Bobbi I. Booker

Program Host

Bobbi is is an award-winning Philadelphia-based multi-media journalist and radio personality whose work appears regionally in the Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia Magazine and The Philadelphia Tribune and nationally via NPR Books. Ms. Booker has completed two prestigious  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowships at the Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism (2005) and Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival at Duke University (2008).

In 1981, Bobbi launched her professional broadcast career with WRTI as a news reporter, and in 1999 was named co-host of Ovations.

Ms. Booker can be heard on the "Spirit Soul Music" edition of Ovations on Sundays from 6 to 9 AM.

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Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist Dayramir Gonzalez serves as a bridge connecting and continuing the Afro-Cuban music tradition. The son of jazz trumpeter Fabian Gonzalez, Dayramir was steeped in music early. By age 16, he began playing professionally and has developed into an international composer, bandleader, and jazz pianist.

When tenor saxophonist Teodross Avery first listened to John Coltrane’s iconic album Giant Steps a couple decades ago, it changed the course of his musical career.

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Organist Lucas Brown is a jazz and classical performing artist, composer, and educator who, with his eponymous septet, incorporates the openness of music into his playing while simultaneously moving into the future.

It's Jazz Appreciation Month, and WRTI is highlighting vocalist Laurin Talese as part of a diverse playlist featuring both established and emerging women from around Philadelphia and around the world.

The musical collective unit known as Vertical Current is comprised of talented artists expressing themselves through original compositions and rhythmically savvy interpretations of contemporary jazz classics.

Long hailed as one of the world’s finest tenor sax players, Larry McKenna possesses a fluid sound enhanced by bebop-inspired improvisations that has been embraced by jazz fans for over five decades.

When saxophonist Olivia Hughart (now a college freshman) was in middle school in Lower Merion, there were few girls in her jazz big band, despite the fact that there were many girls in orchestra and band. In an effort to bring girls together from her school disctrict who shared an interest in jazz, she founded the organization Key of She Jazz.

The Cuban-born, Philadelphia-based composer and percussionist Arturo Stable possesses a unique and refreshing percussive sound that can shift seamlessly whether he’s collaborating or leading his jazz ensembles.

British-Nigerian, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and music producer Ola Onabulé has been on the music scene for more than 20 years.

Check out the video of Ola Onabulé and his ensemble here!

Whitney Thomas

Songstress Michelle Lordi has blossomed into an artist who is comfortable enough to push the already fluid boundaries of jazz.

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