Late Evening Jazz

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The best in acoustically driven jazz, featuring swing, bop, post-bop, cool and beyond from the classic sessions of yesterday and the new cats of today. Check out Courtney Blue on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Bob Craig on Thursdays.

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February 18, 2019. On Move On: A Sondheim Adventure, Cyrille Aimée’s ninth album, we get one of contemporary jazz’s most distinctive voices without the band we've come to strongly associate with her sound. Though longtime fans of Cyrille's trademark gypsy swing needn't despair—the Django Rheinhardt influence is still present, nowhere more so than on "So Many People," where Aimée is joined by longtime collaborator, the superb French guitarist, Adrien Moignard.

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Love. It smacks us in the head, simmers when it’s cooking, and smolders when it’s over. The music we associate with love does, too. We asked WRTI hosts to give us their takes on the classical music and jazz that fuels the many emotions of love.

February 11, 2019. Pat Bianchi, by now a bonafide jazz star in his own right, may always be thought of in the same breath as Philadelphia native, and fellow Hammond B-3 master, Joey DeFrancesco. If Bianchi’s latest album, In the Moment, is any indication, this is something he’s leaning into, as opposed to shying away from.

The group Ode to Omni was formed in Philadelphia by drummer (and leader) Marcus Myers with the mission of making music that benefits the listener while trying to push music forward. They joined host J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on February 4th for a live session that you can watch on Facebook.

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February 4, 2019. There are great instrumentalists who are adequate vocalists and terrific singers who can play a few notes, but it’s rare to find an artist who does both—play and sing—with virtuosity. Cuban-born flutist and vocalist, Magela Herrera, is one of these musical unicorns. In her debut album as a leading lady, Explicaciones, Herrera lets her versatile musicianship do all the necessary explanation.

The Sittin’ In series at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has been introducing audiences to cutting-edge artists for 7 years. Anthony Tidd, the curator of the series, joined host J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on January 29th for a session with some of the biggest names Sittin’ In has presented in advance of the Live Birthday Bash Jam on Feb. 6th at the Kimmel Center.

January 28, 2019. Ralph Peterson, Jr. has played protégé to a couple of seriously fine mentors—first his dad, then Art Blakey. With the debut album from Peterson’s GenNext Big Band, titled I Remember Bu, Peterson shows that even when paying homage to an old master, he’s all about paying it forward to mentor the next generation of great jazzers.

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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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January 21, 2019.  Charlie Dennard doesn’t waste much time on his new album, Deep Blue, before paying homage to his adopted home. The longtime New Orleans keyboardist immediately announces a Crescent City connection, opening the album with “St. Charles Strut,” with an unmistakably New Orleanian second-line drum beat.

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January 14, 2019. Clarinetist Paul Cosentino’s Boilermaker Jazz Band has been making swinging renditions of jazz gems for over 25 years. I Love the Rhythm In A Riff pays homage to riffs created by well-known bandleaders, and love songs made famous by beloved vocal stars.

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