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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.

May 16
RW #20  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.

May 23
RW #21  20th Anniversary Revisited: It Ain't Over Till the Fat Man Swings

Revisit the 20th anniversary of Riverwalk Jazz. It’s a rip-roaring party featuring piano man Dick Hyman and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band with the music of composer and keyboard genius Fats Waller. Jumpin’ tunes, rare stories — even a 1943 radio interview with Fats.

May 30
Harlem to Hollywood: The Music of Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen could have secured his place in songwriting history with just one tune: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” But there are so many more. Hear the Jim Cullum Jazz Band perform this esteemed composer’s unforgettable classics, and listen to rare interview clips of Arlen himself.

June 6
Beautiful Changes: The Whiteman Years

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band explores the pivotal role of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and cornet ace Bix Beiderbecke in American music of the 1920. There were changes indeed — many that stemmed from Beiderbecke’s taste for improv.

June 13
Diga Diga Do: Jazz Standards of Jimmy McHugh
Songwriter Jimmy McHugh has been called a “one-man history of 20th-century popular music” — and may be best known for his work with Dorothy Fields. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends get together to perform McHugh classics like “Diga Diga Doand “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

June 20
I Wish I Were Twins: The Fats Waller Bluebird Sessions
RCA’s Bluebird label hit it big when it signed Fats Waller. He recorded 500 sides in less than eight years! And the fans snapped up the discs as fast as they were pressed. Piano man Dick Hyman and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate the Fats Waller Bluebird sessions.
June 27
Class of ’29: Jazz on the Move from Chicago to New York

The year was 1929. Jazz was on the move from Chicago to New York — from Harlem to Broadway to small cabarets. Join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their special guests as they play the music of Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and other standout members of the Class of ’29.

July 4
Riverwalk Jazz BBQ: The Lazy Days of Summer

Nothing says July like a barbecue on a lazy afternoon. The weather’s hot, the drinks are cold, and — thanks to the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and some special guests — the music is just right.

July 11
Keeping It Hot: The Jim Cullum Jazz Band with Trumpeter Bria Skonberg and Clarinetist Dave Bennett
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band jams with trumpeter Bria Skonberg and clarinetist Dave Bennett — 20-somethings who are taking up the torch of vintage jazz and keeping the music hot for a new generation.

July 18
Riverwalk Jazz Hall of Fame: Legends at The Landing
There are legends at The Landing as a trio of jazz greats join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band onstage. Trumpeter Doc Cheatham, bassist Bob Haggart  and vocalist Joe Williams have stories to tell — and a batch of terrific tunes, too.

July 25
Hot Jazz Down Under: Gems from Aussie Jazzman Bob Barnard

The spotlight is on Australian cornetist Bob Barnard, longtime friend and “musical soul mate” of bandleader Jim Cullum. From hot jazz to sweet ballads, the two share tunes and swap stories about their lives in jazz.

August 1
Sophisticated Ladies and Red-Hot Mammas

Heartbreakers, man-takers, vamps, tramps  and the girl next door — through the decades, they've all shown up in song. Topsy Chapman joins the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to explore the feminine mystique and sing tunes of sophisticated ladies and red-hot mammas.

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