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Riverwalk Jazz

Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.

Riverwalk Jazz 
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Hosted by David Holt and Jim Cullum, RIVERWALK JAZZ celebrates the lives and music of America's top jazz musicians, past and present. Each week, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band salutes these jazz pioneers in live performances featuring classic jazz and swing music, as well as fascinating stories that bring to life remarkable moments in the history of jazz.

Upcoming Programs

Sep 20th, 2014: Sweet Ballads & Red Hot Pianos

From San Francisco’s Historic Filoli Gardens — jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and piano virtuoso Dick Hyman join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in an outdoor concert featuring songs of Walter Donaldson.

Sep 27th, 2014: Let's Talk Jazz: A Conversation with Gary Giddins

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes jazz critic and award-winning author Gary Giddins to discuss his book Jazz, which navigates through 100 years of the music, from New Orleans through swing, bebop and beyond.

Oct 4th, 2014: Butterbeans & Susie: A Vaudeville Cabaret

Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris and vocalist Topsy Chapman bring back the comedy of Butterbeans and Susie, one of the great teams of black vaudeville. For nearly half a century, they sang, danced, and spoofed their way across America. Join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a vaudeville cabaret.

Oct 11th, 2014: The Test of Time: A Century of Song

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band puts their infectious spin on rags, parlor songs and spirituals composed a century or more ago. Explore the roots of hot jazz from Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag to the third most popular song in America, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” It’s a century of songs — ones that have clearly stood the test of time.

Oct 18th, 2014: The Great Innovator: Clarinetist Benny Goodman

Reedmen Allan Vaché and Harry Allen, and vibists John Cocuzzi and Lionel Hampton join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate a kid from Chicago who would change the face of American popular music. Benny Goodman is credited with transforming 20s-style hot jazz into swing, and setting off a pop craze that spanned the Great Depression and World War II.

Oct 25th, 2014: Keyboard Wizard: Art Tatum

Piano virtuoso Shelly Berg and Broadway veteran Vernel Bagneris team up with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a tribute to pioneering keyboard wizard Art Tatum. The jazz pianist set a new standard in the 1930s — playing faster, cleaner and more imaginatively than anyone thought possible.

Nov 1st, 2014: A Night at Nick's: Hot Jazz in the Big Apple

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and longtime fans revisit Nick’s Steak House, the Greenwich Village nightspot where for almost three decades veteran jazzmen like Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon and Muggsy Spanier wowed the crowds that gathered to hear hot jazz in the Big Apple.

Nov 8th, 2014: Class of 1930: Surviving on a Song

In 1930 money problems affected everyone. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends perform Depression-era music from movies, theater, and radio — tunes that kept Americans entertained while they made do with less.

Nov 15th, 2014: Sweet Thunder: Piano Virtuoso Shelly Berg and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Favorites like “Jubilee Stomp” and “Just One of Those Things” are on tap as piano ace and Concord recording artist Shelly Berg teams up with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a no-holds-barred jam session of jazz standards.

Nov 22nd, 2014: Goodman, Shaw and Dorsey: Big Band Leaders and Their Small Combos

Beginning in 1935 a handful of swing-era big bands formed smaller groups — the Benny Goodman Trio, Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five and Tommy Dorsey & His Clambake Seven. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guests let loose with “Slipped Disc,” “Scuttlebutt,” “At the Codfish Ball” and other popular tunes recorded by those combos.

Nov 29th, 2014: Sage Hen Strut with Frim Fram Sauce & Other Jazz Delicacies

Whether celebrating gustatory pleasures or racy double entendre, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends serve up a banquet of jazz tunes for this season of feasts.

Previous Programs

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Sep 13th, 2014: Remembering Ralph Sutton: Long Way from St. Louis

Stride piano legend Ralph Sutton visits The Jim Cullum Jazz Band at The Landing and demonstrates his impeccable sense of rhythm, his robust piano style and his melodic innovations.

Sep 6th, 2014: Ride, Red, Ride: New Orleans Trumpeter Henry 'Red' Allen Jr.

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guests play the music and tell the story of Henry ‘Red’ Allen Jr. — an inventive New Orleans trumpeter whose long career took him from the Crescent City to the Big Apple.

Aug 30th, 2014: In the Footsteps of Giants: Trumpet Dynamo Bria Skonberg

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is joined by 20-something trumpet ace Bria Skonberg, who is among a group of brilliant young musicians revitalizing American classic jazz. She cites Louis Armstrong as her key influence, and clearly his exuberance shines through in her performances.

Aug 23rd, 2014: Reluctant Genius of Jazz: Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw won accolades for his amazing talent on clarinet, but developed a reputation as an unpredictable and “reluctant” musical genius. Host David Holt welcomes Tom Nolan, author of the Shaw biography Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake, to discuss the music and mystique of one of America’s most celebrated jazz musicians.

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