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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June 16, 2013

7:01 PM
The Groove Merchant
Artist : Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra
Album : Central Park North
Label : Solid State (vinyl)
7:07 PM
Stockholm Sweetnin’
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : That's How I Feel About Jazz
Label : GRP/Impulse
7:12 PM
The Midnight Sun Will Never Set
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : I Dig Dancers
Label : Mercury
7:17 PM
How High The Moon
Artist : Hank Jones w./ The Wind Jazz Orchestra
Album : Favors
Label : Verve
7:23 PM
Artist : Elvin Jones
Album : Elvin
Label : Riverside
7:30 PM
The Long Night
Artist : Count Basie Featuring Thad Jones
Album : On My Way And Shoutin' Again
Label : Verve
7:34 PM
Little Rascal On The Rocks
Artist : Thad Jones- Mel Lewis Orchestra
Album : New Life
Label : Horizon Records
7:42 PM
Banja Luka
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : Great Wide World Of Quicy Jones-Live
Label : Mercury
7:52 PM
A Child Is Born
Artist : Hank Jones w./ The Winds Jazz Orchestra
Album : Favors
Label : Verve


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.