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10/3 Wild Man Blues: The Eccentric Genius of Jelly Roll Morton
The Band provides the musical backdrop for Vernel Bagneris’ portrayal of Jelly Roll Morton, the dapper “suit-man from suit-land” and his journey to become the self-proclaimed “Inventor of Jazz.”
10/10 Battle of the Bands: New Orleans vs. San Antonio
Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz in a classic jazz battle with The Band. Special guest, tap dance sensation Savion Glover mixes it up with both bands. Stage legend William Warfield referees the hottest contest on the bandstand.
10/17 The Great Innovator: Clarinetist Benny Goodman
Reedmen Allan Vaché and Harry Allen, with vibists John Cocuzzi and Lionel Hampton, join The Band to celebrate the young Jewish boy from Chicago who changed the face of popular music in America. Benny Goodman is credited with transforming ’20s-style hot jazz into swing, and he set off a pop craze that spanned the Great Depression and WWII.
10/24 From Duke Ellington to Artie Shaw: Songwriting Bandleaders of the 30s
The music of Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, and others gets the royal treatment from The Band and Riverwalk’s “Queen of Swing,” Rebecca Kilgore.
10/31 Silver Shoes & Green Spectacles: A Jazz Interpretation of
The Wizard of Oz
A listener favorite — The Band and actor Vernel Bagneris return to the Emerald City with a script from the original L. Frank Baum book and music from Harold Arlen’s legendary movie score.
Timeless Wizard in its Original Form
View a Selection of color plates from the
original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Written by L. Frank Baum and Illustrations by W.W. Denslow
View photo layout HERE
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- Flyer for Jelly Roll Morton 1927. Courtesy Historic New Orleans Collection
- Actor William Warfield with bandleaders Banu Gibson and Jim Cullum. Photo Riverwalk Jazz
- Benny Goodman with Charlie Christian on guitar and Georgie Auld on tenor. Photo courtesy mog.com
- Duke Ellington Orchestra Concert Poster. Image courtesy movieposter.com
- Composer Harold Arlen. Photo courtesy of S.A Music Company
- Illustration of Dorothy and Toto by
- Bria Skonberg courtesy of the artist
- Jelly Roll Morton in public domain
- Allan Vaché courtesy of the artist
In 2013 she has earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year” and is included in DownBeat Magazine’s Rising Star Critics’ Poll. Her original music focuses on innovation while honoring tradition rooted in rich New Orleans classic jazz, world percussion and soul.
Bria has performed on several Riverwalk Jazz broadcasts when she was a twenty-something and it’s exciting to see her excelling and spreading classic jazz to the younger generation.
I Created Jazz in 1902, Not W.C. Handy
[Note: apropos of our broadcast this month, "Wild Man Blues: The Eccentric Genius of Jelly Roll Morton" (see item at left), we direct you to this article which appeared in DownBeat in August, 1938.]
Dear Mr. Ripley:
In your broadcast of March 26, 1938, you introduced W. C. Handy as the originator of jazz, stomps, and blues. By this announcement you have done me a great injustice, and you have also misled many of your fans.
Allan Vaché Joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Caribbean Cruise Nov. 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
“The Jitterbug” Cut from 1939 Wizard of Oz
Enjoy this clip of “The Jitterbug,” a song cut from the 1939 Wizard of Oz film. The clip includes footage of the cast doing the dance number. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band included a hot version of this tune in their original Wizard of Oz jazz transcription project. (see item at left).