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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.

Language:

English

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


Episodes

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


The Legacy of Jazz Singer and Pianist Shirley Horn

4/30/2017
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Known for her distinctive singing, which she did most often from the keyboard, Shirley Horn studied classical music before turning to jazz in the 1950s. In the early '60s she caught the attention of Miles Davis, and then her career started to take off.

Duration: 00:01:47


Jazz Superstar Christian McBride Still Has That Philly Pride

4/30/2017
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When the Newport Jazz Festival announced that Philadelphia-born musician Christian McBride would assume the role of its artistic director in 2017, festival founder and current producer George Wein said, "When I first met Christian McBride in 1989, I knew he was someone special."

Duration: 00:01:52


Still Falling for Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight

4/18/2017
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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


Why Haven't You Heard of Lennie Tristano?

4/16/2017
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He played with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. He taught Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. He was the true father of “free jazz.” So WRTI’s Maureen Malloy had to wonder, “Why don’t people know about Lennie Tristano?”

Duration: 00:01:48


This Song Was Born At Montreux, 1969

4/10/2017
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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


Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD Is Not Your Father’s Opera

4/3/2017
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Opera Philadelphia's production of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD tells the compelling story of a legendary jazz icon in a way that's meant to broaden and diversify opera’s audience. The role of saxophonist Charlie Parker was composed by Daniel Schnyder with tenor Lawrence Brownlee in mind.

Duration: 00:01:51

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