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The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Presents…
Vocalists Nina Ferro, Carol Woods and Becky Kilgore join the Band to present music of Harold Arlen, composer of jazz standards “Stormy Weather” and “I’ve Got the World on a String,” and more. Included are rare interview clips of Arlen speaking about his music.
The Cullum Band performs music of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and James P. Johnson in an evocative concert of jazz and poetry. Special guests include stage legend William Warfield with masterful readings of Langston Hughes’ poetry along with Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris and piano master Dick Hyman.
A trio of ‘dynamic duos’ turn up the heat. Trumpeter Nicholas Payton teams up with vocalist Topsy Chapman on tunes from New Orleans’ Spencer Williams. Jazz fiddler Andy Stein and guitarist Marty Grosz take on the music of Joe Venuti’s Blue Four. Cornetist Leon Oakley and tuba player Mike Walbridge play classics from the 1920s.
Special guests Dick Hyman and Rebecca Kilgore join the Cullum Band to celebrate the Fats Waller ‘Bluebird Sessions.’ Tunes include “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” and “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.”
San Antonio’s historic ‘Pearl’, once a 19th century lodging for the brewery’s draft horses, is now a landmark venue and a perfect spot for a late-night jam session. Vocalist Catherine Russell and pianist Dick Hyman join in the fun and take the stage with the Band.
“It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie,” one of the hundreds of records made by Fats Waller and His Rhythm in the 1930s for the low-cost “race” label, RCA Bluebird. Read the JazzNotes at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound>>
The 16th Annual Jazz at Chautauqua runs Thursday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 at the Athenaeum Hotel on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York state. See Riverwalk Jazz regulars Duke Heitger, Dan Barrett, John -Erik Kellso, Andy Stein, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz and Rebecca Kilgore. Read More>>
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Cat Russell and Dick Hyman on Alec Wilder
“South to a Warmer Place” recorded at The Pearl in San Antonio on May 27, 2010 as part of a live Riverwalk Jazz show for national broadcast (see item at lower left). The Grammy award-winning Catherine Russell, daughter of bandleader Luis Russell and guitarist/bassist Carlene Ray, is one of a handful of contemporary singers specializing in classic jazz and blues.
Carline Ray, one of the great jazz pioneers, an activist in women’s rights, a performer, including being a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an educator, and an active member of Saint Peter’s Church, died at Isabella House in Manhattan on July 18. She was 88 years old.
Carline is survived by her daughter, Catherine Russell, also a great musician. Read more>>
Langston Hughes on The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Poet Langston Hughes was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, “when Harlem was in vogue.”
Listen to this audio clip of Hughes talking about the genesis of one of his most famous poems, The Negro Speaks of Rivers. The clip, taken from a Folkways recording, is served by Poets.org.
Classic Jazz Caribbean Cruise with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Fall 2013
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and Riverwalk Jazz artists Warren and Allan Vaché, and guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli top the bill for 7 nights of traditional jazz and swing aboard the MSC Divina, leaving from Miami November 30, with stops in the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cozumel.
Bring your instrument to jam on board with the New Orleans Nighthawks. Call now to reserve your stateroom at 800.654.8090 www.jazzfestatsea.com
- Arlen w/Wizard cast June 1939 courtesy Yip Harburg Estate
- Cotton Club Ext 1920 courtesy NFO.net
- Guitarist Marty Grosz courtesy Tri State Jazz Society
- 1939 Bluebird record label courtesy Retro Today at flickr.com
- Catherine Russell at Pearl Stable by Jamie Karutz
- Duke Heitger courtesy of the artist
- Carline Ray photo courtesy Jazz Promo Services
- Langston Hughes courtesy Red Hot Jazz Archive.