Memorial Day Weekend

Join us from Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25 during jazz hours as we remember those who fought for our country by presenting jazz performed by United States military bands. Jeff Duperon kicks off the festivities on Friday, May 22nd at 6 pm with music from The West Point Jazz Knights, the U.S. Army Blues, and many other military bands, old and new. This music continues all weekend long, until the Hot 11 Countdown kicks off at 10:30 pm on Monday.  

Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start of summer, but was established to honor fallen troops who gave their lives for our country. Join WRTI as we honor both aspects of this holiday weekend. We'll provide the perfect music to fuel your holiday barbeque all weekend long, featuring a type of jazz that - historically - goes hand-in hand with patriotism – Big Band!

Join us as we bring you the classic jazz tunes that you know and love to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend.  At the top of each hour, WRTI jazz hosts will play three classic tunes in a row.  We'll page through the jazz songbook, spending moments with artists such as Sarah Vaughan and Benny Goodman. 

You'll also hear new interpretations of jazz classics, like Gregory Porter’s rendition of “Work Song,” and Cecile McLorin Salvant’s “What A Little Moonlight Can Do.”  Relax the weekend away with your favorite tunes on your favorite radio station, WRTI!