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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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.

WRTI Spotlight
9:35 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Big Band Jazz Presents: Movie Title Songs on Sept. 16th at 7 pm

We'll take a "Walk On The Wild Side" of "Green Dolphin Street" and perhaps bump into "Laura," "Emily" and "Alfie." What's it all about?  Movie title songs...our feature presentation. You bring the popcorn and I'll get the horns a-poppin' on Sunday evening from 7 to 8 pm on Big Band Jazz. See you then!

WRTI Spotlight
6:26 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Eleven Pieces Of Silver: A Horace Silver Birthday Tribute on Big Band Jazz, Sept. 2nd at 7 pm

Pianist/composer Horace Silver

It's a Big Band Jazz 84th birthday tribute to Horace Silver. The pianist/composer was able to mix blues, funk, and soul into some of our best-known jazz standards. We'll feature 11 bands cookin' on "Sister Sadie," "Doodlin'," "Nica's Dream," and eight others. Don't miss it! Sunday, September 2nd, 7 to 8 pm.

Here's one of Silver's most popular standards...do you recognize it?

WRTI Spotlight
4:18 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

"Shorter" Songs And Sambas: Big Band Jazz, August 26th, 7 pm

Tune in to hear some of Wayne Shorter's compositions done Big Band style to note his August 25th birthday. We'll also shake out a few sambas from bands including Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis and Bobby Sanabria. Don't miss it! Sunday, August, 26th, 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
7:25 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Basie By The Numbers On Big Band Jazz: August 19 at 7 pm

Celebrate the Count's birthday with "Basie by the Numbers" this Sunday, August 19, 7 to 8 pm. From the "One O'Clock Jump" to "Jive At Five" to the "9:20 Special," there'll be "Sixteen Men Swingin' " all hour long. Can we "count" on you to join the fun?

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