Deuce Ambience: The Jazz Guitar of Marty Grosz and Howard Alden
The guitar. Portable, popular, and sheer magic in the right hands — like those of Lonnie Johnson or Eddie Lang, Carl Kress or Django Reinhardt. 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.
Inventive Mr. Edison: The Life and Music of Harry “Sweets” Edison
His name was Harry, but everyone called him Sweets — Harry "Sweets" Edison, the trumpet wizard who's spare, blues-rooted solos gave the Count Basie Band that unmistakable sound. Join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band as they reflect on the life and music of the inventive Mr. Edison.
Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes Maggie Condon, who shares a wealth of stories on the subject of her famous father: Eddie Condon — guitarist, bandleader, writer, and wisecracker. Don’t miss the music and memories about this remarkable musician, truly a Renaissance man of jazz.
Swinging at the Pearl
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their special guests, vocalist Catherine Russell and piano legend Dick Hyman, hold a late-night jam session. They’re swinging at the Pearl — San Antonio’s historic Pearl Stable, once a 19th-century lodging for horses; today a landmark venue.
Bing & Louis: A Pocketful of Dreams with Gary Giddins
Louis Armstrong called Bing Crosby a “natural genius.” Bing, in return, referred to Armstrong as “the greatest pop singer in the world.” Author Gary Giddins joins David Holt to discuss the lasting friendship between two of America’s most celebrated musical icons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Do” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
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.
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.