Arts Desk

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It’s Jazz Appreciation Month, so we've asked our jazz hosts to pause and answer one simple question: If you could listen to any jazz tune right now, what would it be? Here’s how they weighed in.

April 9, 2018. For 25 years, drummer Sherrie Maricle has led the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, an all-female orchestra founded by Stanley Kay. The musical entrepreneur who managed Buddy Rich, saw something special in Maricle, and she delivered.

The New York Music Co., New York, 1908, monographic. Source: Library of Congress

Fans at baseball games across America have been singing the same song during the seventh-inning stretch for decades. If you're in the stands, nothing beats the fun of belting out that tune everyone knows, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame!"

Sound Evidence

Philadelphia's Jamaaladeen Tacuma has been pushing the boundaries of the electric bass for over four decades, and always commands attention with his unique sound and style. His mastery of the instrument and commitment to the jazz community has inspired the City of Philadelphia to present him with this year’s Benny Golson Award, named for the great sax player.

Steak sizzling on a grill at Pat's King of Steaks. A chorus of birdsong at the Philadelphia Zoo. These are just a few of the hundreds of sounds composer Tod Machover collected from people who live here for a unique musical profile being performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra on April 5, 6, and 7 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

One of classical music’s biggest stars—violinist Joshua Bell—returns to music that touched his soul when he was very young. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it was music worth violating curfew for at summer camp.


April 2, 2018. The reviews are in! Pianist Seong-Jin Cho has put together a splendid recording of the keyboard music of Claude Debussy. Just listen to his new Debussy album. 

April 2, 2018. Pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Jack DeJohnette have made music together for over 40 years.  The sole exception was a two-year hiatus in the ‘90s when Jarrett’s health issues intervened. After the Fall (Live), recorded in 1998, immortalizes their first live performance after that pause and, well, let’s just say that for these guys, it was like getting back on a bike.

It's too cold! It’s too hot! It’s really kind of feverish. Listen to a jazz riot of emotions. Here are 10 spring standouts curated by Jazz Director Maureen Malloy. Each, in no special order, has inspired hundreds of interpretations.


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