Jazz Through the Day

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Join us for an exploration of the American treasure we all know as jazz - great sounds from great artists, featuring music by the masters as well as those who are new on the scene.

Dave Brubeck is responsible for so much wonderful music, it’s hard to choose just one favorite song. The WRTI Jazz Department was tasked with narrowing the field to reveal the tunes they love the most. Here’s what they came up with.

Dave Brubeck's Secret Revealed

Oct 12, 2020

December 6th is Dave Brubeck’s birthday, and WRTI’s Kile Smith looks at the secret behind the legacy of this giant of jazz. Along with leading his Quartet for decades, 1959’s Time Out was the first jazz album to sell a million copies, and from that, Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” was not only their biggest hit, it is still the biggest jazz single in history. But what about Dave Brubeck’s playing?


We have great news. The 33rd Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is on—but this year, it’s on your computer or device. The largest free jazz festival on the East Coast will not be performing live in Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington, DE. Instead, a cream-of–the-crop lineup will be playing in a recording studio, and streamed to you here, via the WRTI website.

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May 1, 2020

Enjoy WRTI in a whole new way with the WRTI App! Download it today to listen to WRTI in the background while browsing the web or catching up on your emails. Your favorite radio station will always be with you—on your mobile phone or tablet—even when you're traveling!

Courtesy of the artist

Pioneering bassist and composer Jymie Merritt was born in Philadelphia in 1926. He died on Friday, April 10th, 2020 at age 93. No cause was given by his son, who posted the sad news on social media.

Amy Pearman

WRTI is proud to announce that Joshua Jackson has been hired to lead content and programming across its varied platforms as the station’s associate general manager for content.

Two Englishmen, Guy Wood and Robert Mellin, slipped it into the Great American Songbook just before it closed, just as rock rolled over sophistication. It begins from below, a slowly twisting Roman candle of a tune, and explodes in the top range of the singer, as the eyes of onlookers reflect the glory of what songs once were.

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Born in New York City to German-Jewish immigrants, Lorenz Hart penned some of Broadway’s most haunting, sophisticated lyrics. At age 24, he began collaborating with composer Richard Rodgers who was 17 at the time.

July 1, 2019. The hope in the "American Dream" is heard in the 2016 album, America Again, by pianist Lara Downes. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

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Can you recall hearing a certain piece of music that made you realize—with absolute certainty—that jazz would always be a part of your life? We want to know... what is that song? And is there a story about hearing it that you can share with us?

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