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

November 24, 2013

7:01 PM
Cherokee
Artist : The Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
Album : Mezzanine
Label : Owl Records
7:07 PM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Jeff Hamilton & The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble
Album : Time Passes On
Label : Jazzed Media
7:13 PM
Blue Flame
Artist : Jeff Hamilton & The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble
Album : Salutes Woody Herman
Label : Jazzed Media
7:19 PM
Perdido
Artist : Ira B. Liss Band
Album : It's About Time
Label : Tall Man Records
7:25 PM
Sophisticated Lady
Artist : Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Album : Can I Persuade You?
Label : Planet Arts Records
7:31 PM
Opus One
Artist : Ron Carter Band
Album : Ron Carter's Great Big Band
Label : Sunnyside Records
7:36 PM
Back Bay Shuffle
Artist : Al Porcino Big Band Featuring Al Cohn
Album : The Final Performance
Label : Raz Ma Taz Records (vinyl)
7:41 PM
Take The "A" Train
Artist : One O’Clock Lab Band
Album : Lab 2013
Label : North Texas Jazz
7:48 PM
Begin The Beguine
Artist : The DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra
Album : Quotient
Label : Sea Breeze Records
7:52 PM
Night In Tunisia
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band
Album : Things To Come
Label : MCG Jazz/Telarc

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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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