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 24, 2013

7:01 PM
Joy Spring
Artist : Rob Parton’s Jazz Tech Big Band
Album : Just One Of Those Things
Label : Sea Breeze
7:05 PM
Basie’s Bag
Artist : George Benson w./ The Count Basie Band
Album : Big Boss Man
Label : Warner Brothers
7:08 PM
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie Band Featuring James Moody
Album : The Be Bop Revolution
Label : RCA Bluebird
7:12 PM
Jessica’s Day
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Band w./James Moody
Album : Things To COme
Label : Telarc
7:17 PM
Hook Or Crook
Artist : Steve Williams Jazz Nation Band
Album : Jazz Nation
Label : OA2 Records
7:25 PM
Hip Walk
Artist : Bernt Rosengren Big Band
Album : Bernt Rosengren Big Band
Label : Caprice
7:33 PM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Bob Florence Limited Edition
Album : Legendary
Label : Mama Records
7:40 PM
Younger Than Springtime
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : The Stage Door Swings
Label : Capitol (vinyl)
7:45 PM
Artist : The Johnny Otis Band Featuring Ben Webster
Album : Big Ben
Label : Proper Records
7:49 PM
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Artist : Sarah Vaughan w./ The Duke Ellington Band
Album : Dyuke Ellington Songbook Volume 1
Label : Pablo Records
7:53 PM
Cherry Juice
Artist : The Thad Jones Mel Lewis Orchestra
Album : New Life
Label : Horizon Records (vinyl)


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.