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

April 28, 2013

7:00 PM
Take The "A" Train
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Piano In The Background
Label : Columbia
7:09 PM
Sophisticated Lady
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Reminiscing In Tempo
Label : Columbia/Legacy
7:12 PM
Sophisticated Lady
Artist : Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Album : Can I Persuade You ?
Label : Planet Arts
7:21 PM
Segue In C
Artist : Duke Ellington & Count Basie
Album : Duke Ellington Meets Count Basie
Label : Columbia
7:33 PM
It Don’t Mean A Thing If It AIn’t Got That Swing
Artist : Maynard Ferguson & Be Bop Nouveau
Album : One More Trip To Birdland
Label : Concord
7:41 PM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Gene Harris Superband
Album : World Tour 1990
Label : Concord
7:44 PM
Cotton Tail
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Reminiscing In Tempo
Label : Columbia/Legacy
7:54 PM
Caravan
Artist : Woody Herman Thundering Herd
Album : Monterey Jazz Festival 1979
Label : Concord

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Big Band Jazz
4:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

A Kenton Birthday Bash: Dec. 16th at 7 pm

We'll remember Stan Kenton's 101st birthday this Sunday with a focus on some of the great soloists with the band.  Art Pepper, Bob Cooper, Vido Musso, and Maynard Ferguson were major players. You'll hear them and others on Big Band Jazz this Sunday evening, 7 to 8 pm.

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
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:

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
9:07 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Big Names With Big Bands: Monk, Shearing, Rollins on Oct. 7th at 7 pm

Tenor sax player Sonny Rollins

You generally don't think of Thelonious Monk, George Shearing or Sonny Rollins when it comes to Big Band Jazz. However, this Sunday you'll get to hear some of these Jazz Giants doing their thing with full orchestrations. Sunday, October 7th, 7 to 8 pm with host Bob Craig.

WRTI Spotlight
5:20 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

B-Day Memories of John Coltrane, Frank Foster, & Ray Charles: Big Band Jazz on Sept. 23rd at 7 pm

John Coltrane

Three major names in Jazz get to share most of the Big Band Jazz hour this week. There's a rare Coltrane performance with Art Blakey, Ray with Quincy Jones, and Frank with his own band as well as with Basie. Tune in this Sunday, 7 to 8 pm.

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