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Riverwalk Jazz

Fridays, 2:06pm

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Riverwalk Jazz LogoRiverwalk Jazz presents captivating shows that tell the story of jazz in America. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band’s music covers the genre’s early years—from turn-of-the-century blues and cakewalks, to the small swing ensembles of the 1920s and ‘30s. Hosts are the award-winning storyteller David Holt and bandleader Jim Cullum. Each weekly episode of Riverwalk Jazz presents music and narratives, spotlighting renowned artists such as Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, Dick Hyman, Nicholas Payton, Nina Ferro and Carol Woods.

September 12
Ride, Red, Ride: New Orleans Trumpeter Henry 'Red' Allen Jr. New Orleans trumpeter Henry 'Red' Allen Jr. made a name for himself on the 1930s¿ New York jazz scene as a hot trumpet soloist, singer, and entertainer. He later went on to hold a long residency as bandleader at Manhattan's famed Metropole Café in Times Square. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guests tell the story and perform tunes from Allen's long career.

September 12
Remembering Ralph Sutton: Long Way From St. Louis. Stride piano legend Ralph Sutton visits The Landing and demonstrates his impeccable sense of rhythm, his robust piano style, and his melodic innovations in performance with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Between sets, Sutton talks about his life in music from playing in his hometown St. Louis, and regular appearances on the This is Jazz radio series, to a long stint as intermission pianist in the clubs of Greenwich Village.

September 26
Let’s Talk Jazz: A Conversation with Gary Giddins. The progression of jazz and its lasting affect on American culture is the focus. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes jazz critic and award-winning author Gary Giddins to discuss his new book, Jazz, which navigates through 100 years of the music, from New Orleans through swing, bebop and beyond.

October 3
Butterbeans & Susie: A Vaudeville Cabaret. Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris and internationally acclaimed vocalist, Topsy Chapman, team up with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to bring back the rollicking days of vaudeville and the comedy team of Butterbeans & Susie.

October 10
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. Tune in to find out how Scott Joplin composed his ‘American institution,’ Maple Leaf Rag in 1897, how the dance craze ‘Cakewalk’ was touted a “sex dance” by the Press, and a man who never went to a ballgame wrote the third most popular song in America, Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

October 17
The Great Innovator: Clarinetist Benny Goodman. Reedmen Allan Vache and Harry Allen, with vibists John Cocuzzi and Lionel Hampton, join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate the young Jewish boy from Chicago who changed the face of popular music in America. Benny Goodman is credited with transforming 20s¿style hot jazz into swing and set off a pop craze that spanned the Great Depression and WWII.

October 24
3 Keyboard Wizard. Art Tatum Piano virtuoso and Concord recording artist Shelly Berg and Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a tribute to pioneering jazz pianist Art Tatum. Tatum set a new standard in the 1930s—playing faster, cleaner and more imaginatively than anyone thought possible.¿

October 31
A Night at Nick’s: Hot Jazz in the Big Apple. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and some longtime fans revisit Nick’s Steak House in Greenwich Village, where for almost three decades veteran jazzmen like Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier and Pee Wee Russell played, and crowds gathered to hear classic hot, improvised jazz.

November 7
Class of 1930: Surviving on a Song. In 1930 everyone was affected by the Great Depression. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends perform tunes from movies, theater and radio that kept Americans entertained while they made do with less.

November 14
Sweet Thunder: Pianist Shelly Berg & The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. 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 including Jubilee Stomp and Just One of Those Things.

November 21
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.

November 28
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 the season of feasts.

December 5
A New Generation: The Jim Cullum Jazz Band & Clarinet Virtuoso Dave Bennett. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and clarinet ‘phenomenon’ Dave Bennett, described as an authentic musical prodigy, explore the legacy of Benny Goodman and the infectious sounds of Swing.

December 12
Licorice Stick Gumbo: The Masters of New Orleans Clarinet. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guest, clarinet dynamo Evan Christopher, spotlight the rich legacy of jazz clarinet players from the Crescent City.

December 19
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.

December 26
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.

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