Turk & Lu: West Coast Classic Jazz in Concert
A concert of West Coast classics in the style of cornetist Lu Watters and trombonist Turk Murphy. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band revisits The Dawn Club and Earthquake McGoon’s, San Francisco’s hotspots for the New Orleans jazz revival of the ’40s and ’50s.
Swinging on V-Disc: Jazz in WWII
A strike by the musicians’ union during World War II reduced new recordings by jazz artists. Troops overseas felt the pinch, and special releases called Victory Discs filled the need. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their guests tell the story of V-Discs and the musicians who made them.
Last-Call Late-Night Jam: Live From the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Trumpeter John-Erik Kellso, drummer Hal Smith, trombone great Bill Allred, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band keep the party going with a last-call, late-night jam from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Stand back. Things are going to heat up!
Deuce Ambience: Jazz Guitar with Marty Grosz and Howard Alden
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. The guitar: portable, popular, and dazzling in the hands of musicians like Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, or Django Reinhardt.
Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz
Maggie Condon joins the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and shares a wealth of stories about her famous father: Eddie Condon — guitarist, bandleader, writer, and wisecracker. Don’t miss the music and memories surrounding this remarkable musician, truly a Renaissance man of jazz.
Jazz Daddies: A Father's Day Celebration
In a celebration of Father’s Day, pianist Shelly Berg, guitarist John Pizzarelli, bandleader Jim Cullum — all sons of jazz daddies — share tender, humorous stories about their fathers. And they break out classic jazz tunes with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band.
Class of 1930: Surviving with a Song
In 1930, there was hardly anyone not plagued with money woes. Surviving with a song was a coping mechanism of the day. 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.
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.
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.
Empress of the Blues: The Life and Music of Bessie Smith
New Orleans vocalist Topsy Chapman joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Bandwith 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.
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.
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.