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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

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.

Aug 8th, 2015: At the Jazz Band Ball: Jazz Classics Live from the Stanford Jazz Workshop

Here’s a high-energy concert of red-hot traditional jazz classics from old New Orleans and 1920s Chicago. Join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and clarinetist Evan Christopher as they perform at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Aug 15th, 2015: Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart: Swinging with the Bob Cats

Trumpeter Yank Lawson and bassist Bob Haggart — star soloists of the Bob Cats — join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band at The Landing for rare, live performances from the repertoire of Bob Crosby’s highly acclaimed, hard-swinging band.

Aug 22nd, 2015: World on Seven Strings: The Life of Jazz Guitar Master Bucky Pizzarelli

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes guitar master Bucky Pizzarelli. He performs some favorite tunes and shares colorful stories of his early days, from playing guitar in his parents’ grocery to touring with Stéphane Grappelli.

Aug 29th, 2015: Gulf Coast Blues: The Clarence Williams Story

Clarence Williams certainly led a fascinating life — as an iconic record producer who brought the talents of Bessie Smith and Sidney Bechet to mainstream audiences, or as a hustler who stole the rights to top-selling jazz tunes. Topsy Chapman and Vernel Bagneris join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to explore the story of this memorable musician.

Sep 5th, 2015: Crescent City Stomp: Mardi Gras Celebration

They call New Orleans “the Cradle of Jazz.” And as the saying goes, “The hand that rocks the cradle, rocks the nation” — in this case, the world. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band presents a concert honoring the music and musicians of New Orleans, past and present.

Sep 12th, 2015: Peck's Bad Boys: The Peck Kelley Story

Dick Hyman joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for the story of piano virtuoso Peck Kelley. He was a 1920s East Texas sensation, in high demand by top bands. But he preferred to spend his life playing in honky-tonks.

Sep 19th, 2015: Ev’rything I Love: The Songs of Cole Porter

Live from San Francisco’s historic Filoli Gardens, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and jazz vocalist Nina Ferro spotlight the swinging music and witty, sophisticated lyrics of the incomparable Cole Porter.

Sep 26th, 2015: East Commerce Stomp: San Antonio Swing Reborn

Shadowland, the Beauty Saloon, Riverside Gardens, White Horse Tavern, Blue Willow. The swinging sounds of San Antonio's hottest nightspots of the 1930s are back with a spectacular 12-piece Jim Cullum Jazz 'Big Band' providing the soundtrack— joined by special guest Broadway actor and singer Vernel Bagneris.

Previous Programs

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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.

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 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 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.

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