All of the works in this Sunday's New York Philharmonic broadcast have a jazz connection. Igor Stravinsky's 1918 Ragtime for 11 Instruments draws its inspiration from popular music of the time, including jazz. Aaron Copland's jazz-steeped Clarinet Concerto dates from 30 years later, a commission from Benny Goodman. Wynton Marsalis has describe his "Swing Symphony" as a symphonic meditation on the evolution of swing, and prominently features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with the Philharmonic. Alan Gilbert and Case Scaglione conduct.
With the help of Duke Ellington, Gerald Wilson, Christian McBride, and others, it's nothing but the sounds of summer on Big Band Jazz, Sunday June 23rd at 7 pm. Bob Craig dials up songs about the birds, songs about the bees, and maybe even songs about the flowers and the trees!
Happy Summer from Bob Craig and all of us at WRTI on Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig, every Sunday night at 7 pm.
The best musician wins the prize, including marriage to the beautiful Eva. Stolzing has already fallen in love with her—and she with him—but he must first learn the arcane rules of the guild of Meistersingers before he can hope to win her hand. Stolzing has help from the revered Hans Sachs but an enemy in Beckmesser, and time is running out.
The Godfather of Neo-Soul, Roy Ayers, visits Jazz with Jeff Duperon Friday, June 21st at 6:30 pm. The vibraphonist and singer is among the best-known, most-loved, and respected jazz and R&B artists on the scene today.
Simon Rattle will be back on the podium this Sunday at 2 pm for a Philadelphia Orchestra performance from late May of Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony, with its vivid scenes of gathering thunderstorms, wandering brooks, and breezy countrysides. We’ll also hear Webern's Passacaglia, and Three fragments from Alban Berg's shattering opera Wozzeck, both of which received their U.S. premieres in Philadelphia as part of Leopold Stokowski's vision for 20th-century music.
On Sunday, June 23 at 8:30 pm, Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes pianist, composer, and arranger Bob James, whose long career continues to evolve. From his early days in Missouri to his winning of two Grammy Awards, Bob James has captivated audiences around the world.
Right around the corner from Rittenhouse Square, Jacobs Music Company is hosting a free, eight-hour marathon of live, jazz piano music on Friday, June 21st, from 11 am to 7 pm. The Philadelphia Jazz Project has lined up ten master pianists from our area who will perform throughout the day at the Jacobs Music store at 1718 Chestnut Street. WRTI is proud to be a media sponsor for JAZZ AT JACOBS - one of many programs taking place on Make Music Philly Day. Don't miss it!