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Riverwalk Jazz

Fridays, 2:06pm

Program Website: http://www.riverwalkjazz.org/

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.

May 15
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.

May 22
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.

May 29
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!

June 5
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.

June 12
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.

June 19
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.
                      
June 26
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.

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.


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