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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

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


This Song Was Born At Montreux, 1969

7/2/2017
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The summer jazz festival season is about to start. Blockbuster performances at the “Big Three” longest-running summer jazz fests still engender re-makes and recordings. These historic performances live on as benchmarks. Now, starting with the Montreux Jazz Festival — founded in 1967 — WRTI examines highlights from Montreux, Newport, and Monterey.

Duration: 00:01:50


This Song Was Born At Montreux, 1969

6/26/2017
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The summer jazz festival season is about to start. Blockbuster performances at the “Big Three” longest-running summer jazz fests still engender re-makes and recordings. These historic performances live on as benchmarks. Now, starting with the Montreux Jazz Festival — founded in 1967 — WRTI examines highlights from Montreux, Newport, and Monterey.

Duration: 00:01:50


The Intersection of Jazz and 'The Great American Songbook'

6/14/2017
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The songs, or standards, known to us today as "The Great American Songbook" flourished from the mid 1920s to about 1950. Singer Carmen McRae popularized the term with her 1972 album, The Great American Songbook . As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new book on the subject shines light on the role of jazz in the rise, fall, and rebirth of these great American songs.

Duration: 00:01:54


How "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" Went from Show Tune to Jazz Standard

6/5/2017
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“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, ” “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “The Sound of Music." With over 900 songs to his name, composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) left an indelible mark on American musical theater. His songs became an important part of the Great American Songbook, in part because jazz artists and singers loved to re-invent them. If Rodgers had had his way, though, he wouldn’t have let anyone else change a note. Why not?

Duration: 00:01:47


Taking Jazz to Spiritual Settings

5/14/2017
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The Jazz Sanctuary is an organization that takes jazz into houses of worship and other nontraditional venues. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, founder Alan Segal says jazz and the spiritual community drove his recovery from a life-threatening crisis.

Duration: 00:01:48

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