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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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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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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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