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Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI: We're Celebrating The Year That Changed Jazz, 1959, and More!

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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. During one trip around the sun, artists including Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane changed the face and sound of jazz. Their innovations can still be detected in today's modern music. In addition to our Jazz Album of the Week feature, be on the lookout for the Classic Jazz Album of the Week, highlighting some of the 1959 innovators. We'll also feature their music during each jazz program.

There are major events happening on our digital platforms, as well. Each week we'll announce new content featuring local artists we've been working with, and ways to see what's new. Check them out below!

Camden native Arnetta Johnson is WRTI's pick for NPR Slingshot Artist to Watch for 2019.

Vocalist Lili Anel's tribute to the late Jef Lee Johnson has been added to VuHaus!

Videos from vocalist Laurin Talese's New Year's Eve performance debut on WRTI's VuHaus channel.

The City of Philadelphia, which holds a large piece of jazz history for the nation, has their own celebration as well, and we are a part of it. Check out Philly Celebrates Jazz.

The Smithsonian Institute launched Jazz Appreciation Month in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz.

Maureen began her radio career at WRTI in 1999 while studying broadcasting at Temple University. Determined to make it in the entertainment industry, she took advantage of all the creative opportunities presented to her at WRTI - she hosted the overnight jazz broadcasts through her entire college career, she was an arts and culture reporter, and she soaked up the jazz biz from her many WRTI mentors.