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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February 24, 2013

7:01 PM
Lullaby Of Broadway
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : The Stage Door Swings
Label : Capitol (vinyl)
7:04 PM
The Way You Look Tonight
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : Essential Maynard Ferguson
Label : Columbia/Legacy
7:08 PM
Over The Rainbow
Artist : Artie Barsamian Big Band
Album : Everything Happens To Me
Label : Seaside Recordings
7:13 PM
When You Wish Upon A Star
Artist : Chris Waldon Band
Album : No Bounds
Label : Origin Records
7:20 PM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist : The Diva Jazz Orchestra
Album : Leave It To Diva
Label : Diva LTD Records
7:28 PM
Secret Love
Artist : MHCC Jazz Band
Album : I'm New Here
Label : Sea Breeze
7:32 PM
All The Way
Artist : Patrick Williams Band
Album : Sinatraland
Label : EMI-Capitol
7:38 PM
Moon River
Artist : Count Basie
Album : This Time By Basie
Label : Reprise (vinyl)
7:42 PM
Days Of Wine And Roses
Artist : Sun Ra Jazz Arkestra
Album : Blue Delight
Label : A&M Records
7:50 PM
Call Me Irresponsible
Artist : Count Basie
Album : Pop Goes The Basie
Label : Reprise (vinyl)
7:52 PM
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Johnny Mandel Conducts The Diva Jazz Orchestra
Album : The Man And His Music
Label : Arbors Records


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.