It’s musical fireworks for the 4th of July weekend on WRTI

We’re celebrating our nation’s 246th birthday on WRTI! Join us on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for a fun and festive Independence Day weekend.

On the jazz side, tune in for a weekend drive across the United States, brought to you by your favorite jazz artists. Nat “King” Cole will take us on “Route 66”, Sarah Vaughan will join us in “Key Largo” and JJ Johnson will help us navigate “El Camino Real”.

Tune in during regular jazz hours over the holiday weekend for some fun. Ms. Blue kicks off on Friday, June 30 at 6 p.m., Bobbi Booker adopts a theme-dominant approach to Jazz Jukebox Saturday, July 1 at 6 p.m., and BP will continue during its Sunday jazz brunch July 3 from 9 a.m..

On July 4, we have a special jazz program! At 6 p.m. it is Liberty Jazzoffering a one-hour, jazzy tribute to the spirit of freedom and America, featuring music from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean, Ray Charles and more.

At 7 p.m., it’s An All-American Road Trip: A 4th of July Special, with an exploration of jazz and pop standards from different states, including “Moonlight In Vermont”, “Georgia On My Mind”, and more.

At 9 pm, It’s Our World… Sometimes. This program addresses the particular concerns of extraordinary women who have juggled family demands and fought gender discrimination while resolutely mastering their craft. Interviews with Abbey Lincoln, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Carol Sloan, Nneena Freelon and others.

Ms. Blue will continue her road trip from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Classic side, we celebrate Independence Day with a parade of music by a wide range of American composers and performers.

To get you into the holiday spirit, we’re streaming two Independence Day specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday July 2. At 4 p.m., KCME’s Michael Campion hosts American landscapes, a program that celebrates the unique American musical styles perfected in the 20th century by William Grant Still, Lukas Foss, Henry Cowell and Morton Gould.

17 hours, Edmund Stone’s KQAC hosts The score, celebrating America’s birthday with favorite film scores from American composers, including John Williams, George M. Cohan, Elmer Bernstein and David Arnold.

Throughout Monday, July 4, John Scherch, Michael Bolton and Josh Jackson will share patriotic anthems by John Philip Sousa, Charles Ives and Aaron Copland; beloved masterpieces by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Edward MacDowell and Antonin Dvorak; and heartfelt evocations of the American experience by Florence Price, Amy Beach, William Grant Still, Jennifer Higdon and Samuel Barber. George Frideric Handel and Claude Debussy even join the party with their own musical fireworks!

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend from all your friends at WRTI.