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

May 05, 2013

7:01 PM
Hook Or Crook
Artist : Steve Williams & Jazz Nation
Album : Steve Williams & Jazz Nation
Label : OA2 Records
7:10 PM
Maynard Ferguson
Artist : Stan Kenton Featuring Maynard Ferguson
Album : Stan Kenton Presents
Label : Capitol
7:15 PM
Blue Birdland
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : Birdland Dreamband Vol. 2
Label : Vik
7:19 PM
Frame For The Blues
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : A Message From Newport
Label : Roulette
7:28 PM
Four
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : Maynard '62
Label : Roulette
7:31 PM
Groove
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : Come Blow Your Horn
Label : Cameo-Parkway (vinyl)
7:35 PM
Round Midnight
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : Maynard Ferguson's Horn Vol. III
Label : Columbia
7:40 PM
Waltz For Nicole
Artist : Maynard Ferguson & Be Bop Nouveau
Album : Brass Attitude
Label : Concord
7:48 PM
Tender Moments
Artist : Michael Treni Big Band
Album : Turnaround
Label : Bell Productions
7:56 PM
Night Watch
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Easy Go
Label : Capitol

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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?

WRTI Spotlight
12:24 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Trombone Treats On Big Band Jazz: August 12 at 7 pm

This week we'll slide into the trombone section on Big Band Jazz. You'll  hear from Tommy Dorsey, the man whose band set new ideas in motion for the instrument, a beauty from Stan Kenton using just trombones and piano, and a few new big bands with trombone high notes. That's this Sunday, August 8th, 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
7:30 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Big Band Jazz: Viva Kenton! and Cuban Fire on July 29th

Stan Kenton's Cuban Fire!

It's the Latin side of Stan Kenton's band this Sunday, June 29th, 7 to 8 pm on Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig.

Starting in the mid 1940s with "Tampico" and "Peanut Vendor" and with albums like Cuban Fire and Viva Kenton, this sound became a favorite with his fans.  Also featured: a few alumni from the band that went on to form their own groups - guys like Pete Rugolo, Maynard Ferguson, and Bill Holman.

WRTI Spotlight
12:40 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Big Band Jazz: The Sax Section on July 22 at 7 pm

This Sunday on Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig it's great sax players with standout solos.

You'll hear Zoot Sims with Stan Kenton's Band, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis with Count Basie, and players from a few of the newer bands. Don't miss it!

WRTI Spotlight
4:01 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Big Band Jazz Goes Around The World...In Song: July 15 at 7 pm

Arturo Sandoval

Travel to some of the world's most "musical" places with your host Bob Craig. Big Band Jazz spends "A Night In Tunisia" with Arturo Sandoval, "April in Paris" with Count Basie, "A Foggy Day In London Town" with Maynard Ferguson, and more! It's this Sunday evening from 7 to 8 pm, and online around the world at wrti.org. Join us!

WRTI Spotlight
6:21 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Big Band Jazz Does Some Name-Dropping: July 8th at 7 pm

Billy Eckstine

Join host Bob Craig to hear some well-known "jazz characters" get the Big Band Jazz treatment, including "Killer Joe," "Freddy Freeloader," and others. Also, in the birthday file this week are Billy Eckstine and Louie Bellson.

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