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 08, 2013

7:01 PM
Blues In The Abstract Truth
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./Oliver Nelson’s Band
Album : Hoochie Coochie Man
Label : Verve
7:07 PM
Blues For Yna Yna
Artist : Gerald Wilson w./ Richard "Groove" Holmes
Album : Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings
Label : Mosaic
7:14 PM
Oh Look At Me Now
Artist : Brother Jack McDuff w./ Benny Golson Orchestra
Album : Brother Jack McDuff...Big Band Prelude
Label : Prestige
7:18 PM
Christmas Medley
Artist : Rob McConnell Boss Brass
Album : Big Band Christmas
Label : Concord Records
7:26 PM
Walk On The Wild Side
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Oliver Nelson’s Band
Album : Bashin'
Label : Verve
7:32 PM
For Dancer’s Only
Artist : Shirley Scott w./Oliver Nelson’s Band
Album : Roll 'Em: Shirley Scott Plays The Big Bands
Label : Impulse (vinyl)
7:36 PM
Blues In Hoss’ Flat
Artist : City Rhytm Orchestra w./ Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Vibrant Tones
Label : Limehouse Records
7:42 PM
Artist : Henry Mancini
Album : Music From Mr. Lucky (vinyl)
Label : RCA
7:45 PM
One Mint Julep
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Genius+Soul=Jazz
Label : Impulse
7:48 PM
A Kettle Of Fish
Artist : Brother Jack McDuff w./ Benny Golson’s Band
Album : Brother Jack McDuff Big Band: Prelude
Label : Prestige
7:52 PM
Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Oliver Nelson’s Band
Album : Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf?
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.