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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January 06, 2013

7:01 PM
Shade Of The Cedar Tree
Artist : Christian McBride Big Band
Album : The Good Feeling
Label : Mack Avenue Records
7:09 PM
A Night In Tunisia
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie w./ Milt Jackson
Album : Be-Bop Revolution
Label : Bluebird
7:13 PM
Boogity Boogity
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Plenty Plenty Soul
Label : Atlantic
7:18 PM
Old Devil Moon
Artist : Milt Jackson Big Band
Album : Big Bags
Label : Riverside
7:21 PM
Every Tub
Artist : Count Basie & Milt Jackson
Album : Count Basie + Milt Jackson+ Big Band
Label : Pablo
7:23 PM
The Nearness Of You
Artist : Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra w./ Milt Jackson
Album : Explosive
Label : Quest/Warner
7:30 PM
Artist : Count Basie w./ Frank Wess
Album : Atomic Basie
Label : Roulette
7:32 PM
Rink Rat
Artist : Frank Wess Big Band
Album : Entre Nous
Label : Concord
7:40 PM
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie w./ Chano Pozo
Album : Be-Bop Revolution
Label : Bluebird
7:44 PM
52nd Street Theme
Artist : Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys
Album : Be-Bop Revolution
Label : Bluebird
7:46 PM
Artist : Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band
Album : Sax No End (Vinyl)
Label : Pausa
7:52 PM
Forgotten Thoughts
Artist : Kris Berg & His Metroplexity Big Band
Album : This Time/Last Year
Label :


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.



WRTI Spotlight
4:34 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Big Band Jazz With Bob Craig: Philadelphia Big Bands on June 17th

Tune in this Sunday from 7 to 8 pm for Philadelphia Big Bands. From Elliot Lawrence in the '50s to Sun Ra Jazz Arkestra in the '60s, through Temple University's Jazz Band with Terell Stafford today - we'll be swingin' all hour long!

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
7:08 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig: Woody Herman, Harry James, Gil Evans

A great hour of music planned for Sunday, May 13th from 7 to 8 pm. Big Band giants in the birthday spotlight this week include Woody Herman and Harry James. We'll also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gil Evans. Plus, you'll hear a few exciting new releases. Don't miss it!

American Insight's First Annual Festival
7:01 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Bob Craig at Free Speech Film Festival on May 16th

WRTI jazz host Bob Craig will serve as one of the moderators for the Free Speech Film Festival's award ceremony on Wednesday, May 16th at 7 pm. The one-night festival will take place in the Benjamin Franklin Hall of the American Philosophical Society at 427 Chestnut Street  in Philadelphia. More information here.