie was named Billboard's most popular female vocalist in 1955, 1956, and 1957, and was on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1957. This video is from 1964.
Join us on Sunday, February 24, 5 to 6 pm as host Bob Craig welcomes Marc Myers, author of a newly published book, Why Jazz Happened - a comprehensive insight, from an outsiders view, of how jazz flourished between 1942 and 1972.
You'll also hear vocal recordings to illustrate the book's theme.
Voices in Jazz with host Bob Craig can be heard Sundays from 3 to 6 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the all- jazz stream at wrti.org.
A special treat this week on Voices in Jazz! The amazingly talented pianist/singer Dena DeRose shares her story about how carpal tunnel syndrome nearly sidelined her piano career, and led to a focus on singing. Today, happily, she's proficient at both and traveling the world as a much in-demand artist. You'll also hear selections from her first solo release - Travelin' Light, featuring standards from the Great American Songbookrecorded live in Antwerp.
Both Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan recorded Gershwin songbook albums in the late 1950s. The first hour of Voices in Jazz this week will feature recordings from both of these famous jazz singers.
Each will sing stunning versions of "Embraceable You" - and even Louis Armstrong gets to squeeze in a couple of duets with Ella. Also, a rebroadcast of an interview with Carolyn Nelson, a Philadelphia-area singer performing songs from her Come A Little Closer CD. Sunday, September 23rd, 3 to 6 pm on the all-jazz stream and WRTI HD-2.
Author Gregg Akkerman has penned a much talked-about biography on the life of jazz singer Johnny Hartman. The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story traces the journey of the Grammy-nominated vocalist from his big-band origins with Earl Hines and Dizzy Gillespie to his storied career as a solo recording artist.
We'll remember singer Jeri Southern on the anniversary of her 86th birthday on Sunday, August 5th on Voices in Jazz, 3 to 6 pm on HD-2 and the jazz stream. It'll be a special hour with her songs and special guest Dick LaPalm, her one-time manager back in the 1950s. He'll share stories and remembrances of this much-admired lady of music in the 5 pm hour.
Join host Bob Craig during the 5 pm hour of his show as he interviews vocalist Stephanie Nakasian - it's in celebration of her new CD, Show Me The Way. You'll hear a few songs from the CD as well as a couple of her spot-on impersonations of Anita O'Day and Blossom Dearie.
Join WRTI host Bob Craig for a celebration of some wonderful songs with a French Connection, including "April in Paris" by Ella Fitzgerald with the Basie band, a new version of "C'est Si Bon" by Halie Loren, and Karrin Allyson's vocalese of Clifford Brown's "Parisian Thoroughfare." Also, songwriter Jimmy McHugh is in the birthday spotlight ("I'm In The Mood For Love" and "Can't Get Out Of This Mood"). Plus, an interview with singer/pianist Patti Wicks.
WRTI jazz host Bob Craig will serve as one of the moderators for the Free Speech Film Festival's award ceremony on Wednesday, May 16th at 7 pm. The one-night festival will take place in the Benjamin Franklin Hall of the American Philosophical Society at 427 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. More information here.