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."
What do you get when you combine a beautiful arboretum, a summer night, and amazing music? Throw in a blanket, a picnic dinner, maybe a bottle of wine? It's Groovin' in the Garden at the Morris Arboretum. Take a drive to Chestnut Hill and join WRTI jazz host Jeff Duperon for a delightful musical evening.
In 1959, Kind of Blue, Time Out, Giant Steps, and The Shape of Jazz to Come were just a few of the recordings that changed the face of jazz as we know it. On December 15th, WRTI honors the jazz giants of 1959 with 12 hours of great music! Join us as we feature the songs and musicians who revolutionized the jazz sound, including Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and Ornette Coleman.
A Bronx, NY native, Albert Rivera made his Carnegie Hall debut with his music student classmates at the age of 12 and hasn't looked back.? Tune in for a conversation with Rivera and hear about his new album Re-Introduction. Rivera will perform with his quartet at Chris's Jazz Cafe in Center City, Philadelphia on Saturday, September 27.
This week, Jeff speaks with one of the most exciting musicians on the current jazz scene.
September 19, 2008 at 6:45pm – Raised in rural tobacco country in North Carolina, Ellis grew up with a love of baseball, dewberry cobbler, turkey, and stuffing, and was more familiar with the sounds of hunting rifles and the dangers of snapping turtles than he was with the sounds of jazz.?
Ellis spent one year at the University of New Orleans under the direction of legendary jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis; soon after that, he joined Mr. Marsalis's band.?
Legendary jazz and R&B producer Joel Dorn passed away on December 17, 2007.
My friend, Joel Dorn, of some 37 years passed away today [December 17, 2007]. We bonded a friendship initially by phone, and corresponded that way for almost 40 years before finally meeting face-to-face. But all the while he'd send me LP's and CD's he either singularly produced or helped produce.
Jill Pasternak talks with world-renowned saxophonist and three-time Grammy winner Branford Marsalis. They discuss his latest recording, Braggtown, as well as his involvement with the Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village in his hometown of New Orleans.
J. Michael Harrison will have a conversation with Frederic Yonnet. They will discuss his latest recording Front and Center. Guitarist David Joel will be joining J. Michael around 11:00PM to talk about his new recording.