WRTI is your home for all things jazz, and you’ve spent a lot of time with us over the last year. You’ve told us the music is soothing, uplifting, and your connection to the outside world. At a time when everything has screeched to a halt, jazz has persisted, and WRTI continues to bring it to you. While you’ve listened from home, and artists have worked from home, things have been done differently, but still sound fabulous.
During this Jazz Appreciation Month, WRTI is shining the spotlight on the pivots that have occurred in order to keep this art form alive through one of the most challenging years for entertainment. How we have interfaced with music has became different, and how artists have presented their work to us has also changed. Yes, it has been more remote, but it has also, in many cases, been more intimate.
And the NPR Live Sessions Videos of the Week that we, at WRTI, have curated for April reflect that heightened intimacy. Beginning on April 12th, we will officially commence our partnership with genre-bending pianist, musical omnivore, and do-everything producer Greg Spero and Tiny Records, the label he founded in 2020 to feature breakout artists and ensembles like electric bassist MonoNeon, drummer Terreon “Tank” Gully, and the Spero-led Spirit Fingers. Each month, beginning in April and extending for the foreseeable future, WRTI will feature a new video from Tiny Room Sessions, the Spero-produced series of video singles highlighting these emerging artists, as our