Matt Silver

Matt Silver is a writer and broadcaster who has been performing, in one way or another, since his grandparents told him as a toddler that singing "Sunrise, Sunset" in rooms full of strangers was the cool thing to do.

His love of jazz comes from his father, Ken, an accomplished clarinetist, bandleader, and educator, who's passed on his extensive knowledge of the Real Book and an abiding love for jazz tunes with Broadway origins.

In addition to writing for WRTI's Arts Desk, Matt can frequently be heard hosting on the jazz side, whistling Gershwin or Bernstein with gusto, or trying to replicate the sounds of Stan Getz and Larry McKenna on his saxophone, which he's found is a good deal harder than it looks.

He is a proud member of that group of hardy souls who got their start at WRTI hosting Jazz through the Night.
 

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Christopher Andrew McDonald

Philadelphia-based vocalist Laurin Talese had one heck of a year in 2018. Her debut album, Gorgeous Chaos (2016), was our Jazz Album of the Week back in December—an achievement sufficient, no doubt, to make anyone’s year.

Lili Anel

Since guitarist and Philadelphia-native Jef Lee Johnson’s passing in 2013, Lili Añel has taken it upon herself to keep Jef Lee’s memory alive the best way she knows how—by playing his music.

Courtesy of Patricia Haddad

Vocalist and pianist Patricia Haddad has been a pillar of the Brazilian bossa nova scene in Philadelphia for over 30 years, along with her husband, Orlando Haddad. Their Grammy-nominated duo, MINAS, has released a half-dozen albums and played everywhere from the Kennedy Center to WRTI’s Performance Studio.

Cellar Live

March 25, 2019. In a world of heavy-handed politics, saxophonist Cory Weeds is remarkable for his diplomacy. On Live at Frankie’s Jazz Club, his 15th album as a leader, Weeds returns to the alto and to his role as Canada’s unofficial ambassador to the jazz world.

Matt Yaple

Picture this: a retrofitted warehouse turned acoustically perfect urban loft, that doubles as a listening room for piano jazz and a man’s home. No sign betrays the goings-on inside.

March 11, 2019. In Philadelphia, we hold a few important truths to be self-evident, this being one: Joey DeFrancesco is the best Hammond B-3 organist on the planet—strike that, in the universe. On his cosmically oriented new album, In the Key of the Universe, Joey D. taps into the astral sounds of the cosmos, paying homage to those who first dared to explore jazz’s outer reaches.

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