Maureen Malloy

Jazz Host

Maureen began her radio career at WRTI in 1999 while studying broadcasting at Temple University. Determined to make it in the entertainment industry, she took advantage of all the creative opportunities presented to her at WRTI - she hosted the overnight jazz broadcasts through her entire college career, she was an arts and culture reporter, and she soaked up the jazz biz from her many WRTI mentors.

After graduation, Maureen held many positions in the broadcasting and entertainment industries. She worked in casting and as a booking agent for local talent. She taught speech and acting classes for children. And she had a stint in commercial radio working in production. Along with being an independent music promoter in her spare time, Maureen still managed to host jazz at WRTI. And soon it was clear to her that jazz was her true calling.

Maureen finally found her home in an office full of amazing music, and with a sign on the door that reads "Jazz Music Director."

 

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Vocalist and composer Gregory Porter has released his much-awaited sophomore album, Be Good, the follow-up to Water, which made huge waves in the jazz world in 2010.  Sophomore albums tend to make fans and critics a bit nervous due to expectation and anticipation, so I'll save you some time and anguish - Gregory, once again, delivers!  Strong musicianship, horn arrangements by Kamau Kenyatta, and Porter's booming, yet expressive voice, make this record a true crowd-pleaser.

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.

This week's Jazz Hot 11:

1. Kate McGarry - Girl TalkGIRL TALK

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite 11 new jazz releases in rotation at WRTI.

This week's Jazz Hot 11:

1. Ahmad Jamal - Morning MistBLUE MOON

I'll be giving away tickets all week long for the upcoming  Esperanza Spalding concert at the Electric Factory! The Grammy award-winning bassist/vocalist/composer will be in town on May 13th.  Tune in between 9:30 and 10:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, for your chance to win a pair of passes for the show!

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite 11 new jazz releases in rotation at WRTI.

Artist | Song | Album and (Rank Last Week)

Put some swing into your spring...check out all of the jazz events around town this month. Plus, on WRTI we’ll broadcast special jazz tributes every night in April. You’ll hear short biographical sketches of jazz musicians (past and present) with regional ties. And after each sketch, we’ll play music from the featured artists. You’ll be able to catch our vignettes every day at 7 pm, 10 pm, 1 am, and 5 am.

Cinque: Catch A Corner
Joey DeFrancesco, Steve Gadd, Peter Cardinali, Robi Botos, John Johnson

A new musical project is always an easy sell in our area when Joey DeFrancesco is part of it. Now add famed drummer Steve Gadd to the mix. That should be enough, right? In the case of Cinque, a group formed by Toronto-based record producer Peter Cardinali, those two musicians are just the bow that ties this funky package together. The Canadian contingent on this record is no joke.
 

Come Sunday
Charlie Haden & Hank Jones

Early in 2010, bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Hank Jones got together to record a follow-up to their 1995 (smash hit) album of spirituals and traditional music, Steal Away. They made the decision that a small handful of traditional carols, with a message of peace, would make it onto the album. The result is Come Sunday. It was recorded in February 2010, shortly before Jones' passing.

Oscar Peterson: Unmistakable
A Zenph Re-Performance

There is nothing quite like listening to Oscar Peterson play the piano. The man was a true musical genius, and his playing exuded rigid technique and grace - all at the same time. This Unmistakable release is a solo record, and may be one of the most pristine recordings of Oscar's work that has ever existed.

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