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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

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.

Feb 7th, 2015: Ebony Love Songs: Black Songwriters Celebrate Valentine’s Day

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their guests perform love songs from the pantheon of early 20th century black songwriters, including Eubie Blake, Waller & Razaf, Duke Ellington, Don Redman and Benny Carter.

Feb 14th, 2015: Chicago’s Jazz Age Melting Pot

As musicians like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans Rhythm Kings and a host of blues queens made the move from Texas and New Orleans to Chicago, it became America’s melting pot for hot, blues-driven jazz. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, pianist Shelly Berg, actor Vernel Bagneris and vocalist Topsy Chapman get together to explore Chicago’s great ‘musical migration.’

Feb 21st, 2015: Class of ’29: Jazz on the Move from Chicago to New York

The year was 1929. Jazz was on the move from Chicago to New York — from Harlem to Broadway to small cabarets. Join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their special guests as they play the music of Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and other standout members of the Class of ’29.

Feb 28th, 2015: 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.

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.

Mar 14th, 2015: Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm: Maxine Sullivan at 100

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 on her 100th birthday with songs she made famous—“Make Someone Happy” and her biggest hit, “Loch Lomond.”

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 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.

Previous Programs

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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 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 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 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.

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