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Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with WRTI

Spring is here, and along with it comes our annual jazz celebration in April. This year, the Philadelphia jazz community - including WRTI - has organized the Philadelphia Jazz Coalition to help our city celebrate its extraordinary jazz legacy and current thriving jazz scene throughout the month. Jazz events and programs are happening at a variety of venues in Philadelphia. WRTI joins in the city's celebration with special jazz programming.

Tune in to hear biographical vignettes of Philadelphia's finest artists (past and present) every day in April, followed by a set of music by that day's featured artist. Listen to the tributes at 7 pm, 10 pm, 1 am, and 4 am.

Additionally, each week in April a different "section of the band" will be spotlighted, starting off with pianists. Next, we'll move onto reeds, then the rhythm section, and finally the horns. Vocalists will serenade you through the weekends. Some of the artists you will hear: Piano - Lucas Brown, Sid Simmons; Reeds - Daniel Peterson, John Coltrane; Rhythm Section - Warren Oree, Philly Joe Jones; Horns - Patrick Hughes, Lee Morgan.

Monday, April 11th has been designated "Jazz Day" in Philadelphia by Mayor Michael Nutter, as part of a national Jazz Day recognition program. WRTI, along with other members of the Philadelphia Jazz Coalition, will receive a proclamation from Mayor Nutter on that day.

Click here for information about Philadelphia Jazz Month and a calendar of events.

Watch and Listen: Trumpet player Lee Morgan with Oscar Peterson, Ed Thigpen, and Ray Brown in 1961 - "Moanin'"