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WRTI Jazz's Year Unwrapped: Count down to the new year with some standout tracks from 2022

Orrin Evans and Kevin Eubanks
Orrin Evans and Kevin Eubanks, who released 'EEE: The Eubanks-Evans-Experience' in 2022.

Much like the past few years, 2022 was a little bit... um, interesting. Lucky for us, the music didn’t stop. Jazz artists, familiar and brand new, created some exceptional work this year, and WRTI will bring you highlights starting on Dec. 26 and running through the New Years Eve edition of The Get Down. Our hosts picked their favorite tunes from some of 2022's best albums. We can’t wait for you to hear them; here's the rundown.

Monday, Dec. 26

6 p.m.

Pete Malinverni, "On the Town" (from Pete Malinverni Plays Leonard Bernstein)

Goldings Bernstein Stewart, "Libra" (from Perpetual Pendulum)

7 p.m.

Giacomo Gates, "Exactly Like You" (from You)

Brad Mehldau, "Maybe As His Skies Are Wide" (from Jacob's Ladder)

8 p.m.

Al Foster, "Pent Up House" (from Reflections)

Danilo Pérez, "Rise From Love" (from Crisálida)

9 p.m.

Connie Han, "Wind Rose Goddess" (from Secrets of Inanna)

Blue Moods, "Better Get It In Your Soul" (from Myth & Wisdom)

10 p.m.

Javon Jackson, "Wade In the Water" (from The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni)

Cameron Graves, "Seven" (from Live from the Seven Spheres)

11 p.m.

Melissa Aldana, "Emilia" (from 12 Stars)

Somi, "Love Tastes Like Strawberries" (from Zenzile: The Reimagination Of Miriam Makeba)

Tuesday, Dec. 27

6 p.m.

Tigran Hamasyan, "Big Foot" (from StandArt)

John Scofield "It Could Happen To You" (from John Scofield)

7 p.m.

Steve Slagle, "Blue in Green" (from Ballads: Into The Heart of It)

Lynne Arriale "March On" (from The Lights Are Always On)

8 p.m.

Catherine Russell, "East of The Sun" (from Send For Me)

Dave Brubeck Trio, "Take The 'A' Train" (from Live From Vienna 1967)

9 p.m.

Tierney Sutton, "Ilm (feat. Serge Merlaud) (from Paris Sessions 2)

Roxy Coss Quintet, "Mabes" (from Disparate Parts)

10 p.m.

Dezron Douglas, "Atalaya" (from ATALAYARead our review)

Doug Webb, "New Beginning" (from The Message)

11 p.m.

Bill O’Connell, "Sweet Peanut" (from A Change Is Gonna Come)

Sheila Jordan, "What Is This Thing Called Love" (from Live at Mezzrow)

Wednesday, Dec. 28

6 p.m.

Samara Joy, "Nostalgia" (from Linger Awhile)

Steve Davis, "Faraway Dream" (from Bluesthetic)

7 p.m.

Azar Lawrence, "All in Love" (from New Sky)

Geoffrey Keezer, "Her Look, Her Touch" (from Playdate)

8 p.m.

Mark Guiliana, "Song For Listening" (from Music For Doing)

Martin Bejerano, "You've Changed" (from #CubanAmerican)

9 p.m.

Immanuel Wilkins, "Don't Break" (from The 7th Hand)

Jon Cowherd Trio, "Little Scorpio" (from Pride and Joy)

10 p.m.

Melissa Errico, "Angel Eyes" (from Out of the Dark: The Film Noir Project)

Mary Halvorson, "Night Shift" (from Amaryllis)

11 p.m.

Ethan Iverson, "The Eternal Verities" (from Every Note Is True)

Julian Lage, "Castle Park" (from View with a Room)

Thursday, Dec. 29

6 p.m.

Grant Stewart, "Little Spain" (from The Lighting Of The Lamps)

Steve Turre, "Blue Smoke" (from Generations)

7 p.m.

Orrin Evans and Kevin Eubanks, "Novice Bounce" (from (EEE) The Eubanks-Evans-Experience)

Keith Jarrett, "Part 8" (from Bordeaux Concert)

8 p.m.

Miguel Zenón, "Tainos y Caribes" (from Música de Las Americas)

Jeff Denson, Romain Pilon and Brian Blade "Dancing Herbie D" (from Finding Light)

9 p.m.

Patricia Brennan, "El Nahualli" (from More Touch — Read our review)

Alex Acuña, "In Town" (from Gifts)

10 p.m.

Florian Hoefner Trio, "Shelter" (from Desert Bloom)

Bobby Watson, "Red Bank Heist" (from Back Home In Kansas City)

11 p.m.

Diego Rivera, "Rasquache" (from Postizo)

Emmet Cohen, "Li'l Darlin'" (from Uptown in Orbit)

Friday, Dec. 30

6 p.m.

Ronnie Foster, "Reboot" (from Reboot)

Marquis Hill, "The Thump" (from New Gospel Revisited)

7 p.m.

Miles Davis, "Hopscotch (Slow)" (from That's What Happened 1982-1985: The Bootleg Series Vol. 7)

Brian Jackson, "Path to Macondo / Those Kind of Blues" (from This Is Brian Jackson)

8 p.m.

Terri Lyne Carrington, "Circling" (from New Standards Vol. 1)

Charles Stepney, "Imagination" (from Step On Step)

9 p.m.

Makaya McCraven, "Dream Another" (from In These TimesRead our review)

Julius Rodriguez, "Where Grace Abounds" (from Let Sound Tell All)

Saturday, Dec. 31

6 p.m.

Yellowjackets, "Parallel Motion" (from Parallel Motion)

Cyrus Chestnut, "Yesterday" (from My Father's Hands)

7 p.m.

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, "Fried Soul" (from Cold As Weiss)

JD Allen, "Irene" (from Americana vol. 2)

8 p.m.

Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, "Disco Ears" (from Longgone)

Soul Message Band, "Old Devil Moon" (from Hinda Hoffman Meets Soul Message)

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.