Bob Craig

Jazz Host

Bob joined WRTI's on-air staff in 2005. His well-rounded radio career began in 1963 as a studio engineer at WBZ in Boston. Throughout the '70s, he was an announcer and programmer at Hartford's WDRC and Boston's WHDH.

He made radio headlines in 1976 when he helped format one of the first soft rock stations in the U.S., at WWYZ in Hartford. A huge success, he was then recruited to Philly to revamp WMGK into an adult contemporary format, which also turned out to be a winning decision. Additionally, Bob introduced the market to "Smooth Jazz," hosting a popular Sunday morning show on WMGK. In the '90s, Bob put his headphones back on to host the popular Solid Hour of Sinatra on Philadelphia's WPEN and also served as music director for the adult standards station.

Bob has recorded numerous audio books for the nationally renowned Hachette Publishing Group in New York, and also teaches at Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Cherry Hill, NJ. At WRTI, he's delighted to present, in his well-informed and engaging way, one of his true loves: jazz.

Bob can be heard on Sundays from 7 to 8 pm as host of Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig, on WRTI HD-2 on Sundays from 3 to 6 pm as host of Voices in Jazz, and as a substitute host.

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Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
5:56 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

A Two-For-One Special on Big Band Jazz: Dec. 9th at 7 pm

Count Basie and Duke Ellington in 1961

This Sunday evening we'll prove that good things come in pairs - like two leaders putting together one great band. Like Thad Jones and Mel Lewis...like Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

It's a 2-for-1 special on December 9th, 7 to 8 pm. Join us!

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
7:49 am
Sat December 1, 2012

The Basie Alumni on Big Band Jazz, December 2nd at 7pm

Count Basie in Rhythm and Blues Revue

The Basie Band produced a number of sidemen and arrangers who later went on to lead their own big bands. This week you'll hear  some of these well-known musicians; first with Basie and then on their own.  Featured artists include Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Quincy Jones, Ernie Wilkins and others. Sunday, December 2nd, 7 to 8 pm.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
1:13 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Birthday Boys Billy Strayhorn And Johnny Mandell

Arranger, composer, and pianst Billy Strayhorn

Composer Johnny Mandel shares birthday honors with Billy Strayhorn this week. We'll hear a sampling of their songs this Sunday, November 25th at 7 pm. Billy is best known for his sophisticated works, mostly with Duke Ellington (Take the "A" Train, Lush Life, etc.) and Johnny for his movie scores (I Want To Live and Americanization Of Emily). Join us for exciting Big Band interpretations!

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
6:17 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

A Big Band Jazz Classics "Makeover"

Join us this Sunday when some of your favorite Big Band Classics get a "makeover" by some of the present-day bands. The Diva Jazz Orchestra gets to re-do "String Of Pearls," and Ron Carter's Big Band provides a whole new arrangement of Tommy Dorsey's "Opus One." Sunday, November 18th, 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
8:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Woody Herman In The Spotlight: Big Band Jazz, Nov. 11th at 7 pm

Woody Herman was born in 1913 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and passed away in 1987. To help celebrate the 100th year since his birth, Graham Carter of Jazzed Media has just produced a DVD documentary on the career of the great jazz bandleader, clarinetist, and sax player. Graham will be my guest, giving insight into the documentary. You'll also hear many landmark recordings from "The Band That Plays The Blues."  Sunday, November 11, 7 to 8 pm. Join us!

WRTI Spotlight
9:40 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Big Band Jazz Hits 100!

This Sunday marks the 100th program of Big Band Jazz. Tune in to hear a few songs that Zoot Sims recorded with big bands, notably with Woody Herman and Stan Kenton in honor of what would have been  Zoot's 87th birthday. Also ,Clifford Browne will be remembered - he would have turned 82 on Oct. 30th. You'll hear a rare solo by him with Gigi Gryce in a big band recorded in Paris in 1953. Be sure to join us on Sunday, October 28th, 7 to 8 pm!

WRTI Spotlight
2:02 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

A Celebration Of Dizzy Gillespie: Big Band Jazz, Oct. 21st, 7 pm

Dizzy Gillespie

This Sunday marks the 95th anniversary of the birth of John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. We'll take care of some "Diz Biz" from bebop and beyond...you'll hear some of Dizzy's bands and others paying tribute to this jazz giant who passed away in 1993 at 75 years young. Sunday, October 21, 7 to 8 pm.

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Featuring Temple University Jazz Band!
12:43 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Big Band Jazz Goes To College: Sunday, Oct. 14th at 7 pm

It's an hour with some great college jazz bands, including our very own Temple University Jazz Band under the direction of Terrell Stafford. Also, bands from North Texas State, DePaul University, plus a 1959 Berklee College of Music band featuring Gary Burton. It's this Sunday, October 14th, 7 to 8 pm. Join us!

Here's the Temple University Jazz Band appearing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center:

WRTI Spotlight
8:35 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Jazz Vocalist & Pianist Dena DeRose: Oct. 14, 5 pm on Voices in Jazz

Dena DeRose

A special treat this week on Voices in Jazz! The amazingly talented pianist/singer Dena DeRose shares her story about how carpal tunnel syndrome nearly sidelined her piano career, and led to a focus on singing. Today, happily, she's proficient at both and traveling the world as a much in-demand artist. You'll also hear selections from her first solo release -  Travelin' Light, featuring standards from the Great American Songbook recorded live in Antwerp.

Special Offers
8:44 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Kenny Barron Trio Ticket Giveaway!

Pianist Kenny Barron

Tune in between 9 pm and midnight this week as host Bob Craig gives away tickets to see legendary pianist Kenny Barron and his trio at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 20th. A nine-time Grammy nominee, Barron will be playing with bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Jonathan Blake - of Hot 11 Countdown fame. The evening includes a pre-show artists chat.

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