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

March 23, 2014

7:01 PM
Love For Sale
Artist : Buddy Rich Band
Album : Big Swing Face
Label : Pacific Jazz
7:05 PM
Silver Celebration
Artist : Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Album : Live At The MCG
Label : MCG Jazz
7:15 PM
Topsy Part 2
Artist : Cozy Cole
Album : 45 rpm vinyl single
Label : Love Records
7:18 PM
I Don’t Want Nothin’ From Nobody...
Artist : Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band
Album : Complete Live Recordings At Ronnie Scott's
Label : Rearwood Records
7:22 PM
My Fair Lady
Artist : Frank Derrick Band
Album : The Beat Goes On
Label : Jazzed Media
7:32 PM
Leave Us Leap
Artist : Gene Krupa
Album : Boogie Ballads And Bop
Label : Collectibles/Sony
7:35 PM
Candy Bar
Artist : Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Band
Album : Live At The Alley Cat
Label : Concord
7:42 PM
Skin Deep
Artist : Louis Bellson Band
Album : Note Smoking
Label : Dishwasher Records (vinyl)
7:48 PM
Brush Taps
Artist : Taylor/Fidyk Band
Album : Live At Blues Alley
Label : OA2 Records
7:53 PM
Interloped
Artist : Mel Lewis Orchestra
Album : 20 Years At The Village Vanguard
Label : Atlantic Records

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Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
1:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Woody Herman's 100th on Big Band Jazz!

Woody Herman's centennial birthday is Thursday May 16th. And this Sunday evening at 7 pm, Big Band Jazz will spend an hour with some of "Woody's Goodies."

From "The Band That Played The Blues" to "The Last Swingin' Herd," you'll hear some treasures from Woody's 50 years (1936-1986) as the leader of the band.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
11:14 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Mostly Maynard On Big Band Jazz: May 5 At 7 PM

On the anniversary of his 85th birthday this Sunday, we'll remember bandleader and trumpeter Maynard Ferguson on Big Band Jazz. Stan Kenton added the Canadian born trumpet titan in 1950 to his Innovations in Modern Music band. A few years later, he started his own band. We'll feature recordings from his Birdland Dream Band to Be Bop Nouveau. And of course those famous high-end solos! Sunday, May 5, 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
5:22 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Clark Terry and Bill Evans On Big Band Jazz: Sunday, April 14, 7 PM

Swing and bop trumpeter Clark Terry

On a few occasions in his long life, the famed nonagenarian trumpeter Clark Terry has lead a big band. Listen to some wonderful recordings with Terry as conductor, and a couple of pianist Bill Evans' compositions this Sunday evening on Big Band Jazz, 7 to 8 pm. And in the birthday spotlight, it's Henry Mancini and Shorty Rogers. Join us!

CD Selections
1:32 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Earl Hines: Big Bands And Beyond On A New Box Set

Earl "Fatha" Hines' band featured the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
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Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 3:28 pm

By 1928, Earl Hines was jazz's most revolutionary pianist, for two good reasons. His right hand played lines in bright, clear octaves that could cut through a band. His left hand had a mind of its own. Hines could play fast stride and boogie bass patterns, but then his southpaw would go rogue — it'd seem to step out of the picture altogether, only to slide back just in time.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:08 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Big Band Jazz Bites Into The Big Apple: Easter Sunday at 7 PM

It's a trip up to The Big Apple this Sunday night. From Broadway and Birdland - from Midtown to Uptown. Just hop aboard the "A" Train starting from 7 to 8 pm for a fantastic Big Band Jazz tour.

WRTI Spotlight
9:25 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Quincy Jones at 80: Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig

The man known as Q turned 80 on Thursday. Tune in on Sunday, March 17th at 7 pm to hear a few of his big band recordings from the '50s including his first with Lionel Hampton's band in 1951. Other birthdays this week: Les Brown, Grover Mitchell, and the 94th anniversary of Nat Cole's birth. You'll hear him with the Basie band, plus a few new releases.

WRTI Spotlight
4:38 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Big Band Jazz: Got The Blues, Part One

Join us on the next two Sunday evenings, March 3rd and 10th from 7 to 8 pm, as Big Band Jazz has got the blues! You'll hear Big Band Blues from Count Basie, Gil Evans, Duke Ellington and many others. Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith will be adding their blues licks against big band arrangements.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig, Sunday, March 3rd and 10th, 7 to 8 pm.

Big Band Jazz
9:59 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Big Band Jazz Pianist Tribute Part 2: Feb. 17 at 7pm

Jimmy Heath

This Sunday I'll present part 2 of our tribute to the great jazz pianists. We'll hear well-known classics like "Dat Dere", "Sister Sadie", "Round Midnight" and others played by bands lead by Jimmy Heath, Gil Evans, The City Rhythm Orchestra and more.

Join me for the second of two parts airing this Sunday from 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
12:08 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Big Band Jazz Pianist Tribute Part 1: Feb. 10 at 7 pm

Dave Brubeck

It's a two-part tribute to the great jazz pianists on Big Band Jazz. From Brubeck to Bud to Bill, you'll hear what happens when we put some brass to the keyboard classics.

Join me for the first of two parts airing this Sunday from 7 to 8 pm.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
5:48 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Big Band Jazz: Top 40 Hits Of the '60s!

Some great Top 40 songs from the 1960s will get the Big Band Jazz treatment this Sunday. Stan Kenton adds his touch to the Bobby Hebb's "Sunny." The Basie Band takes on a huge Ray Charles hit. And Maynard Ferguson provides his magic to "MacArthur Park." Also, we'll celebrate Gene Krupa's birthday. Join us on Sunday, January 12 at 7 pm.

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