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The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Salutes the Legends
Jazz Appreciation Month kicks off with the story and music of Bessie Smith, the “Empress of the Blues.” Hear New Orleans blueswoman Topsy Chapman sing “Gimme a Pig Foot” recorded live at The Landing.
Piano legend Hyman, a great jazz stylist in his own right, is also famous for capturing the essence of iconic jazz pianists through the decades. Vocalist Topsy Chapman joins Hyman to celebrate his renowned career in jazz.
In this encore presentation, Milt ‘the Judge’ Hinton shares memories of his life in music from his early days playing on Chicago’s South Side to his illustrious career as a New York studio musician.
Ed Berger, a director at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, discusses Carter’s contribution to jazz and his role as an architect of the Swing Era. Featured are rare recordings of Benny Carter with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band recorded live at The Landing.
Note: Riverwalk Jazz public radio broadcasts are recorded in advance of air dates. Broadcast program listings do not reflect live appearances by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. You can find the JCJB concert calendar here.
Our friend, the Grammy award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell is on the road this month in New York, with stops at the Kennedy Center, the historic Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, and the Palace Theatre in Syracuse presented in a Jazz Appreciation Month concert by our colleagues at radio station WAER. Check it out on Catherine Russell’s website. CLICK HERE
Stay in Touch with Jim Cullum
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Where to Hear Live Jazz
Information on live performances by your favorite guest artists appearing on Riverwalk Jazz. Regular Gigs
- Bessie Smith, 1920 courtesy Rudi Blesh
- Dick Hyman courtesy dickhyman.com
- Milt HInton courtesy of The Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection
- Benny Carter courtesy bennycarter.com
- Catherine Russell courtesy Catherine Russell
- Jim Cullum courtesy Riverwalk Jazz
- Nat Hentoff courtesy Nat Hentoff
- Jones Concert Hall courtesy Baylor University
- Clark Terry courtesy allaboutjazz.com
Five Best Books: Nat Hentoff on Jazz
Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal © February 18, 2012 Dow Jones & Company. All rights reserved.
Mr. Hentoff writes about Riverwalk Jazz guest artist Clark Terry: “As a leader and as a sideman with Duke Ellington and Count Basie, among other jazz royalty, this storytelling trumpet player was and remains a master teacher. He gave Quincy Jones his lessons, discovered the singularity of a kid in St. Louis named Miles Davis, and has become so iconic a teacher that to this day musicians here and in other nations travel to his home in Pine Bluff, Ark., for lessons.”
Baylor University President’s Concert
Playing With Fire
In a special afternoon and evening of music on Saturday April 21st, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band performs the renowned concerto “Playing with Fire” composed by Jim Cullum and Frank Ticheli; offers a free Master Class for area students and opens their rehearsal to the public.
- Open Rehearsal 1:30 – 3:30pm - free
- Master Class with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band 3:30 – 5pm - free
- Evening Performance 7:30pm
More than 30 musicians will gather for a concert at St. Peter’s Church at 619 Lexington Avenue on Monday, April 23 to help raise funds to cover the trumpet maestro’s ongoing medical expenses. Clark Terry plans to attend the concert via Skype.
Clark is recovering at home after successful amputation surgery. Writing in their blog, his wife Gwen notes, “On one of his most challenging days, I asked him what would make him feel better, and he said, ‘Love. All the love from you and everybody. It makes me feel like you still need me.’”
After a visit with Clark, one of his musician friends said, “Clark’s mind is as sharp as ever, he still has perfect embouchure, and he was buzzing a little (lip vibration exercises for strengthening chops).