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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

Oct 25th, 2014: Keyboard Wizard: Art Tatum

Piano virtuoso Shelly Berg and Broadway veteran Vernel Bagneris team up with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a tribute to pioneering keyboard wizard Art Tatum. The jazz pianist set a new standard in the 1930s — playing faster, cleaner and more imaginatively than anyone thought possible.

Nov 1st, 2014: A Night at Nick's: Hot Jazz in the Big Apple

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and longtime fans revisit Nick’s Steak House, the Greenwich Village nightspot where for almost three decades veteran jazzmen like Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon and Muggsy Spanier wowed the crowds that gathered to hear hot jazz in the Big Apple.

Nov 8th, 2014: Class of 1930: Surviving on a Song

In 1930 money problems affected everyone. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends perform Depression-era music from movies, theater, and radio — tunes that kept Americans entertained while they made do with less.

Nov 15th, 2014: Sweet Thunder: Piano Virtuoso Shelly Berg and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Favorites like “Jubilee Stomp” and “Just One of Those Things” are on tap as piano ace and Concord recording artist Shelly Berg teams up with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a no-holds-barred jam session of jazz standards.

Nov 22nd, 2014: Goodman, Shaw and Dorsey: Big Band Leaders and Their Small Combos

Beginning in 1935 a handful of swing-era big bands formed smaller groups — the Benny Goodman Trio, Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five and Tommy Dorsey & His Clambake Seven. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guests let loose with “Slipped Disc,” “Scuttlebutt,” “At the Codfish Ball” and other popular tunes recorded by those combos.

Nov 29th, 2014: Sage Hen Strut with Frim Fram Sauce & Other Jazz Delicacies

Whether celebrating gustatory pleasures or racy double entendre, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends serve up a banquet of jazz tunes for this season of feasts.

Dec 6th, 2014: A New Generation: Clarinetist Virtuoso Dave Bennett

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and clarinet phenom Dave Bennett, described as an authentic musical prodigy, explore the legacy of Benny Goodman and the infectious sounds of swing.

Dec 13th, 2014: Licorice Stick Gumbo: The Masters of New Orleans Jazz Clarinet

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes clarinet dynamo Evan Christopher as they spotlight the rich legacy of jazz clarinet players from the Crescent City.

Dec 20th, 2014: Swinging on a Riff: The Legacy of the Benny Goodman Sextet

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band salutes the Benny Goodman Sextet, which originally started as a quintet — that’s until Charlie Christian and his electric guitar came along. Included are featured performances by clarinetists Ron Hockett and Allan Vaché, with Harry Allen on sax.

Dec 27th, 2014: Songstress Nina Ferro: Live in Concert with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Soulful songstress Nina Ferro has a quality of tone, an honest emotion, and a technique that make her performances nothing short of inspirational. Her energetic style and musical grace shine through as she joins the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a concert of jazz standards and sultry ballads.

Previous Programs

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Oct 18th, 2014: The Great Innovator: Clarinetist Benny Goodman

Reedmen 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 is credited with transforming 20s-style hot jazz into swing, and setting off a pop craze that spanned the Great Depression and World War II.

Oct 11th, 2014: The Test of Time: A Century of Song

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band puts their infectious spin on rags, parlor songs and spirituals composed a century or more ago. Explore the roots of hot jazz from Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag to the third most popular song in America, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” It’s a century of songs — ones that have clearly stood the test of time.

Oct 4th, 2014: Butterbeans & Susie: A Vaudeville Cabaret

Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris and vocalist Topsy Chapman bring back the comedy of Butterbeans and Susie, one of the great teams of black vaudeville. For nearly half a century, they sang, danced, and spoofed their way across America. Join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a vaudeville cabaret.

Sep 27th, 2014: Let's Talk Jazz: A Conversation with Gary Giddins

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes jazz critic and award-winning author Gary Giddins to discuss his book Jazz, which navigates through 100 years of the music, from New Orleans through swing, bebop and beyond.

Song Travels