Boardwalk Empire Grammy Winners
Congratulations to Riverwalk Jazz guest—bandleader and bassist Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks for taking home a Grammy for ‘Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media’ for their work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire at the 54th Annual Grammy ceremony. Also part of the win, vocalist Catherine Russell and performances by band members Andy Stein and Jon-Erik Kellso.
This Month on Riverwalk Jazz
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Presents
3/8 Not Just Another Pretty Face: ‘Girl Singers’ of the Swing Era
Helen Humes, Ivie Anderson and Billie Holiday first made their mark working with bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw. They went on to break the “just another pretty face” stereotype and became legendary vocalists.
3/15 Reluctant Genius of Jazz: Artie Shaw
Bandleader Artie Shaw won accolades for his music and had a reputation for being unpredictable and wary of fame. Host David Holt welcomes Tom Nolan, author of the Shaw biography Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake on the Shaw legacy.
3/22 Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz
Special guest Maggie Condon joins author Hank O’Neal to talk about her famous father. Guitarist, nightclub owner and bandleader Eddie Condon was an iconic presence on the New York jazz scene from the 1930s-60s.
3/29 The Rise and Fall of Joe ‘King’ Oliver
Bandleader and cornetist King Oliver’s legacy comes to life through personal letters read by stage legend William Warfield. Cornetist Leon Oakley and tubist Mike Walbridge turn up the heat with classics of 1920s’ Oliver repertoire.
Note: Riverwalk Jazz public radio broadcasts are recorded in advance of air dates. Listings do not reflect appearances by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band.
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Where to Hear Live Jazz
Information on live performances by your favorite guest artists appearing on Riverwalk Jazz.
- Vince Giordano courtesy the artist
- Catherine Russell by Jamie Karutz
- Ethel Waters courtesy Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University
- Martha Tilton courtesy marthatilton.com
- Artie Shaw courtesy Library of Congress
- Eddie Condon © William P. Gottlieb, http://jazzphotos.com
- King Oliver courtesy Red Hot Jazz
Saving the Songbook
By Joel Henning
Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal © 2012 Dow Jones & Company. All rights reserved.
In a 1970 housecleaning, MGM dumped priceless film scores, musical manuscripts and recordings into a landfill by the Golden State Freeway near Valencia, Calif. Among the lost works were the original score for Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
Public TV Rediscovers Cab Calloway
The PBS-TV series American Masters premiered “Cab Calloway: Sketches” nationwide in February. The episode portrays the life of the charismatic bandleader, singer and dancer through archival footage and animated drawings.
Often dismissed by contemporary critics as a mere entertainer, Cab and his band in fact were one of the finest jazz ensembles of the pre-WWII era, featuring such outstanding contributors as Milt Hinton, Dizzy Gillespie, Chu Berry and Doc Cheatham.
The program will air on some stations this March (check local listings). The film is streaming now at http://pbs.org/americanmasters
Subject: Jim/Dick & Catherine!
I was listening on Sirius XM today 2/4/12 and they played a set called “All The Cats Join In.” Is there a CD or MP3 of this? If so, Where can I cop it? It’s Killin”!!!!
Thanks Mr. TL
Dear Mr. TL:
Your note gives me a better start to my day than a perfect cafe au lait. But am sorry to say, due to various rights issues, we are not able to provide a CD or downloadable audio file of that show with Catherine Russell. Here’s her website with a stream of wonderful performances. Thank you for listening!
Producer Margaret Pick
Subject: Nick’s in Greenwich Village
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