This Month on Riverwalk Jazz
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Presents
1/5 Fifty Years On Stage with Jim Cullum
Acclaimed New Orleans blues singer Topsy Chapman and Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris explore the days of vaudeville under the big top when traveling tent shows led by “Ma” Rainey and Bessie Smith toured the South.
Piano virtuoso and Concord recording artist Shelly Berg and Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris pay tribute to jazz pianist Art Tatum, who set new standards for jazz piano in the 30s by expanding the instrument’s technical and harmonic horizons.
Jazz critic Nat Hentoff calls vocalist Catherine Russell “the real deal.” Vocalist Russell and guest Dick Hyman join the Band to celebrate hot jazz and blues—on stage at the Pearl Stable in San Antonio.
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 in San Antonio and elsewhere (see item below).
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Jim Cullum Jazz Band January Calendar
While The Landing is undergoing a long-planned remodel, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band takes the opportunity to play at venues throughout San Antonio.
MONDAYS at SOHO10pm — 2am
Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
214 W Crockett St, San Antonio
TUESDAYS at TUCKER’S
9pm — Midnight
Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
1338 E Houston St, San Antonio
WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS at BOHANAN’S
Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26
219 E Houston St, San Antonio
2ND & 4TH FRIDAYS at the LIBERTY BAR
Free swing dance lesson at 7pm
Live music at 8pm
Jan. 13 & 27
111 S Alamo St, San Antonio
Donations welcome to the San Antonio Swing Dance Society www.saswing.org
Jim Cullum Jazz Band
Riverwalk Jazz launches its year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Jim Cullum Jazz Band with a broadcast recorded live at The Tobin Estate at Oakwell Farm in San Antonio. The festivities begin with a radio show featuring special guest Dick Hyman and stories of bandleader and cornetist Jim Cullum’s 50-year career in music, live on-the-air and online January 5th.
“St. Louis Blues” Short Film
Watch this short 1929 film featuring Bessie Smith acting and singing in a dramatization of WC Handy’s “St. Louis Blues.” It is the only film footage that exists of the “Empress of the Blues.”
Art Tatum Featured on NPR’s Jazz Profiles
Listen to jazz greats Oscar Peterson, Billy Taylor, Hank Jones, Jon Hendricks, and Tatum biographer James Lester recount their personal memories of the great pianist.
Louis Armstrong’s Neighbor Dies
The New York Times on December 14 reported the death of Selma Heraldo, 88, who lived her entire life in a house next to where Louis Armstrong and his wife lived beginning in 1943 until their passing. The Armstrongs’ house is now the Louis Armstrong House Museum.
Where to Hear Live Jazz
Information on live performances by your favorite guest artists appearing on Riverwalk Jazz.
Be sure to check the 23rd Tribute to Bix Fest March 8-11, 2012 CLICK HERE for details.
- Dick Hyman courtesy the artist
- Bessie Smith believed to be in the public domain
- Art Tatum courtesy last.fm
- Catherine Russell courtesy the artist
- Jim Cullum courtesy Riverwalk Jazz
- Jim Cullum by Jamie Karutz
- Art Tatum courtesy NPR