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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

Oct 10th, 2015: Ben Pollack: White Hot in Chicago

Widely regarded as one of the most influential white bandleaders of the late 1920s, drummer Ben Pollack also had an eye for talent spotting. Among other jazz giants, he employed Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden and Jimmy McPartland early in their careers. Jim Cullum Jazz Band drummer Hal Smith discusses unique aspects of Pollack’s drumming style and the Band plays tunes from the Pollack repertoire.

Oct 17th, 2015: Jazz Goes to the Movies: A Look at Jazz Music & Musicians in Film

From ‘soundies’ and ‘musical shorts’ to full-length Hollywood movies, jazz and jazz musicians were featured in many films from the 1920s through the 50s. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band performs hot jazz from movie soundtracks, and writer Scott Yanow, author of Jazz on Film, offers favorite picks for viewing classic jazz in film.

Oct 24th, 2015: Melancholy Blues: Clarinetist Johnny Dodds

Clarinetist Johnny Dodds, known for his soulful, bluesy playing style heard on numerous seminal recordings, including Armstrong’s Hot Fives, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band and Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, influenced generations of clarinet players. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and guest clarinetist Evan Christopher pay tribute to this New Orleans giant.

Oct 31st, 2015: After Hours with Piano Legend Dick Hyman

The iconic jazzman Dick Hyman is a legendary pianist, organist, arranger, music director and composer. Hyman 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.

Previous Programs

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Oct 3rd, 2015: Bing & Louis: A Pocketful of Dreams with Author Gary Giddins

Louis Armstrong called Bing Crosby a “natural genius.” Bing, in return, referred to Armstrong as “the greatest pop singer in the world.” Author Gary Giddins joins host David Holt to discuss the long friendship between two of America’s celebrated musical icons, as The Jim Cullum Jazz Band performs music of Armstrong and Crosby.

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.

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 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.

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