Live from WRTI 90.1

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Singer, songwriter and bandleader Michelle Lordi has received international accolaides for numerous recording projects. On her new album, Break Up With the Sound, the Philadelphia-based performer departs from typical standards and flaunts an all-star band.

Hollis King

Celebrated Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuna’s acclaimed new release Turning Pages serves as her reintroduction to the music world after a decade-long hiatus. Known for thriving at the cusp of jazz and Latin American music, Claudia will bring her band, and unique style, to visit host J. Michael Harrison on Friday, November 22nd at 4 PM in the WRTI Performance Studio. This will be an intimate performance ahead of her appearance at South Jazz Parlor later that evening.

Georgia Nerheim

The Wall Street Journal describes trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg as "one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."  Bria and her band visit with J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio for a live video presentation on Friday, November 15th at 4 PM.

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The celebrated dynamic duo of Cuban-born pianist Axel Tosca and his vocalist mother, Xiomara Laugart, known as the "Voice of Cuba," visit with J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on Friday, October 18th at 4 PM in advance of their highly anticipated return to @Exuberance.

Philadelphia Jazz Project

Brooklyn-Born composer and alto-saxophonist Bobby Zankel joins J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio on Tuesday, September 10th at 4 PM for a special duet performance featuring critically acclaimed drummer Chad Taylor.

Ernest Stuart

Ernest Stuart has performed with an impressive list of artist including The Roots, Orrin Evans, Billy Paul, Aretha Franklin, Terell Stafford, Seal and John Legend.  Ernest and his band join J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on Tuesday, August 13th at 2 pm, prior to performing at the Kimmel Center's free monthly series, Sittin' In, the following evening.

J.M. Giordano

Pianist Lafayette Gilchrist's music can be heard on several HBO series, including The Wire, Treme and The Deuce.  He's the 2018 winner of Baltimore's renowned Baker Artist Award for music and longtime pianist for saxophonist David Murray.

Dayramir Gonzalez

Cuban-born pianist Dayramir Gonzalez and his trio brought the house down during a performance in Philadelphia last July featuring music from his 2018 release, The Grand ConcourseThe winner of three Cubadisco awards joins J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on Friday, June 14th at 4 PM in advance of his highly anticipated return to @exuberance that evening.

When Craig Knox premiered Jennifer Higdon's Tuba Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony last March, his performance was acclaimed as one that "hit it outta Heinz Hall." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Along with pianist Thomas Weaver and conductor Mark Russell Smith, Knox visited WRTI to perform selections from that concerto and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis on January 24th at 12:10 PM.

Beatriz Ota

Saxophonist and composer Daniel Bennett first showed interest in his instrument when his sister brought him to see a high school jazz ensemble when he was nine years old. Now he's an active performer on the New York jazz scene; his ensemble the Daniel Bennett Group was recently voted “Best New Jazz Group” at the New York Hot House Awards.

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