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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.

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.

January 2
Marty Grosz: Legend of Jazz Rhythm Guitar

Marty Grosz is one of today's foremost jazz rhythm guitarists and chord soloists. He is one of few major jazz guitarists who do not use an amplifier. Grosz’ driving guitar rhythm is evidenced in lively performances with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band.

January 9
Swinging the Band: The Pops Foster Story

Starting out as riverboat tuba player, George ‘Pops’ Foster went on to help revolutionize the sound of jazz rhythm. Portraying the New Orleans jazzman, actor Vernel Bagneris joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to tell the story of bass pioneer George ‘Pops’ Foster.

January 16
After Hours with Piano Legend Dick Hyman

The iconic Dick Hyman—pianist, organist, arranger, music director and composer—joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and demonstrates his amazing talent on tunes from composer Hoagy Carmichael and pianists Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams and more.

January 23
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.

January 30
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.


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