Rob Crocker

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Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Jazz radio host
  • Record producer
  • Composer

Robert Crocker (born 1945) is a jazz radio host, record producer and composer who is the longest-serving jazz radio disc jockey in New York.[1] Currently, "Radio Rob Crocker" hosts Saturday Evening Jazz [2]and Sunday Afternoon Jazz[3] on WBGO[4] in Newark, New Jersey.

Early life

Crocker was born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, where his family had lived for three generations. He took up the oboe, clarinet and alto saxophone during high school, his interest in jazz nurtured while exploring the New York jazz scene.

Military service

Rob served two tours in VietNam in the Central Highlands with the 25th Infantry Division[5] and the 155th Assault Helicopter Company.[6]


In 1969, jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator Billy Taylor urged Crocker to pursue a career in radio.


Crocker began his broadcasting career as a programmer in Europe, where he co-hosted the Holland-based show, Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands, produced by Radio Free America.

Soon thereafter, he returned to the United States and began to host jazz programs for the Pacifica Foundation's New York City affiliate, WBAI. In 1971 he began hosting shows on New York City stations including WRVR (now WLTW), WWRL, WWRL, WBGO, and KISS-FM, among other stations.


In 1990, Rob relocated to Tokyo, Japan, where he presented jazz on Bay FM (Japan), FM Yokohama[7] and InterFM.

Return to the United States

In 2000, Rob returned New York, from where he continued host and produce shows for InterFM in Japan and WBGO in Newark, New Jersey.

Producer: CD’s & Live Events

Rob has produced numerous CDs and live events featuring internationally known and admired jazz musicians, including:

  • Alto Memories, with Sonny Fortune, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams and Jack DeJohnette[8][9]
  • UK Underground, with Japanese alto saxophonist Malta[10]
  • Philly Sounds with Randy Brecker, Jay Hoggard, Joe Ford, Uri Caine, Buster Williams, Nabaté Isles and Grady Tate[11]
  • DreadRooster, with Babi Floyd, a reggae CD featuring Keith Richards on guitar[12]
  • The Bobby Hutcherson Tribute at the BIRDLAND club [13]


In the Spring of 2020, Rob was recognized by the Midtown Branch of the NAACP with the Roy Wilkins Black History Month Award, as the longest-running disc jockey in the of jazz radio in New York.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Chinen, Nate. "Rob Crocker Honored by the NAACP with its Roy Wilkins Black History Month Award". Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  2. "Saturday Evening Jazz". Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  3. "Sunday Afternoon Jazz". Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  4. "About WBGO". Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  5. "Division History | 25th Infantry Division Association". Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  6. "155th Assault Helicopter Company | Stagecoach & Falcons". Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  7. "Scan 7 (2).pdf" (PDF). Dropbox. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  8. "0001.jpg". Dropbox. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  9. Gary Bartz, Sonny Fortune – Alto Memories (1994, CD), retrieved 2021-02-11
  10. "Malta (3) - UK Underground". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  11. "Much Respect Philly Sound/The Cats". Jazz & Drummer (in 日本語). Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  12. Dred Rootster Featuring Babi Floyd – One Blood (1996, CD), retrieved 2021-02-11
  13. "Tribute to Bobby Hutcherson - by Joe Locke". Joe Locke - official website. 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2021-02-11.

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