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WRTI Spotlight
In these extraordinary times, music and music makers have something to say about Black Music and the Black Experience. Check out these meaningful, inspiring conversations with a wide variety of guests about the power of music to transcend our differences and bring us closer together. Also included are stories that deepen our knowledge of Black Music from recent days and the past.

Listen to Highlights from Acknowledgement: How Music Responds on WRTI 90.1

On Tuesday, June 2nd at 6 PM, WRTI presented a special live program addressing Black Music as a form of social engagement.

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Josh Jackson, Orrin Evans, Joe Patti, and Bob Perkins in the control room of WRTI.

Josh Jackson, WRTI’s associate general manager for programming and content, was host and moderator with legendary Philadelphia/WRTI broadcaster Bob Perkins and pianist Orrin Evans.

Special guests included: Christian McBride, Ralph Peterson, Nicholas Payton, Lenora Helm Hammonds, NEA Jazz Master Reggie Workman, NEA Jazz Master Dorthaan Kirk, Hannibal Lokumbe, and more.

Highlights from the program:

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Bassist composer and arranger Christian McBride speaks with pianist Orrin Evans about empathy and "walking a mile in another person's shoes."

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2020 NEA Jazz Master Reggie Workman solidifies that the music needs to get to the ears of the people.  That's only ever been the mission, by any means necessary.

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WRTI's Bob Perkins thanks and acknowledges the North Philadelphia Black community.

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NEA Jazz Master Dorthaan Kirk shares her personal ties to George Floyd and how music responds.  She also mentions her experiences in the Jazz industry, her reputation as “Mom” and the future of Jazz.

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Multi-Instrumentalist Nicholas Payton explains why "Jazz" should be called something else.  Nick and Orrin Evans have important conversations about social justice and change.

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“As long as I’m looking at what my brother needs to do, or what my sister isn’t doing.  I’m not taking care of what I need to do myself.” - Drummer Ralph Peterson
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Jazz vocalist Lenora Helm Hammonds chats on how music responds with pianist Orrin Evans and WRTI Associate General Manager Josh Jackson.

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Jazz trumpeter and composer Hannibal Lokumbe shares powerful thoughts and words on how music responds.  He chats with pianist Orrin Evans and WRTI Associate General Manager Josh Jackson.