Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig http://wrti.org en Did the Cabaret Tax Kill Big Bands? http://wrti.org/post/did-cabaret-tax-kill-big-bands <p></p><p>In 1944 big dance bands were&nbsp; all the rage.&nbsp; They were so popular that to gain additional revenue for World War II,&nbsp; a 30 percent "cabaret tax" was enforced on the gross receipts of any "public place where music and dancing privileges...except instrumental or mechanical music alone,&nbsp; are afforded the patrons in connection with the serving or selling of food, refreshment, or merchandise."</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:20:24 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7193 at http://wrti.org Did the Cabaret Tax Kill Big Bands? A (Gerry) Mulligan Stew on WRTI http://wrti.org/post/gerry-mulligan-stew-wrti <p>The Big Band side of the influential baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan will be featured on Big Band Jazz this <strong>Sunday, April 13 at 7 pm</strong>. An arranger with Gene Krupa, Elliot Lawrence, and Stan Kenton in the '40s and '50s, to his own Concert Jazz Band in the '60s, it's an 87th birthday tribute to the one-time Philly resident.</p><p>http://youtu.be/rv_mCPTydIg</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:18:16 +0000 Bob Craig 7168 at http://wrti.org A (Gerry) Mulligan Stew on WRTI Swing Into Spring on Big Band Jazz: March 30, 7 PM http://wrti.org/post/swing-spring-big-band-jazz-march-30-7-pm <p>Spring songs get the Big Band Jazz treatment this Sunday! Listen to Basie and Kenton, as well as the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Marty Paich. Grow an hour of Spring Fever this Sunday evening at 7 pm on WRTI.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9BQjwKaNEM&amp;list=RD_9BQjwKaNEM&amp;feature=share</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:41:00 +0000 Bob Craig 7139 at http://wrti.org Swing Into Spring on Big Band Jazz: March 30, 7 PM Big Band Jazz In A Hefti Bag! Sunday, March 9 at 7 PM http://wrti.org/post/big-band-jazz-hefti-bag-sunday-march-9-7-pm <p>Join WRTI's Bob Craig this Sunday night to hear music composed and arranged by Neil Hefti for a number of band - especially Count Basie and Woody Herman. You'll hear several of his songs such as&nbsp; "Girl Talk," "Lil' Darlin'" and "Cute."</p><p><strong>That's on Big Band Jazz, Sunday, March 9, 7 to 8 pm. Don't miss it!</strong></p><p>http://youtu.be/5_Mtgo9WOL0</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:51:17 +0000 Bob Craig 7060 at http://wrti.org Big Band Jazz In A Hefti Bag! Sunday, March 9 at 7 PM Radio Pro Bob Craig: 50 Years On The Air and Counting! http://wrti.org/post/radio-pro-bob-craig-50-years-air-and-counting <p>WRTI's much-loved jazz host Bob Craig is celebrating a milestone - 50 years on the air! We're so proud of Bob. He's a seasoned pro, and we're extremely fortunate that he's a part of our WRTI family. Here's his story...</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:52:07 +0000 WRTI Staff 7063 at http://wrti.org Radio Pro Bob Craig: 50 Years On The Air and Counting! Piano Classics on Big Band Jazz: Jan. 19 at 7 PM http://wrti.org/post/piano-classics-big-band-jazz-jan-19-7-pm <p>Some of the big-name jazz pianists will have their compositions played Big Band Jazz style this week. You'll hear Duke Ellington plays George Shearing's "Lullaby Of Birdland," Gil Evans plays a Thelonious Monk classic, and more. <strong>Sunday, January 19th, 7 to 8 pm on WRTI.</strong> Join us!</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:44:19 +0000 Bob Craig 6901 at http://wrti.org Piano Classics on Big Band Jazz: Jan. 19 at 7 PM A Jazz Winter Wonderland with Bob Craig: Sunday, Dec. 22 on WRTI http://wrti.org/post/jazz-winter-wonderland-bob-craig-sunday-dec-22-wrti <p>Spend this Sunday afternoon with a sleigh full of holiday favorites by some of the great voices in jazz. You'll hear Ella and Louis, Diana Krall, and new releases from The New York Voices and Karrin Allyson. From Santa and snow to mistletoe - come and&nbsp;enjoy the show. <strong><em>Voices in Jazz</em>, Sunday, December 22, 3 to 6 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the all-jazz web stream at wrti.org.</strong></p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:53:15 +0000 Bob Craig 6827 at http://wrti.org A Jazz Winter Wonderland with Bob Craig: Sunday, Dec. 22 on WRTI Pianist, Composer, and Bandleader Stan Kenton's Birthday Celebration on Big Band Jazz http://wrti.org/post/pianist-composer-and-bandleader-stan-kentons-birthday-celebration-big-band-jazz <p><a href="http://www.allmusic.com/artist/stan-kenton-mn0000743929/biography" target="_blank"><strong>Stan Kenton </strong></a>(December 15, 1911 - August 25, 1979) would have turned 102 on Sunday. And Big Band Jazz pays tribute with an hour of live concert recordings. From the Hollywood Bowl in 1948 to the popular Road Show at Purdue University in 1958 to the European tour in the 197's, it's the Kenton band...live and lively!! <strong>Sunday, December 15, 7 to 8 pm.</strong> Bob Craig is host.</p><p>http://youtu.be/TN9sp6ApX4o</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:26:58 +0000 Bob Craig 6794 at http://wrti.org Pianist, Composer, and Bandleader Stan Kenton's Birthday Celebration on Big Band Jazz Big Band Jazz: Classics Get A Makeover! http://wrti.org/post/big-band-jazz-classics-get-makeover <p>Some of the popular Big Band Classics from the 1940s get a 21st-century makeover on <strong>Big Band Jazz - this Sunday, November 24 at 7 pm.</strong> You'll hear a brilliant reworking of Duke Ellington's "Take The A Train" by the 2013 One O'Clock Lab Band from North Texas State University, Jeff Hamilton and the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble with an update on Woody Herman's theme&nbsp;"Blue Flame," and lots more. Join us!</p><p>http://youtu.be/cb2w2m1JmCY</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:39:31 +0000 Bob Craig 6708 at http://wrti.org Big Band Jazz: Classics Get A Makeover! Songs About The Sidemen on Big Band Jazz, November 10th at 7pm http://wrti.org/post/songs-about-sidemen-big-band-jazz-november-10th-7pm <p>Some famous jazzmen were lucky enough to have songs named in their honor when they were playing with the big bands. Count Basie recorded "Lester Leaps In" when Lester Young was in his 1930's band and Stan Kenton recorded "Zoot" when Zoot Sims was with him.&nbsp; This week we'll also have a couple of recordings featuring the saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess who passed away on October 30th. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:51:58 +0000 Bob Craig 6649 at http://wrti.org Songs About The Sidemen on Big Band Jazz, November 10th at 7pm