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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.

February 20
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.

February 27
Reluctant Genius of Jazz: Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw won accolades for his amazing talent on clarinet, but developed a reputation as an unpredictable and “reluctant” musical genius. Host David Holt welcomes Tom Nolan, author of the Shaw biography Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake, to discuss the music and mystique of one of America’s most celebrated jazz musicians.

March 6
Blues Queens, Cakewalkin’ Babies & Songbirds
In honor of National Women’s History Month, Riverwalk celebrates ‘first ladies of classic jazz’ as Carol Woods joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band in a salute to Bessie, Billie, Ella, Ethel and more.

March 13
Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm: Maxine Sullivan at 100
The chanteuse of chamber jazz Maxine Sullivan brought her gentle sense of swing to the ballads, folk songs, and light classics she interpreted in a jazz style. Vocalist Rebecca Kilgore and The Jim Cullum Jazz Band honor Sullivan on her 100th birthday with songs she made famous—“Make Someone Happy” and her biggest hit, “Loch Lomond.”

March 20
Class of ‘39: Lindy Hop Down the Yellow Brick Road
In 1939 America’s top dance bands broadcast live from radio’s Make Believe Ballroom. Americans danced the Lindy Hop in the height of swing fever. And The Wizard of Oz raised the art of the film score to new standards with the talented team of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and guests visit America’s post-Depression culture, performing 1939 pop tunes.

March 27
Feelin’ the Spirit: The Luis Russell Story
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band returns to San Antonio’s Pearl Stable with pianist Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell, daughter of Luis Russell, whose early recordings are considered classic examples of early swing music.

April 3
Lester Leaps In: The President of Tenor Sax
They called him Prez: Lester Young, President of the Tenor Sax. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band — along with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Topsy Chapman, and more — perform tunes he made famous. And Vernel Bagneris adds accounts Young’s career — from the tent show circuit to stardom on the bandstands of Kansas City.

April 10
Django's Gypsy Swing with the Hot Club of San Francisco

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and the Hot Club of San Francisco, featuring guitarist Paul Mehling, explore of the infectious music of Django Reinhardt. Today, more than 60 years after his death, the gypsy guitarist and composer continues to inspire musicians and music lovers.

April 17
Swinging at The Pearl: Catherine Russell, Dick Hyman, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band

At San Antonio’s landmark Pearl Stable, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes piano legend Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell to their late-night jam session of hot jazz, swing, and the blues.

April 24
The Rise and Fall of Joe “King” Oliver

Joe “King” Oliver put the “hot” in hot jazz. Through his personal letters, read by stage legend William Warfield, the rise and fall of Oliver’s career comes to life. And cornetist Leon Oakley and tubist Mike Walbridge join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to turn up the heat with a collection of 1920s classics.

May 1
The Great Innovator: Clarinetist Benny Goodman

Reed men Allan Vaché and Harry Allen, and vibists John Cocuzzi and Lionel Hampton join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate a kid from Chicago who would change the face of American popular music: Benny Goodman, credited with transforming ’20s-style hot jazz into swing, and setting off a pop craze that spanned the Great Depression and World War II.

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