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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.


July 3
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.

July 10
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.

July 17
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.

July 24
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.

July 31
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.

August 7
At the Jazz Band Ball: Jazz Classics Live from the Stanford Jazz Workshop
Here’s a high-energy concert of red-hot traditional jazz classics from old New Orleans and 1920s Chicago. Join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and clarinetist Evan Christopher as they perform at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

August 14
Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart: Swinging with the Bob Cats
Trumpeter Yank Lawson and bassist Bob Haggart — star soloists of the Bob Cats — join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band at The Landing for rare, live performances from the repertoire of Bob Crosby’s highly acclaimed, hard-swinging band.

August 21
World on Seven Strings: The Life of Jazz Guitar Master Bucky Pizzarelli
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes guitar master Bucky Pizzarelli. He performs some favorite tunes and shares colorful stories of his early days, from playing guitar in his parents’ grocery to touring with Stéphane Grappelli.  

August 28
Gulf Coast Blues: The Clarence Williams Story
Clarence Williams certainly led a fascinating life — as an iconic record producer who brought the talents of Bessie Smith and Sidney Bechet to mainstream audiences, or as a hustler who stole the rights to top-selling jazz tunes. Topsy Chapman and Vernel Bagneris join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to explore the story of this memorable musician.

September 4
Crescent City Stomp: Mardi Gras Celebration
They call New Orleans “the Cradle of Jazz.” And as the saying goes, “The hand that rocks the cradle, rocks the nation” — in this case, the world. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band presents a concert honoring the music and musicians of New Orleans, past and present.

September 11
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.

September 18
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.

September 25
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.

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