Jazz Through the Night

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

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

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While we practice important social distancing to keep everyone healthy and safe, we don’t have to be isolated. We can share in the experience of listening to great music, much of it created by musicians in our own region.

March 16, 2020. While his better-known brothers, Branford and Wynton, are global phenomena, Delfeayo Marsalis, the trombonist, production whiz and fourth son born into jazz’s first family, has always preferred to keep things mostly about New Orleans.

March 9, 2020. Grammy-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe has worked on all different types of projects, and is known for having an affinity for Latin jazz. On Sunrise Over Moloka’i, Bill deviates from the predictable, and sets his musical sights on Hawaii, even completing his trio with Bruce Hamada (bass) and Darryl Pellegrini (drums), who both call Hawaii home.

Hollis King

Eleven years ago, Chilean-born jazz vocalist Claudia Acuna graced the stage of the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater to pay tribute to the great Billie Holiday. Four months ago, she came to the WRTI Performance Studio and took command of the room with her own music. This performance of "Futuro" is especially poignant, being that she wrote the tune while awaiting the birth of her son.

March 2, 2020. Wayne Shorter’s music has long deserved big band treatment, and in 2015 it finally got it—from the world’s most prestigious big band, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO). Then 81, Shorter joined the Wynton Marsalis-led JLCO on stage for three consecutive nights, producing unforgettable live shows and a new album: The Music of Wayne Shorter.

February 17, 2020. At just 37 minutes, and comprising eight takes of only five distinct tunes, it’s hard to categorize John Coltrane’s Blue World as an album, per se.

February 3, 2020. Miles Davis once said, “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.”

Jauhien Sasnou

February 3, 2020. Long steeped in the tradition of Philadelphia soul sensibilities, trombonist Ernest Stuart is a versatile player who seemlessly flows in any music style, be it jazz, R&B, hip-hop or rock.

January 27, 2019. Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe worked together to create hit musicals for stage and film for decades. Many of the compositions went on to become part of the Great American Songbook, which, through the years, were subject to different levels of interpretation.

Christine Vaindirlis

January 27, 2020. Canadian-born Bria Skonberg has dazzled audiences worldwide with her distinctive vocal stylings and true chops on the trumpet. Her original song “So Is The Day” has taken on a life of its own over the years. It was the title track of her 2012 release, and appears again on Bria’s newest offering Nothing Never Happens.