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Riverwalk Jazz

Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.

Riverwalk Jazz 
This program is available for sponsorship!
(Contact Ron Horan for more details.)

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

May 30th, 2015: Last-Call Late-Night Jam: Live From the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee

Trumpeter John-Erik Kellso, drummer Hal Smith, trombone great Bill Allred, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band keep the party going with a last-call, late-night jam from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Stand back. Things are going to heat up!

Jun 6th, 2015: Deuce Ambience: Jazz Guitar with Marty Grosz and Howard Alden

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes Marty Grosz and Howard Alden to talk jazz guitar and the legendary players who made magic with the instrument. The guitar: portable, popular, and dazzling in the hands of musicians like Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, or Django Reinhardt.

Jun 13th, 2015: Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz

Maggie Condon joins the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and shares a wealth of stories about her famous father: Eddie Condon — guitarist, bandleader, writer, and wisecracker. Don’t miss the music and memories surrounding this remarkable musician, truly a Renaissance man of jazz.

Jun 20th, 2015: Jazz Daddies: A Father's Day Celebration

In a celebration of Father’s Day, pianist Shelly Berg, guitarist John Pizzarelli, bandleader Jim Cullum — all sons of jazz daddies — share tender, humorous stories about their fathers. And they break out classic jazz tunes with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band.

Jun 27th, 2015: Class of 1930: Surviving with a Song

In 1930, there was hardly anyone not plagued with money woes. Surviving with a song was a coping mechanism of the day. 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.

Jul 4th, 2015: Louis Armstrong: Memories & Reflections

Tune in for memorable stories about Louis Armstrong from producer George Avakian, opera star Robert Merrill, former Armstrong band member Peanuts Hucko and more. Nicholas Payton and Bob Barnard join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to play classic Armstrong tunes.

Jul 11th, 2015: Talking Trumpet: A Salute to Clark Terry

Clark Terry reminisces about a remarkable career in music — and he surely had stories to tell. He talks trumpet and sits in with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to perform some favorite numbers — including his famous "Mumbles" routine.

Jul 18th, 2015: Empress of the Blues: The Life and Music of Bessie Smith

New Orleans vocalist Topsy Chapman joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band with the story of Bessie Smith, the so-called “Empress of the Blues,” who sang her way out of a childhood of crushing poverty and remains royalty in blues history.

Jul 25th, 2015: Boogie Woogie Trio: Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson

They had day jobs driving cabs and washing cars. But by night, they honed their music skills playing “rent parties” on Chicago’s South Side. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guest Dick Hyman rock the house with the music of the Boogie Woogie Trio — Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson.

Aug 1st, 2015: Chicago Reeds: Live from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee

Live from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, special guests Kim Cusack and Bobby Gordon join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate three clarinetists: Jimmy Noone, Frank Teschemacher and Benny Goodman — trailblazers who emerged from the Chicago jazz scene in the 1920s.

Previous Programs

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May 23rd, 2015: Swinging on V-Disc: Jazz in WWII

A strike by the musicians’ union during World War II reduced new recordings by jazz artists. Troops overseas felt the pinch, and special releases called Victory Discs filled the need. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their guests tell the story of V-Discs and the musicians who made them.

May 16th, 2015: Turk & Lu: West Coast Classic Jazz in Concert

A concert of West Coast classics in the style of cornetist Lu Watters and trombonist Turk Murphy. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band revisits The Dawn Club and Earthquake McGoon’s, San Francisco’s hotspots for the New Orleans jazz revival of the ’40s and ’50s.

May 9th, 2015: Hot Jazz Down Under: Gems from Aussie Jazzman Bob Barnard

The spotlight is on Australian cornetist Bob Barnard, longtime friend and “musical soul mate” of bandleader Jim Cullum. From hot jazz to ballads, these two music legends “trade fours” and swap stories about their lives in jazz.

May 2nd, 2015: The Great Innovator: Clarinetist Benny Goodman

Reed men 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, credited with transforming ’20s-style hot jazz into swing, and setting off a pop craze that spanned the Great Depression and World War II.