This Month on Riverwalk Jazz
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Presents
8/4 Swing That Music: Memories of Louis Armstrong
Celebrate Louis Armstrong’s official birthday as Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris brings to life the writings and music of the man who taught the world to swing.
8/11 Skylark: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael
Live from San Francisco’s historic Filoli Gardens, singer Stephanie Nakasian and piano legend Dick Hyman in a concert devoted to the music of Hoagy Carmichael, including “Washboard Blues” and “Stardust.”
8/18 Battle of the Bands: New Orleans vs San Antonio
Banu Gibson and The New Orleans Hot Jazz in a classic jazz battle with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Special guest—tap dance sensation Savion Glover—mixes it up and stage legend William Warfield referees the contest.
8/25 Lester Leaps In: The President of Tenor Sax
In honor of Lester Young’s August birthday, actor and singer Vernel Bagneris interprets Young’s first-person accounts. Tenor man Harry Allen and singer Topsy Chapman perform tunes Young made famous.
Note: Riverwalk Jazz public radio broadcasts are recorded in advance of air dates. Listings do not reflect appearances by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band at The Landing. Find the JCJB concert calendar here.
by John Edward Haase
Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2011 AllAboutJazz.com and John Edward Haase
If Cole Porter and George Gershwin penned the soundtrack of the city, then Hoagy Carmichael was the voice of America’s heartland. His best-known songs are now American standards: “Stardust,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Heart and Soul”…. Carmichael’s career lasted four decades, and he penned hundreds of songs.
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On the Road with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band
To find out when The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is coming to your town in 2011, and for a schedule of live performances at The Landing in San Antonio, TX, view our event calendar.
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Where to Hear Live Jazz
Information on live performances by your favorite guest artists appearing on Riverwalk Jazz.
- Early publicity photo of Louis Armstrong, believed to be in the public domain.
- Hoagy Carmichael courtesy songbook1.wordpress.com.
- Savion Glover with Jim Cullum at the Zaragoza Theater, San Antonio courtesy Riverwalk Jazz.
- Lester Young courtesy University Missouri, Kansas City.
- Hoagy Carmichael courtesy allaboutjazz.com.
- Jim Cullum courtesy Riverwalk Jazz.
- Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire courtesy
- Lester Young CD cover courtesy allaboutjazz.com
- Landing sign courtesy Riverwalk Jazz
He Just Had to Move
Book Review by Will Friedwald. Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal © July 9, 2011 Dow Jones & Company. All rights reserved.
Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire and Jazz
By Todd Decker
California, 375 pages
Fred Astaire chafed at his public image as a musical matinee idol. In one 1959 television special, he appears in an old-fashioned top hat and tailcoat—the very garb that was his cinema signature—but makes a point of telling the audience how much he dislikes it. “You know, it’s a funny thing, I always hate to get into these things,” he says, “but once they’re on, I loathe them!” More >>
Lester Young: 100 Years – Forever Young – August 2010
By Chris Mosley
Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2011 AllAboutJazz.com and Chris Mosley
In October 1944, Lester Young, one of the most influential saxophonists in jazz, was inducted into the US army. In the 15 months that followed he was subjected to blatant racial prejudice then court martialed for possession of marijuana and alcohol and sentenced to a year in a detention barracks. He returned to civilian life severely traumatized. As a result, the received wisdom is it’s not worth listening to recordings made by Young after his discharge.
Jazz Fest at Sea 2011
If you’re a fan of Swing, Classic Jazz, Chicago Jazz, Traditional Jazz, and The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, plan to be on board the Jazz Fest at Sea this coming October 22-29—one of the premier jazz cruises of the year. The ship, the MSC Poeisa, departs from New York to Canada/New England for 7-nights of jazz and fun. Not only will you have your choice of performances each evening of the cruise, but you are also invited to the afternoon sessions on our day at sea.
The website looks wonderful! Any chance of a Podcast link becoming available? Thanks! —Bill Patterson
Riverwalk Jazz Producer Margaret Moos Pick Responds:
Bill, thanks for your kind words about the new website. Sorry to say that we cannot offer podcasts of Riverwalk Jazz. Most of the tunes the Jim Cullum Jazz Band performs on the radio show are held under copyrights that we don’t control. Like most music shows, we face thorny rights issues when it comes to offering downloadable podcasts. We can stream the radio shows but we can’t provide any downloadable forms of the broadcasts.
I don’t know if Riverwalk takes requests for rebroadcasts, but I was wondering if you could consider rebroadcasting last year’s program “Swinging at the Pearl: Catherine Russell, Dick Hyman & The Jim Cullum Jazz Band.” —Theodore Goodman
Theodore, yes it will be broadcast before the end of this year.