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The best in acoustically driven jazz, featuring swing, bop, post-bop, cool, and beyond from the classic sessions of yesterday and the new cats of today.

The best in acoustically driven jazz, featuring swing, bop, post-bop, cool, and beyond from the classic sessions of yesterday and the new cats of today.
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Philadelphia, PA

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The best in acoustically driven jazz, featuring swing, bop, post-bop, cool, and beyond from the classic sessions of yesterday and the new cats of today.

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English

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WRTI-FM 1509 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 3rd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19121


Episodes

The Surprising Influence of J.S. Bach on Jazz Great Bill Evans

3/18/2018
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As we celebrate the legacy of jazz pianist Bill Evans, you might be surprised to know that some cool cats named Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and especially—Johann Sebastian Bach—helped shape his sound.

Duration:00:01:42

A Must-Hear Jazz Version of Fly, Eagles, Fly that Will Knock Your Socks Off!

2/8/2018
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Wow! Listen to this jazzed-up rendition of "Fly, Eagles, Fly" and you'll be soaring all day long with your Birds!

Duration:00:01:48

Celebrate Jazz Education With The Temple Jazz All Stars in NYC and on WRTI 90.1!

1/26/2018
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A band led by one of the great innovators of jazz education is gearing up for a big night in the Big Apple. The Temple University Jazz All Star Concert is on January 30th, 8 pm, in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center , and leader Terell Stafford has assembled some of the finest all-star guests imaginable.

Duration:00:16:22

The Story Behind the Mummers' Theme Song, "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers"

12/27/2017
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Music, spectacular costumes, and strutting down Broad Street? It must be New Year's Day in Philadelphia with the Mummers Parade!

Duration:00:01:49

What's Perfect Together? Jazz and Christmas!

11/30/2017
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Tenor sax player, composer, and arranger Tim Warfield has been performing professionally since he was sixteen. He was able to improvise at a very early age and says that by now he thinks of the saxophone as an extension of himself.

Duration:00:01:44

A Film About Jazz Trumpeter Lee Morgan Sparks Memories for Odean Pope

11/13/2017
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The film I Called Him Morgan tells of the rise and tragic fall of trumpeter Lee Morgan, who grew up in Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked with sax master Odean Pope about his memories of Morgan, who in his short life made a long-lasting contribution.

Duration:00:01:54

Actor Dulé Hill Personifies the Talent, Grace, and Fire of Nat "King" Cole in New Play

10/28/2017
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Jazz pianist and singer Nat "King" Cole, the first African American to host his own TV variety show in 1956, was known for his great talent and his grace, even in the face of mistreatment and racial discrimination. WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports on a new play that explores what this grace must have cost him.

Duration:00:01:58

Still Falling for Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight

10/10/2017
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A romantic ballad launched one career, revived another, and became a beloved standard for generations of musicians. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Thelonious Monk's " ‘Round Midnight." The work was recorded first in 1944—but not by Monk.

Duration:00:01:47

Barney Frank Narrates "Journey Into Jazz" Performances This Weekend in Philadelphia

10/5/2017
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Former Congressman Barney Frank will be on stage at Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS concerts in Swarthmore, Haverford, and Center City on October 6, 7, and 8 to narrate a classic 1962 work in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf , but with a jazz twist.

Duration:00:20:36

They Keep Those Stars Shining Bright On Broad Street

9/25/2017
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When David-Michael Kenney returned to Philadelphia from California, he walked down the Avenue of the Arts past the "Walk of Fame" plaques. He noticed the nameplates of the local music greats were quite tarnished.

Duration:00:01:45

The Tunes that Made the 1920s Roar!

9/25/2017
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Check out a great book, all about the tunes that put the "roar" in "The Roaring Twenties." WRTI's Susan Lewis spoke with the author of Tunes of the Twenties and All That Jazz: The Stories Behind the Songs.

Duration:00:01:43

A New Mural Rising to Honor John Coltrane

9/12/2017
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A 12-year-old mural of John Coltrane near his North Philadelphia house was destroyed in 2014 to make way for real estate development. WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports on a new mural now rising just blocks away, restoring the jazz giant to his old neighborhood.

Duration:00:01:52

Coltrane: The Philadelphia Years

8/27/2017
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While jazz giant John Coltrane was born and raised in North Carolina, and died in New York, he spent 15 years in Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the role the city played in the career of this master sax player and composer, who would have turned 91 this month.

Duration:00:01:50

Oscar Peterson, The Wonderful Wizard Of The Piano!

8/21/2017
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When WRTI Jazz Host Bob Perkins talks about one of his all-time favorite pianists, what does he call him? The Wonderful Wizard of OZcar! One of the great jazz pianists of all time, master of the keyboard Oscar Peterson, said he was intimidated by jazz pianist Art Tatum and admired Nat King Cole. But "O.P.," as his friends called him, was a magician who followed his own muse.

Duration:00:01:51

The Surprising Influence of J.S. Bach on Jazz Great Bill Evans

8/16/2017
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As we celebrate the legacy of jazz pianist Bill Evans, you might be surprised to know that some cool cats named Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and especially—Johann Sebastian Bach—helped shape his sound.

Duration:00:01:42

Oscar Peterson, The Wonderful Wizard Of The Piano!

8/14/2017
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When WRTI Jazz Host Bob Perkins talks about one of his all-time favorite pianists, what does he call him? The Wonderful Wizard of OZcar! One of the great jazz pianists of all time, master of the keyboard Oscar Peterson, said he was intimidated by jazz pianist Art Tatum and admired Nat King Cole. But "O.P.," as his friends called him, was a magician who followed his own muse.

Duration:00:01:51

Still Falling for Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight

8/7/2017
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A romantic ballad launched one career, revived another, and became a beloved standard for generations of musicians. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Thelonious Monk's " ‘Round Midnight." The work was recorded first in 1944—but not by Monk.

Duration:00:01:47

This Song Re-Charged Duke Ellington's Career

7/31/2017
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In 1956, a groundbreaking performance at the Newport Jazz Festival changed the course of Duke Ellington's path in jazz. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

Duration:00:01:45

Looking at the Mural of Grover Washington, Jr. You Can Almost Hear The Music

7/10/2017
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Grover Washington, Jr.’s hit albums included Mister Magic in 1974 and Winelight in 1981; the latter won him two Grammy Awards in '82. A larger-than-life mural on the corner of Broad and Diamond streets pays tribute to the famed saxophonist who, for over three decades, called Philadelphia his home. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

Duration:00:02:00

How Cool Are Sax Masters Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz!

7/3/2017
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Two great sax players were born on the same day, just three years apart. On February 2nd, 1924, Sonny Stitt was born in Boston, and Stan Getz made his first appearance in Philadelphia on the same day in 1927. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, each had his own style that would influence future generations.

Duration:00:01:51

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