Jazz

The film I Called Him Morgan tells of the rise and tragic fall of trumpeter Lee Morgan, who grew up in Philadelphia.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked with sax master Odean Pope about his memories of Morgan, who in his short life made a long-lasting contribution.

Jazz pianist and singer Nat "King" Cole, the first African American to host his own TV variety show in 1956, was known for his great talent and his grace, even in the face of mistreatment and racial discrimination. WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports on a new play that explores what this grace must have cost him.

Jeff Duperon, Working For The Weekend on WRTI 90.1

Oct 24, 2017

We've transformed the jazz weekend sound to make your weekends even better! WRTI Jazz Host Jeff Duperon now has three brand-new shows in the evening hours.

Goblins and Ghosts. Mermaids and Princesses. Trick-or-treat comes next week and WRTI is getting ready to pass out tasty jazz nuggets. Here are some sweet indulgences – on the musical side.   

Credit: William P. Gottlieb

A romantic ballad launched one career, revived another, and became a beloved standard for generations of musicians. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Thelonious Monk's " ‘Round Midnight." The work was recorded first in 1944—but not by Monk.


It’s the 20th Anniversary of The Bridge with J. Michael Harrison, which airs every Friday night at 10 pm. It's “the Bridge between BeBop and Hip Hop, and everything in between." WRTI’s Maureen Malloy reports that J. Michael has always set his sights on music that makes the listener wonder...“Is that jazz?”

Thelonious Sphere Monk left a huge footprint in the world of jazz, so we’ve decided that just one day to commemorate a Monk milestone was not enough. Monk’s 100th birthday was October 10th, and we're embarking on a year-long celebration with a different song each night at midnight, either performed by Monk or a Monk standard performed by another artist.

Sharon Torello

Former Congressman Barney Frank was on stage at Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS concerts in Swarthmore, Haverford, and Center City last week to narrate a classic 1962 work in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, but with a jazz twist.


The Jazz Revolution Is Coming...Again!

Oct 4, 2017

It’s rare that avant-garde music gets time in the spotlight these days. WRTI’s Maureen Malloy gives you some history on the free jazz movement, and a glimpse into its future. Check out the October Revolution of Jazz and Contemporary Music organized by Ars Nova Workshop and Fringe Arts, from October 5th to 8th.

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