Rob Crocker is a Brooklyn-born high school Jazz musician whose career took a turn towards broadcasting when combat injuries, sustained in Vietnam, cut short his future as an artist. In 1970, he started his career as a programmer in Europe, co-hosting the Holland-based show “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” broadcast by Radio Free America.
After returning to the U.S., he joined the Pacifica Network as a producer, news reporter, and jazz program host. New York area listeners are sure to recognize Rob’s voice as having hosted the best of Straight Ahead Jazz, Fusion and Latin Music on some of the city’s most popular radio stations of the 1970s and 80s — WRVR, WBGO, WQCD and KISS-FM, whose Pop audience Rob introduced to jazz.
In the early 1990’s, Rob relocated to Tokyo for 8 years where he was in popular demand as a disc jockey in the Tokyo market at BAY-FM and FM YOKOHAMA, hosting programs including "Night Ship," "Evening Jazz," and "Night Moves" — the first live all-night radio program in the history of Japanese FM radio. In addition, Rob was the voice on satellite television for "Live At The Bluenote;" the host and writer for "All That Jazz," on Space Shower TV; and part of the starting lineup of DJs for INTER-FM, Tokyo’s first‚ one-man style‚ FM radio station. There he featured Jazz on the nightly program “Mid Nite Groove.”
As the new century began, Rob returned to New York City. He continued to do Sunday evening Jazz for Tokyo’s INTER FM (New York Groove) from New York until Spring 2001 when he returned to WBGO-FM in the New York market (where he can still be heard worldwide on the internet). He also programmed and produced the New York Jazz segment of Nissan Murano Crossover Style on INTER FM (a radio collaboration he helped arranged between WBGO & INTER FM, using the voice of WBGO's mid-day DJ Rhonda Hamilton) from 2005-2009. Rob Crocker has the singular distinction of being the longest-running disc jockey in the history of jazz radio in New York City!
Aside from FM Radio, Rob also produces Jazz CDs, including Alto
Memories (With Sonny Fortune, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, and Jack DeJohnette); UK Underground from Japanese alto saxophonist Malta; the 1st & 2nd CDs from Japan's premier Jazz vocalist and trumpeter Toku (whom Rob discovered in Tokyo); Philly Sounds (with Randy Brecker, Jay Hoggard, Joe Ford, Uri Caine, Buster Williams, and Grady Tate) and Dread Rooster, Babi Floyd's reggae CD featuring Keith Richards on guitar.
Among the live shows he has produced over the years, Rob recently produced the Bobby Hutcherson tribute at BIRDLAND in New York in 2012(featuring Jay Hoggard, Steve Nelson, Mark Sherman & Warren Wolfe on Vibes, with George Cables, Buster Williams, and Victor Lewis in the rhythm section).
As a New York City based Jazz programmer, Rob has designed musical concepts for such cultural organizations as The Burgess Collection of Fine Art, The National Museum of Sports, and The Brooklyn Museum.