J. Michael Harrison

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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Hailed by All About Jazz as “The Face (and shape) of Jazz to Come," Connie Han is a Los Angeles-based, 23-year-old rising star in the jazz world. She joins Jazz Host J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on March 15th at 4 PM ahead of her trio performance on March 16th at the piano jazz salon @exuberance in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

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The delightful ladies of DivaNation Philly have been singing together for over five years throughout the Philadelphia region. Several members of the collective recently joined Jazz Host J. Michael Harrison live in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio to present a preview of "Vibing for Spring"—their upcoming March 9th performance at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts.

Join us on December 31st and January 1st for a fabulous lineup of classical music and jazz celebrations—must-hear LIVE broadcasts from Philadelphia to Vienna! Happy New Year from all of us at WRTI 90.1.

We have something extraordinary planned for your New Year's Eve! WRTI's J. Michael Harrison will be your host from 9:30 PM to 1:00 AM with a swingin' and singin' concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 LIVE from the intimate jazz space SOUTH Jazz Club and Kitchen in Philadelphia.

Big News! WRTI is excited to join VuHaus (pronounced VIEW House), public media’s music discovery video platform—a growing network of public radio music stations and public TV stations that share a common mission to support emerging, established, and local artists.

Community Education Center (CEC)

Drummer Webb Thomas’ Philadelphia roots extend deep and have helped establish him as one of the most prominent drummers in the area. Webb and his project, Webb T’s Fleet The Superband, will join host J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on Thursday, December 13th at 9:10 PM for a live concert. You can join them on Facebook or live on-the-air.

There will be plenty of musical holiday cheer at the kick-off event for "A Very Philly Christmas," at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park. WRTI hosts, including Gregg Whiteside, Debra Lew Harder, and J. Michael Harrison, will greet you personally on Saturday, December 1st for "Sounds of the Season."

Hailing from South Africa, pianist Paul Hanmer and saxophonist McCoy Mrubata have performed, recorded and composed together for 30 years. Both alums of Hugh Masekela’s band, each artist has been influenced by both South African music and American jazz, which you can see in this live performance from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio hosted by J. Michael Harrison on WRTI's Facebook page.

Philadelphia Jazz Project

Philadelphia’s own Pheralyn “Lady” Dove is at home both on the stage and behind the lens. The poet, spoken work artist and visual artist has performed with greats like Byard Lancaster and Khan Jamal. 

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