Women of the Harlem Renaissance
In Jazz Age Harlem, the rise of black culture produced talents like Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington. But this “Black Renaissance” wasn’t limited to men. Actress Carol Woods joins the Jim Cullum Jazz Band as they introduce the artistic, fascinating women that launched New York’s great social revolution of the 1920s.
Not Just Another Pretty Face: “Girl Singers” of the Swing Era
So-called “girl singers” like Helen Humes, Ivie Anderson and Billie Holiday first made their mark working with Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Count Basie and other bandleaders. But they soon became legendary vocalists in their own right, proving that they were not just another pretty face.
All the Cats Join In: Catherine Russell in Concert
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band keeps America’s rich jazz tradition alive with the rhythms of hot jazz, swing and the blues as they share the stage with pianist Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell — “the real deal,” according to jazz critic Nat Hentoff.
RW #13 A Night at Bricktop’s: Jazz in 1930s’ Montmartre
Vernel Bagneris and Topsy Chapman join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to perform music from Montmartre’s bohemian jazz scene in the 1930s. And they celebrate Ada “Bricktop” Smith, the red-haired American chanteuse who taught Paris how to Charleston.
Clarinet Marmalade: Hot Jazz to Smooth Ballads
Clarinet takes center stage as Ron Hockett, Ken Peplowski, Allan Vaché, and Evan Christopher join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to swap stories about their careers with this most versatile of woodwinds. They’re cooking up a clarinet marmalade — hot jazz, smooth ballads, and more.
Deuce Ambience: The Jazz Guitar of Marty Grosz and Howard Alden
The guitar. Portable, popular, and sheer magic in the right hands — like those of Lonnie Johnson or Eddie Lang, Carl Kress or Django Reinhardt. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes Marty Grosz and Howard Alden to talk jazz guitar and the legendary players who made magic with the instrument.
Inventive Mr. Edison: The Life and Music of Harry “Sweets” Edison
His name was Harry, but everyone called him Sweets — Harry "Sweets" Edison, the trumpet wizard who's spare, blues-rooted solos gave the Count Basie Band that unmistakable sound. Join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band as they reflect on the life and music of the inventive Mr. Edison.
Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes Maggie Condon, who shares a wealth of stories on the subject of her famous father: Eddie Condon — guitarist, bandleader, writer, and wisecracker. Don’t miss the music and memories about this remarkable musician, truly a Renaissance man of jazz.
Swinging at the Pearl
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their special guests, vocalist Catherine Russell and piano legend Dick Hyman, hold a late-night jam session. They’re swinging at the Pearl — San Antonio’s historic Pearl Stable, once a 19th-century lodging for horses; today a landmark venue.
Bing & Louis: A Pocketful of Dreams with 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 David Holt to discuss the lasting friendship between two of America’s most celebrated musical icons.
RW #20 Crazy Rhythm: Red Nichols and His Five Pennies
Ace cornetist Red Nichols racked up thousands of recordings in the 1920s alone, leading dozens of small groups. He was creative, influential, and as hardworking as they come. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band cooks up a batch of crazy rhythm with the music of Red Nichols and His Five Pennies.
RW #21 20th Anniversary Revisited: It Ain't Over Till the Fat Man Swings
Revisit the 20th anniversary of Riverwalk Jazz. It’s a rip-roaring party featuring piano man Dick Hyman and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band with the music of composer and keyboard genius Fats Waller. Jumpin’ tunes, rare stories — even a 1943 radio interview with Fats.
Harlem to Hollywood: The Music of Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen could have secured his place in songwriting history with just one tune: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” But there are so many more. Hear the Jim Cullum Jazz Band perform this esteemed composer’s unforgettable classics, and listen to rare interview clips of Arlen himself.