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For Jazz Appreciation Month, a wealth of WRTI video sessions

Caracas Trio VOW
(L to R) Gabriel Chakarji on piano and keyboards, Daniel Prim on drums and percussion, and Juan Diego Villalobos on vibraphone and percussion.

During Jazz Appreciation Month 2023, we have a rich lineup of videos coming your way! Keep your eyes open as we spotlight videos from the Caracas Trio, Philadelphia brass band Snacktime, keyboardist Greg Spero, and a duo project we’ve been itching to share featuring guitarist Kevin Eubanks and pianist Orrin Evans.

We’re kicking off the celebration today with a video from the Caracas Trio — Gabriel Chakarji on piano and keyboards, Juan Diego Villalobos on vibraphone and percussion, and Daniel Prim on drums and percussion. These three Venezuelan musicians brought a wonderful energy to our studio. Their percussion-driven performance includes a strong folkloric presence that emits a joyful vibe.

On Monday, April 10, we’ll feature Snacktime performing their song “Sweet Treat.” This ensemble has gained the attention and affection of the Philadelphia community, and continues to provide great music not only in conventional venues but also in city streets and parks, on rooftops — and thankfully, the WRTI Performance Studio.

During the pandemic, we fostered a relationship with Los Angeles-based pianist and producer Greg Spero. On April 17 we’ll debut a new video that has a pleasant melodic feel and meshes well with an accompanying head-bobbing groove.

Finally, on April 24 we’ll celebrate two global emissaries of Philadelphia jazz, Kevin Eubanks and Orrin Evans. Last year they teamed up as the Eubanks-Evans Experience to release an album, EEE. It’s been really difficult to keep this one in the can, waiting for the moment to give it a proper debut. Stay tuned!

J. Michael Harrison’s first radio show, WPEB’s “Is That Jazz” launched in June of 1993. In 1994 he began volunteering with WRTI as a production assistant. In 1996, J. Michael debuted his own program, The Bridge, which continues to air Friday evenings on WRTI.