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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 5th, 2015: Class of ‘26: Soundtrack of the Jazz Age

America was booming in 1926. The country enjoyed peace and prosperity— and the 20s roared. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band celebrates the soundtrack of the Jazz Age with music from the repertoires of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and Jelly Roll Morton with special guests: guitarist Marty Grosz, vocalist Nina Ferro and Vernel Bagneris, and more.

Dec 12th, 2015: At the Jazz Band Ball: With Jazz Journalist Nat Hentoff

NEA Jazz Master Nat Hentoff joins host David Holt to discuss his book, At the Jazz Band Ball, Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene and shares recollections of the genre’s important figures. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band sets the mood, performing music from the playing of early jazz greats.

Dec 19th, 2015: Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule: Guests Carol Woods, Clark Terry & Savion Glover

Hot Jazz makes for a very cool Yule as The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends “jazz up” holiday classics. Guest performances feature trumpet master Clark Terry, Broadway’s Carol Woods, bass man Milt Hinton and a special rendition of Little Drummer Boy with tap dance sensation Savion Glover.

Dec 26th, 2015: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Riverwalk Jazz does it up big for this New Year’s Eve celebration. An all-star cast featuring vocalists Stephanie Nakasian and Topsy Chapman with trumpet star Nicholas Payton join bandleader Jim Cullum and host David Holt. Spend the evening dancing and romancing with an expanded Jim Cullum ‘Big’ Band performing favorites— “A Kiss To Build A Dream On”, “When You’re Smiling,” “High Society” and more.

Jan 2nd, 2016: All the Cats Join In: Jazz singer Catherine Russell in Concert

Grammy award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band with Dick Hyman on piano with a remarkable selection of songs from Alec Wilder’s elegant “South to a Warmer Place” and the bluesy “Kitchen Man” to her heart-stopping rendition of “Troubled Waters.” Jazz critic Nat Hentoff calls Ms. Russell ‘the real deal.’

Previous Programs

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Nov 28th, 2015: Not Just Another Pretty Face: “Girl Singers” of the Big Band Era

In the 1930s and 40s they were called “girl singers.” Giant talents like Helen Humes, Ivie Anderson and Billie Holiday first made their mark as the only female on stage singing with bands led by Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, and Count Basie, among others. They went on to break the “just another pretty face” stereotype by becoming legendary vocalists in their own right.

Nov 21st, 2015: Sage Hen Strut with Frim Fram Sauce & Other Jazz Delicacies

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends serve up a banquet of jazz tunes for the season of feasting. Savor the Thanksgiving holiday with their concert of cuisine-inspired jazz tunes. Also on the menu, stories about the ‘sweet spot’ where food and jazz come together and performances by bass legend Milt Hinton and banjo man Danny Barker.

Nov 14th, 2015: The Unsung Genius of Kenny Davern: Traditional Jazz Clarinet Virtuoso

Jazz writer Nat Hentoff says clarinetist Kenny Davern “never received the credit he deserved” in spite of his “continuous imagination and vitality.” A look back at Kenny Davern’s funniest stories and hottest performances from his Riverwalk Jazz appearances.

Nov 7th, 2015: The Jim Cullum Jazz Band : Memories & Music

A celebration of The Jim Cullum Jazz Band filled with heart-warming memories and hot jazz, reflecting on more than five decades of stories and songs with special guest Dick Hyman.

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