April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and WRTI is celebrating throughout the month with music that showcases one of the most magical and innovative years of jazz—1959, which was 60 years ago.
During one trip around the sun, artists including Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane changed the face and sound of jazz. Their innovations can still be detected in today's modern music.
In addition to our Jazz Album of the Week feature, be on the lookout for the Classic Jazz Album of the Week, highlighting some of the 1959 innovators. We'll also feature their music during each jazz program.
There are major events happening on our digital platforms, as well. Each week we'll announce new content featuring local artists we've been working with, and ways to see what's new. Check them out below!
The City of Philadelphia, which holds a large piece of jazz history for the nation, has their own celebration as well, and we are a part of it. Check out Philly Celebrates Jazz.
The Smithsonian Institute launched Jazz Appreciation Month in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz.