WRTI Spotlight

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:55 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: June 23, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Bobby Watson & the "I Have A Dream" Project - Sweet Dreams - CHECK CASHING DAY  

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J. Michael Harrison's The Bridge
12:09 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

A Doctor, An Aussie, and The Bad Plus on The Bridge: June 27 at 10 PM

The Bad Plus

Tune in to The Bridge on Friday, June 27th at 10 pm to hear a jam-packed night of great music and interesting conversation.  

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Live From PMA
2:51 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Jeff Duperon with Michael Pedicin at Art After 5, June 20, 6 PM

Tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin

Join Jeff Duperon on Friday, June 20th at 6 pm as he hosts his program live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The museum’s Art After 5 series is featuring Michael Pedicin, a nationally respected post-bop saxophonist with some strong Philadelphia ties. Pedicin and his band will perform in support of their most recent release, Why Stop Now…Ubuntu.

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Opera on WRTI
12:16 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, June 21, 1 PM

Mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard sings Rosina and baritone Nathan Gunn sings Figaro in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Rossini's music sparkles like sunshine with one hit tune after another. Not only is Figaro the Barber of Seville, he's also the ultimate Mr. Fix-It! This time he's out to ensure that Count Almaviva can marry lovely Rosina before her grumpy old guardian drags her to the altar himself. Saturday, June 21, 1 to 4 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:18 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Jazz Pianist and Hard Bop Composer Horace Silver Dies at 85

One of my favorite Horace Silver albums

When I first heard Horace Silver play piano, I said to myself, "this fellow must have been groomed in the African America church." Not quite...but somewhat close: his mother was of Irish-African descent, and did sing in church; and his father was of Afro-Portuguese heritage.

One could detect in his unique, straight-ahead jazz style, gospel, blues, soul and funk - well before the latter adjective found its way into the music lexicon. 

Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers: Doodlin'

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WRTI Spotlight
1:22 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

BP Remembers Jazz Vocalist Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott

The music world - and the world at large - lost a very fine singer of standard popular songs last week when Jimmy Scott died on June 12th at age 88.

It’s surprising that the name Jimmy Scott was unknown to a good number of folks. But to those familiar with his work and his way with a song, he was a legend...and some of those who favored his work, were and are, legends in their own right: Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Billie Holiday, to name a few, sang his praises. The standard pop and jazz cognoscente, knew Jimmy Scott!

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: June 16, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - The Passage - LIFE IN THE BUBBLE

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ENCORE!
7:10 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Center Stage from Wolf Trap on WRTI: Beethoven and Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 4 PM

Ahn Trio

This week's Center Stage from Wolf Trap features Beethoven's second string quartet followed by two works which bring a real Brazilian flavor to the broadcast - just in time for the World Cup!  Bill McGlaughlin and Rich Kleinfeldt are your hosts on Sunday, June 15th at 4 PM.

Program:

Ludwig van Beethoven: - String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2

  • Jerusalem String Quartet

Dorival Caymmi/Tiago Costa: Só Louco  

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Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
6:44 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: Tchaikovsky and Mozart, Sunday, June 15, 5 PM

Conductor Matthias Bamert

This month's Applause! features two superb performances by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.  The first performance is of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, recorded in concert last month in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.  Internationally acclaimed Japanese-born violinist Saeka Matsuyama is the soloist.  The second is Mozart’s seldom heard Symphony No. 17 with guest conductor Matthias Bamert.  Dave Conant is your host this Sunday, June 15th at 5 PM.

Program:

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Breaking News
6:44 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos Dies at 80

Conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos

Conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos died on June 10th at his home in Pamplona, Spain. He was 80 years old. (At the bottom of this post are several interviews with the late maestro.) Just last week he announced that he would retire from all conducting activities due to his battle with cancer.  Recent positions include chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic from 2004 to 2011, and chief conductor of the Danish National Orchestra for the last two seasons.

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