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3:48 pm
Sat February 5, 2011

Jazz Grammy Awards Recap on February 15th

Vocalist Denise Donatelli


Join Maureen Malloy from 9 pm to midnight as she presents some of the nominated works and winners from the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards show that aired on TV on February 13th. Jazz singer Denise Donatelli took the #1 spot on WRTI's listener-generated Top 75 of 2010 with her rendition of "Don't Explain." Will her release beat out Gregory Porter's "Water" for Best Jazz Vocal Album? Tune in to find out!

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Jazz Nominees for Grammy Awards - 2010

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Jazz Stories
4:42 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Jazz Bassist and Composer Charles Fambrough Dies at 60


The Philadelphia jazz community lost one of its own on January 1st. The great acoustic jazz bassist Charles Fambrough, who performed with Grover Washington, Jr., McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, and many others, passed away after a long illness at his home in Allentown.

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Obituary from The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Jazz Stories
1:41 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Pianist and Jazz Ambassador Billy Taylor Dies at 89


Dr. Billy Taylor, the legendary pianist, composer, educator, TV and radio broadcaster, and staunch jazz advocate, died of heart failure in New York City on December 28th. His life in jazz was remarkable.

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Obituary from NPR Music

Obituary from The New York Times

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Jazz Stories
4:05 pm
Sun December 19, 2010

Trudy Pitts in Memoriam by Bob Perkins


Jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist Trudy Pitts passed away on December 19, 2010 at Chestnut Hill Hospital at age 78. A Philadelphia legend, who trained as a classical pianist and blossomed into a jazz great, she played with the best of the best, including her husband, Mr. C. WRTI mourns her passing and celebrates her life.

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Jazz Stories
12:20 pm
Sat December 18, 2010

Bob Perkins Remembers Jazz Icon James Moody


The virtuoso jazz saxophonist and flutist James Moody died on December 9, 2010 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 85. Moody (as he liked to be called) was best known, in general, for the song, "Moody's Mood for Love," a vocal version of Moody's instrumental interpretation of the vintage standard, "I'm in the Mood for Love."

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Jazz Stories
11:09 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Remembering Jazz Icon James Moody

The virtuoso jazz saxophonist and flutist James Moody died Thursday, December 9th, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 85. Read More...

Moody is best known for "I'm in the Mood for Love," but will be forever remembered for his inventive, earthy tone, humorous take on
life, and his solos that critic Gary Giddins called "mini-epics in which impassioned oracles, comic relief, suspense and song vie for
chorus time."

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Jazz Stories
9:40 am
Sat December 4, 2010

Bob Perkins Recommends...


Count Basie Swings/Joe Williams Sings

Our "BP with the GM" brings his knowledge and charm to another must-read CD review!

Singer Joe Williams bounced around for quite a number of years before he became a recognized entertainer. He was thus familiar with hard times - once having to undergo electric-shock treatment for an emotional disorder, perhaps brought on by the frustrations of trying to obtain recognition. Read More...

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Jazz Stories
4:07 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Bob Perkins Recommends...


Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington

The Great Summit: The Master Takes


WRTI's legendary jazz host "BP with the GM" shares his excellent taste in music, once again, with his latest CD review. As BP says, "your finely tuned ears" won't be disappointed.

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Jazz Stories
3:51 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

A Salute to Satchmo Throughout August


WRTI honors the man who taught the world to swing with special programming, a unique event, on-demand audio, articles, and videos.

"I never tried to prove nothing, just always wanted to give a good show. My life has been my music; it's always come first. But the music ain't worth nothing if you can't lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, 'cause what you're there for is to please the people." --Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong: The Quintessential Man with the Horn by Bob Perkins

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Jazz Stories
4:37 pm
Sat July 31, 2010

Louis Armstrong: The Quintessential Man with the Horn


by Bob Perkins

Louis Armstrong was to jazz what Einstein was to physics, King to Civil Rights, Shakespeare to comedy and tragedy, and Oprah to televised entertainment. He taught the trumpet to do things the instrument didn't know it was capable of doing, and he could turn a song upside down with that deep, gravelly voice; Armstrong's contributions to the advancement of jazz as an art form are inestimable. All this, accomplished by a man who was born into abject poverty at Liberty and Perdido streets in New Orleans' Third Ward - better known as "Storyville."

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