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, and on Jazz Through the Night, weeknights from midnight to 6 AM.

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When drummer Marcus Myers sustained an injury that required him to take a break from his instrument, he pressed the reset button to ponder his creative career and personal mission. During his period of self reflection, he began to create spiritually focused music devoted to the omnipresence of God, thus the "Ode To Omni" collaborative project was conceived.

Lafayette Gilchrist's solo work brings out the evocative, sacred sounds of the piano. Inspired, in part, by the go-go sound—a rhythm unique to his birthplace of Washington D.C.—Lafayette also draws from the well of jazz history, layering his style of improvisation with hip-hop and funk.

When London-born bass player Anthony Tidd teams up with Philly-born, spoken-word artist Ursula Rucker, a special type of combustion occurs. Both create altruistic, socially conscious musical messages. Both are well-known names on the international music scene working with artists hailing from jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and alternative music.

Saxophonist Bobby Zankel has spent decades demonstrating inspiration and influence from a lifetime commitment to the free jazz movement of the 1960s.

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.

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