This Month on Riverwalk Jazz
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Presents
12/1 A Night at Nick’s: Hot Jazz in the Big Apple
Longtime fans revisit Nick’s Steak House in Greenwich Village, where for almost three decades veteran jazzmen like Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier and Pee Wee Russell played and crowds gathered to hear hot jazz.
12/8 Feelin’ the Spirit: The Luis Russell Story
Luis Russell led one of the first swing bands in the early 1930s in New York. Celebrating his legacy are piano master Dick Hyman and Russell’s daughter, vocalist Catherine Russell.
12/15 Show Boat: Original Jazz Transcription
In an encore presentation recorded in 1995, The Band offers a jazz interpretation of Jerome Kern’s majestic score from the ground-breaking 1927 Broadway show. Theater legend William Warfield reads excerpts from the original novel by Edna Ferber.
12/22 Silver Shoes & Green Spectacles: A Jazz Interpretation of The Wizard of Oz
Actor Vernel Bagneris returns to the Emerald City with a script from L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel. The musical arrangements by John Sheridan are based on Harold Arlen’s 1939 movie score.
12/29 Last Call Late Night Jam: Live From the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee
End the year on a high note with this sizzling hot late-night jam session, captured at what Jim Cullum calls “shank of the night.” Musical guests are trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, drummer Hal Smith and the great Florida trombonist Bill Allred.
Note: Riverwalk Jazz public radio broadcasts are recorded well in advance of air dates. The above listings do not reflect live appearances by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band at The Landing and elsewhere.
Stay in Touch with Jim Cullum
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New Year’s Eve With The Jim Cullum Jazz Band
Ring in the New Year with Jim and the Band at the Boardwalk Bistro in San Antonio. The evening is open to the public. Reservations are not required, however they are recommended. The Boardwalk Bistro is located at 4011 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. To reserve your table, call 210-824-0100 or visit their website here for more information, menus and a map.
Where to Hear Live Jazz
Information on live performances by your favorite guest artists appearing on Riverwalk Jazz.
- Nick’s in Greenwich Village exterior courtesy Jim Cullum
- Luis Russell and daughter Catherine courtesy Catherine Russell
- William Warfield in 1951 MGM motion picture, Show Boat
- Still photo from 1939 motion picture, The Wizard of Oz
- Bill Allred courtesy the artist
- Inside Nick’s Photo courtesy Hank O’Neal
- Jerome Kern, from Jerome Kern, His Life and Music.
- Harold Arlen early publicity photo courtesy last.fm
- Landing sign on the Riverwalk in San Antonio courtesy Don Mopsick
Stories From Nick’s
Dick Hyman says: “Nick’s in the ’30s was a good-time place, a place where you went for steaks and to listen to Dixieland music, and also if you were in the know, as I was trying very hard to be, to hear some of the very best players in New York City.
Jerome Kern and Jazz
Music composed by Jerome Kern has been popular with jazz artists for so long it’s hard to imagine how horrified Kern was by the liberties jazz interpreters took with his finely-crafted melodies.
In 1924 Kern issued a statement calling jazz interpretations of his songs “fraudulent imitations.” And he demanded that there should be a law to protect musical works. He wrote, “The composer should be able to protect his score just as an author does his manuscript.”
Tributes to Harold Arlen
by Samuel Arlen, courtesy of the Official Harold Arlen Website
If you look at all of the songs that Harold Arlen has composed, it is obvious to see how prolific a songwriter he was. But if you listen to his songs—and this is the key—you will know the type of person that he was….
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