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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March 03, 2013

7:01 PM
Jeep’s Blues
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Ellington At Newport
Label : Columbia
7:05 PM
Blues Backstage
Artist : Count Basie
Album : Count Basie's Finest Hour
Label : Verve
7:11 PM
All Blues
Artist : GRP All Stars
Album : All Blues
Label : GRP Records
7:18 PM
West Coast Blues
Artist : Wes Montgomery w./ Johhny Pate’s Big Band
Album : Movin' Wes
Label : Verve
7:22 PM
Blues In The Abstract Truth
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Oliver Nelson’s Band
Album : Hoochie Coochie Man
Label : Verve
7:29 PM
Blues In The Night
Artist : Woody Herman
Album : Greatest Hits
Label : Columbia
7:32 PM
Frame For The Blues
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : A Message From Newport
Label : Roulette (vinyl)
7:40 PM
Tiny’s Blues
Artist : Chubby Jackson’s Big Band
Album : From Be-Bop To Cool
Label : Columbia (vinyl)
7:43 PM
Blues in Hoss’ Flat
Artist : MCC (Mesa Community College) Jazz Band
Album : Then And Now
Label : Sea Breeze
7:49 PM
Basically Blues
Artist : Buddy Rich
Album : Swingin' New Big Band
Label : Pacific Jazz
7:55 PM
Davenport Blues
Artist : Gil Evans
Album : Complete Pacific Jazz Sessions
Label : Blue Note


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.