Jazz Through the Night

Weeknights and Sunday, midnight to 6 am; Saturday, 2 to 6 am
  • Hosted by Ryan Gottlieb, heard on FM / HD1 and the jazz stream
  • Local Host Matt Sliver, and Paul March

Early-morning hosts spin classics and new releases from our jazz library.

[Originally published in June, 2019] Sometimes in music, especially jazz, we call a particularly ambitious new album “a project,” especially when the music is something more, the perfect vehicle to deliver an impactful story. With 400: An African American Musical Portrait, bassist Avery Sharpe hasn’t just released a new album—he’s unveiled a serious project.

June 22, 2020. Inspired by the protest music of the '60s that helped dismantle the codified racism of that era, bassist Marlene Rosenberg’s latest album, MLK Convergence, released almost exactly a year ago, presents a new catalogue of socially conscious compositions with the exigency of our current moment in mind, taking aim at the vestiges of institutionalized prejudice that continue to link America to its original sin.

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.

Terence Blanchard is a jazz trumpeter, composer and music educator. His most recent work is the score for the 2020 film Da 5 Bloods, his latest of many collaborations with director Spike Lee.

Black Music is the story of the Black Experience. It spans across all genres of music and is an important part of American history and culture. This week, we’re paying homage to Black composers and musicians and their journey of expression and creativity—and we’re asking you to join us.

June 15, 2020. In 1998, bassist and bandleader Christian McBride composed The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons as part of a musical commission. At the time, he considered it a musical portrait of the Civil Rights Movement; it became much more than that.

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.

June 8, 2020. From founding the Captain Black Big Band in 2009 to replacing Ethan Iverson as The Bad Plus’s pianist in 2018, Philadelphia native Orrin Evans has never shied away from taking a leap into the musical unknown.

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