Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig

Sunday, 7 to 8 pm

Bob Craig will take you on a musical journey through the evolution of Big Band Jazz, which started off with the heavy hitters including Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Stan Kenton. They opened the door for Claude Thornhill, Quincy Jones, Thad Jones, and Mel Lewis, who took Big Band Jazz to exciting new places. Bob will also throw in the soloists who became great bandleaders (Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie), and the more contemporary big bands--such as the Resonance Big Band, Mike Barone's Big Band, and the MHCC Jazz Band--who have done so much for jazz in the past few years.

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A Photo Album Featuring WRTI Jazz Host Bob Craig
3:52 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Radio Pro Bob Craig: 50 Years On The Air and Counting!

Bob's first program director gig at WICH, in Norwich, CT, 1968

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...

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Big Band Jazz
12:44 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Piano Classics on Big Band Jazz: Jan. 19 at 7 PM

Duke Ellington

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. Sunday, January 19th, 7 to 8 pm on WRTI. Join us!

voices in jazz
6:53 am
Sun December 22, 2013

A Jazz Winter Wonderland with Bob Craig: Sunday, Dec. 22 on WRTI

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 enjoy the show. Voices in Jazz, Sunday, December 22, 3 to 6 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the all-jazz web stream at wrti.org.

Big Band Jazz
3:26 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Pianist, Composer, and Bandleader Stan Kenton's Birthday Celebration on Big Band Jazz

Stan Kenton (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!! Sunday, December 15, 7 to 8 pm. Bob Craig is host.

WRTI Spotlight
12:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Big Band Jazz: Classics Get A Makeover!

Duke Ellington (1899 - 1974)

Some of the popular Big Band Classics from the 1940s get a 21st-century makeover on Big Band Jazz - this Sunday, November 24 at 7 pm. 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 "Blue Flame," and lots more. Join us!

WRTI Spotlight
2:51 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Songs About The Sidemen on Big Band Jazz, November 10th at 7pm

Frank Wess, Saxophonist and Flutist

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.  This week we'll also have a couple of recordings featuring the saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess who passed away on October 30th.

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Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
3:07 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Dizzy And The Trumpet Kings!

Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

We're celebrating Dizzy Gillespie's birthday this Sunday evening, October 20 at 7 pm on Big Band Jazz. Tune in for Diz and several other big band jazz recordings with music popularized by trumpet kings like Roy Eldridge, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and more. Sunday evening at 7 pm. Join us!

WRTI Spotlight
9:30 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Live Recordings On Big Band Jazz: Sunday at 7 PM

Big Band Jazz is featuring an hour of live recordings this Sunday evening at 7 pm. From England to New England...Vegas to The Village Vanguard, you'll hear lots of great performances from Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and more. Join us!

WRTI Spotlight
12:54 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

2013 Labor Day Weekend Jazz Countdown

Don't miss this year's top 100 jazz countdown! It's the jazz songs that you voted for over the holiday weekend. Listen starting on Friday, August 30 at 6 pm, Sunday, September 1 from 8 to midnight, and Monday, September 2 starting at 6 pm and ending when the #1 song is played.  You'll find the list below as the countdown begins!

WRTI Spotlight
7:08 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

It's A Basie Birthday Bash On Big Band Jazz! August 18, 7 Pm

On this year's Basie Birthday Bash we'll feature the arrangements and compositions of Neil Hefti. His association with Basie began in 1950. In 1952, when the Count reorganized his band, Neil contributed to it. Then, in 1957, The Atomic Basie was recorded. Neil arranged and composed the whole album, which included the popular "Li'l Darlin'." Two more albums for the Basie Band followed, plus Sinatra-Basie in 1962.

Don't miss this third annual b-day party on WRTI. Sunday, August 18, 7 to 8 pm.

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