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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Playlist

January 06, 2013

7:01 PM
Shade Of The Cedar Tree
Artist : Christian McBride Big Band
Album : The Good Feeling
Label : Mack Avenue Records
7:09 PM
A Night In Tunisia
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie w./ Milt Jackson
Album : Be-Bop Revolution
Label : Bluebird
7:13 PM
Boogity Boogity
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Plenty Plenty Soul
Label : Atlantic
7:18 PM
Old Devil Moon
Artist : Milt Jackson Big Band
Album : Big Bags
Label : Riverside
7:21 PM
Every Tub
Artist : Count Basie & Milt Jackson
Album : Count Basie + Milt Jackson+ Big Band
Label : Pablo
7:23 PM
The Nearness Of You
Artist : Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra w./ Milt Jackson
Album : Explosive
Label : Quest/Warner
7:30 PM
Fantail
Artist : Count Basie w./ Frank Wess
Album : Atomic Basie
Label : Roulette
7:32 PM
Rink Rat
Artist : Frank Wess Big Band
Album : Entre Nous
Label : Concord
7:40 PM
Manteca
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie w./ Chano Pozo
Album : Be-Bop Revolution
Label : Bluebird
7:44 PM
52nd Street Theme
Artist : Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys
Album : Be-Bop Revolution
Label : Bluebird
7:46 PM
Milkshake
Artist : Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band
Album : Sax No End (Vinyl)
Label : Pausa
7:52 PM
Forgotten Thoughts
Artist : Kris Berg & His Metroplexity Big Band
Album : This Time/Last Year
Label :

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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.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
4:49 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Big Band Jazz: Takin' To The Streets

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

Big Band Jazz hits the big music streets this Sunday evening, August 4th at 7 pm. From "Green Dolphin" to "Basin Street" to "Broadway" there's a lot of ground to cover...including  a couple of appearances from Louis Armstrong on the 112th anniversary of his birth.

WRTI Spotlight
3:15 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Down By The Riverside: Big Band Jazz On July 7th At 7 PM

Gil Evans

We'll be "Wading In The Water" with big band favorites from "Down By The Riverside" this week. As you wind down the long July 4th holiday weekend, bands like Oliver Nelson, Gil Evans, and Count Basie will be splashing about when we set sail at 7 pm this Sunday, July 7th on Big Band Jazz.

Big Band Jazz With Bob Craig
10:03 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Summer Things on Big Band Jazz, Sunday June 23

Christian McBride

With the help of Duke Ellington, Gerald Wilson, Christian McBride, and others, it's nothing but the sounds of summer on Big Band Jazz, Sunday June 23rd at 7 pm. Bob Craig dials up songs about the birds, songs about the bees, and maybe even songs about the flowers and the trees!

Happy Summer from Bob Craig and all of us at WRTI on Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig, every Sunday night at 7 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
9:37 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Big Band Jazz and The Jones Boys, Sunday Night

Hank Jones

This Sunday evening at 7 pm, Big Band Jazz presents The Jones Boys. That's Jones as in Quincy, Thad, Hank, and Elvin.

All-everything composer, arranger, and winner of just about every award Quincy Jones led bands in the '50s and '60s. Although some know him mainly as a record producer of stars new and not so new, it's always good to hear a taste of his jazz band chops.

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Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
11:39 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Miles Davis: Big Band Jazz Style On May 26 At 7 PM

Sunday is the 87th anniversary of the birth of Miles Davis. Big Band Jazz has an hour tribute planned featuring songs associated with Miles. Harry James, the GRP All-Star Big Band, and others will take you from Bebop to beyond. Sunday, May 26th, 7 to 8 pm.

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