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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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WRTI

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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

Watch and Listen: Sacred Music by Duke Ellington Ahead of Bucks County Choral Society Concerts

5/30/2019
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Live from the WRTI Performance Studio, we heard moving selections from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts , performed by musicians who will be appearing with the Bucks County Choral Society in Ellington’s historic work. WRTI's Bob Perkins and Debra Lew Harder host.

Duration:00:34:56

Dave Brubeck's Time Out: Why Is It So Great?

4/6/2019
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(Originally published in 2015) . In Jailhouse Rock , Elvis plays an ex-con rube hoping to make it in the music business. He’s dragged to a swanky party, where he’s wedged between society snobs who try to look intellectual and hip by discussing modern music. They toss around lingo like “dissonance” and “atonality,” and the names of some musicians, including that of Dave Brubeck. Elvis’s increasing discomfort wells up when the hostess asks his opinion. Rather than revealing his ignorance, he...

Duration:00:08:10

Watch: Vocalists from DivaNation Philly SING and SWING! Live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio

3/6/2019
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The delightful ladies of DivaNation Philly have been singing together for over five years throughout the Philadelphia region. Several members of the collective recently joined Jazz Host J. Michael Harrison live in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio to present a preview of "Vibing for Spring"—their upcoming March 9th performance at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts. https://youtu.be/SZcT0saY3zY

Duration:00:29:53

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

12/31/2018
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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

A Dave Brubeck Memorial By Bob Perkins

12/5/2018
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Bob Perkins remembered the iconic jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, when he died on December 5, 2012 at age 91—one day shy of his 92nd birthday.

Duration:00:01:59

Watch and Listen: The Daniel Bennett Group Live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio

7/25/2018
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Saxophonist and composer Daniel Bennett first showed interest in his instrument when his sister brought him to see a high school jazz ensemble when he was nine years old. Now he's an active performer on the New York jazz scene; his ensemble the Daniel Bennett Group was recently voted “Best New Jazz Group” at the New York Hot House Awards.

Duration:00:28:19

The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

4/24/2018
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The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

Duration:00:01:47

How Ella Fitzgerald Found Her Voice

4/24/2018
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Though she was blessed with impeccable intonation, a distinctive sound, and a superb sense of timing, Ella Fitzgerald was hindered in her early years by the limitations of the repertoire she sang. It took some time, determination, and visionary collaboration for Ella to find her voice.

Duration:00:01:46

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

3/18/2018
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Thinking about 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

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 Sees Connection Between Arts and Politics

10/5/2017
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Former Congressman Barney Frank was on stage at Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS concerts in Swarthmore, Haverford, and Center City last week 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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Jazz giant John Coltrane was born and raised in North Carolina, died in New York, and in between 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 on September 23rd.

Duration:00:01:50