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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October 28, 2012

7:01 PM
Indian Summer
Artist : Mike Barone Big Band
Album : Birdland
Label : Rhubarb Recordings
7:08 PM
Keen And Peachy
Artist : Woody Herman Featuring Zoot Sims
Album : Greatest Hits
Label : Columbia
7:11 PM
Artist : Stan Kenton Featuring Zoot Sims
Album : The Kenton Era
Label : Capitol
7:15 PM
Brown Skins
Artist : Gigi Gryce Featuring Clifford Browne
Album : The Paris Collection
Label : Inner City Records (vinyl)
7:22 PM
Autumn In New York
Artist : Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass
Album : Plays the Jazz Classics
Label : Concord
7:30 PM
Spanish Kick
Artist : Charlie Barnet
Album : Swingin' The Classics
Label :
7:32 PM
Bach 2 Part Invention In D
Artist : Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
Album : Swiingin' For The Fences
Label : Silverline Records
7:41 PM
Happy Faces
Artist : Quincy Jones Featuring Zoot Sims
Album : Birth Of A Band
Label : Mercury (vinyl)
7:44 PM
The Red Door
Artist : Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band Featuring Zoot Sims
Album : Concert Jazz Band
Label : Verve
7:50 PM
I’ll Never Say "Never Again" Again
Artist : Ted McNabb & Company Featuring Zoot Sims
Album : Big Band Sound
Label : Epic (vinyl)
7:53 PM
Keepin’ Up With Jonesy
Artist : Gigi Gryce Featuring Clifford Browne
Album : The Paris Collection
Label : Inner City 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.