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.

June 3, 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.

May 13, 2019. Joshua Redman is like the Kobe Bryant of saxophonists. All the pedigree, all the pressure, all the hype and—no doubt—all the people who would’ve preferred he not live up to it.

As an 11-year-old in Lagos, Nigeria, Douyé promised her dying father she’d one day sing the music he played for her as a child—jazz. After two well-received R&B records, the versatile vocalist (pronounced Doe-Yay) honored that promise, making her jazz debut with 2017’s Daddy Said So. Now, with Quatro, Douye’s diving into the Antonio Carlos Jobim songbook to honor the ancestral roots that she shares with bossa nova.

April 23, 2019. South Jersey’s Paul Jost had a long career as an instrumentalist before debuting as a vocalist with 2014’s aptly named Breaking Through. In the newly released follow-up to that debut, Simple Life, Jost shows that he’s blown way past “getting the hang of this singing thing” on his way to positively reveling in it.

Snupps

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), and this year marks the 60th anniversary of the most influential year in jazz, 1959. Each week we've highlighted one of the game-changing albums that left an indelible mark in jazz history, and changed the course of its future.

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.

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.

April 15, 2019. On trumpeter Josh Lawrence’s latest, Triptych, it’s hard to see the forest through the "threes." Of the album’s 10 tracks, nine of them are divided into three distinct suites of three-movements apiece.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), and this year marks the 60th anniversary of the most influential year in jazz, 1959. Each week we will highlight one of the game changing albums that left an indelible mark in jazz history, and changed the course of its future. 

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.

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