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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

Apr 4th, 2015: Lester Leaps In: The President of Tenor Sax

They called him Prez: Lester Young, President of the Tenor Sax. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band — along with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Topsy Chapman, and more — perform tunes he made famous. And Vernel Bagneris adds accounts Young’s career — from the tent show circuit to stardom on the bandstands of Kansas City.

Apr 11th, 2015: Django's Gypsy Swing with the Hot Club of San Francisco

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and the Hot Club of San Francisco, featuring guitarist Paul Mehling, explore of the infectious music of Django Reinhardt. Today, more than 60 years after his death, the gypsy guitarist and composer continues to inspire musicians and music lovers.

Apr 18th, 2015: Swinging at The Pearl: Catherine Russell, Dick Hyman, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band

At San Antonio’s landmark Pearl Stable, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes piano legend Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell to their late-night jam session of hot jazz, swing, and the blues

Apr 25th, 2015: The Rise and Fall of Joe “King” Oliver

Joe “King” Oliver put the “hot” in hot jazz. Through his personal letters, read by stage legend William Warfield, the rise and fall of Oliver’s career comes to life. And cornetist Leon Oakley and tubist Mike Walbridge join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to turn up the heat with a collection of 1920s classics.

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.

Previous Programs

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Mar 28th, 2015: Feelin’ the Spirit: The Luis Russell Story

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band returns to San Antonio’s Pearl Stable with pianist Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell, daughter of Luis Russell, whose early recordings are considered classic examples of early swing music.

Mar 21st, 2015: Class of ‘39: Lindy Hop Down the Yellow Brick Road

In 1939 America’s top dance bands broadcast live from radio’s Make Believe Ballroom. Americans danced the Lindy Hop in the height of swing fever. And The Wizard of Oz raised the art of the film score to new standards with the talented team of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and guests visit America’s post-Depression culture, performing 1939 pop tunes.

Mar 14th, 2015: Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm: Maxine Sullivan

The chanteuse of chamber jazz Maxine Sullivan brought her gentle sense of swing to the ballads, folk songs, and light classics she interpreted in a jazz style. Vocalist Rebecca Kilgore and The Jim Cullum Jazz Band honor Sullivan with songs she made famous—“Make Someone Happy” and her biggest hit, “Loch Lomond.”

Mar 7th, 2015: Blues Queens, Cakewalkin’ Babies & Songbirds

In honor of National Women’s History Month, Riverwalk celebrates ‘first ladies of classic jazz’ as Carol Woods joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band in a salute to Bessie, Billie, Ella, Ethel and more.

Legends of Jazz