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Riverwalk Jazz

Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.

Riverwalk Jazz 
This program is available for sponsorship!
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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

Dec 20th, 2014: Swinging on a Riff: The Legacy of the Benny Goodman Sextet

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band salutes the Benny Goodman Sextet, which originally started as a quintet — that’s until Charlie Christian and his electric guitar came along. Included are featured performances by clarinetists Ron Hockett and Allan Vaché, with Harry Allen on sax.

Dec 27th, 2014: Songstress Nina Ferro: Live in Concert with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Soulful songstress Nina Ferro has a quality of tone, an honest emotion, and a technique that make her performances nothing short of inspirational. Her energetic style and musical grace shine through as she joins the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a concert of jazz standards and sultry ballads.

Jan 3rd, 2015: Marty Grosz: Legend of Jazz Rhythm Guitar

Marty Grosz is one of today's foremost jazz rhythm guitarists and chord soloists. He is one of few major jazz guitarists who do not use an amplifier. Grosz’ driving guitar rhythm is evidenced in lively performances with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band.

Jan 10th, 2015: Swinging the Band: The Pops Foster Story

Starting out as riverboat tuba player, George ‘Pops’ Foster went on to help revolutionize the sound of jazz rhythm. Portraying the New Orleans jazzman, actor Vernel Bagneris joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to tell the story of bass pioneer George ‘Pops’ Foster.

Jan 17th, 2015: After Hours with Piano Legend Dick Hyman

The iconic Dick Hyman—pianist, organist, arranger, music director and composer—joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and demonstrates his amazing talent on tunes from composer Hoagy Carmichael and pianists Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams and more.

Jan 24th, 2015: Crazy Rhythm: Red Nichols and His Five Pennies

Ace cornetist Red Nichols racked up thousands of recordings in the 1920s alone, leading dozens of small groups. He was creative, influential, and as hardworking as they come. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band cooks up a batch of crazy rhythm with the music of Red Nichols and His Five Pennies.

Jan 31st, 2015: All the Cats Join In: Catherine Russell in Concert

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band keeps America’s rich jazz tradition alive with the rhythms of hot jazz, swing and the blues as they share the stage with pianist Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell — “the real deal” according to jazz critic Nat Hentoff.

Previous Programs

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Dec 13th, 2014: Licorice Stick Gumbo: The Masters of New Orleans Jazz Clarinet

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes clarinet dynamo Evan Christopher as they spotlight the rich legacy of jazz clarinet players from the Crescent City.

Dec 6th, 2014: A New Generation: Clarinetist Virtuoso Dave Bennett

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and clarinet phenom Dave Bennett, described as an authentic musical prodigy, explore the legacy of Benny Goodman and the infectious sounds of swing.

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.

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.

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