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Appreciating The Jazz In Our Own Backyard!

MINAS, Orlando Haddad and Patricia King

Our Jazz Appreciation Month celebration continues during the week of April 20th by shining the spotlight on artists right here in our region. Our jazz hosts present their favorite recordings from a local jazz artist each night at 7 pm, 9:30 pm 12:30 am, and 5:30 am.

Bob Craig, Zivit, Bob Perkins, Jeff Duperon, Maureen Malloy and J. Michael Harrison have some great tunes cued up for you! Here are some of their favorites:

1. Jeff Duperon: Orrin Evans - Don't Fall Off the L.E.J - Captain Black


2. Bob Perkins: Bootsie Barnes - Chelsea Bridge - You Leave Me Breathless

BP describes his buddy Bootsie's version of this Strayhorn classic.


3. Bob Craig: MINAS - Sinal Verde - Symphony In Bossa

Bob discusses a new release from longtime local favorites, Minas.

4.  J. Michael Harrison: The Quite Sane Project - The Child of Troubled Times - The Child of Troubled Times

J Michael on this project, which was originated by Anthony Tidd, one of the top music makers in our area.

5. Maureen Malloy: Sid Simmons, Byron Landham, Mike Boone - Keep the Faith - Keep the Faith

Maureen on a later recording from a late/great Philly hero.

 6.  Zivit: Orrin Evans - Faith In Action - Faith In Action

Zivit digs into how Evans made this Bobby Watson composition his own.

Philadelphia's own McCoy Tyner came to visit WRTI before the City of Philadelphia honored him at a kickoff event for Jazz Appreciation Month. He was able to sit down with Maureen Malloy, and is thrilled to celebrate the great American art form with us. Tune in during regular jazz hours to hear some stories, jokes and words of wisdom from one of the last few jazz giants. Of course, we'll spin some of his music too. Below is just a handful of what Mr. Tyner had to say.

McCoy Tyner discusses how his mother gave him his first big break.
McCoy Tyner has led quite a few different types of groups. Here's how he chose his sidemen.
A quick note on something Tyner is famous for.