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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December 01, 2013

7:01 PM
Come Fly With Me
Artist : Count Basie
Album : Basie Plays Standards
Label : Verve
7:03 PM
Jazz Me Blues
Artist : Woody Herman
Album : Encore
Label : Phillips (vinyl)
7:07 PM
Big Dipper
Artist : Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra
Album : Central Park North
Label : Solid State (vinyl)
7:13 PM
Blues Non-Stop
Artist : Onzy Matthews Band
Album : Blues with A Touch Of Elegance
Label : Capitol (vinyl)
7:17 PM
Naptown Blues
Artist : Wes Montgomery w./ Oliver Nelson’s Band
Album : Goin' Out Of My Head
Label : Verve
7:20 PM
Man From Monterey
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie w./ Gil Fuller’s Orchestra
Album : Jazz From The 60's: Volume 2
Label : Pacific Jazz (vinyl)
7:25 PM
Girl Talk
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : The World We Knew
Label : Capitol (vinyl)
7:30 PM
Whisper Not
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : Come Blow Your Horn
Label : Cameo (vinyl)
7:38 PM
Back To The Beat
Artist : Don Jacoby & The College All-Stars
Album : Swinging Big Sound
Label : Decca (Vinyl)
7:40 PM
The Song Is You
Artist : Bob Florence Band
Album : Here And Now
Label : Liberty Records (vinyl)
7:45 PM
Artist : Gerald Wilson
Album : Moment Of Truth
Label : Pacific Jazz
7:50 PM
Artist : The Clarke-Boland Big Band
Album : Sax No End
Label : Pausa Records (vinyl)
7:56 PM
Sister Sadie
Artist : Buddy Rich
Album : Swingin' New Band
Label : Pacific Jazz


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.