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 26, 2013

7:01 PM
Seven Steps To Heaven
Artist : GRP All-Star Big Band
Album : GRP All-Star Big Band
Label : GRP Records
7:07 PM
So What
Artist : John LaBarbera Band
Album : On The Wild Side
Label : Jazz Compass Records
7:15 PM
All Blues
Artist : Harrry Allen/Randy Sandke & RIAS Big Band Berlin
Album : Trumpet Kings
Label : Nagel-Heyer Records
7:23 PM
Walkin’
Artist : Harry James
Album : Harry James & His New Swingin' Band
Label : MGM Records (vinyl)
7:27 PM
Nardis
Artist : CCM Jazz Ensemble
Album : Lady Bird
Label : Sea Breeze Records
7:36 PM
Blue In Green
Artist : H2 Big Band
Album : You're It
Label : Jazzed Media
7:43 PM
Milestones
Artist : Bill O’Connell Big Band
Album : Unfinished Business
Label : Sea Breeze
7:49 PM
Four
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : Maynard '62
Label : Roulette Records (vinyl)
7:54 PM
Freddy The Freeloader
Artist : Buddy Charles Band
Album : We're Here
Label : Jazzed Media

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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.

WRTI Spotlight
11:09 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Big Band Jazz on July 1st: Big Bands At Newport

Join WRTI's Bob Craig as he revisits some great moments at the Newport Jazz Festival from the '50s and '60s. You'll hear Stan Kenton, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie and others from well-known bands.

 

 

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