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The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Presents…
New Orleans Trumpeter Henry ‘Red’ Allen Jr. made a name for himself on the 1930s New York jazz scene; and later enjoyed a long residency at Manhattan’s famed Metropole Café in Times Square. The Band and guests tell the story with historical recordings, and perform his tunes live.
A star with the Count Basie Band in the 30s and 40s, Edison forged new territory on trumpet. In this 1994 performance from The Landing, ‘Sweets’ Edison joins the Band to talk about his life, and play music from the Basie years.
Stage legend and Grammy Award-winning narrator William Warfield tells the story as the Band performs their original jazz transcription of George Gershwin’s opera. Part 1 introduces the characters of Catfish Row with classics “Summertime” and “Bess, You is My Woman Now.”
In Part 2, Porgy’s love for Bess is put to the test. Warfield returns in his acclaimed role as narrator. Compositions include “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “A Red-Headed Woman,” and “Oh Lawd, I’m On My Way.
“Marian McPartland was a towering figure in our world, whose life touched much in the development of jazz. She lived mid-century jazz scenes from the early war years, to the swing era at its peak, and was a key figure on 52nd Street. Through her husband Jimmy, Marian had a strong tie to the even earlier era of Bix and The Wolverines and the Chicago school. She became a complete improviser, soloist and stylist; and then began her amazing radio career, known and admired worldwide. Considering the sweep of it all, Marian stands as a giant in jazz. It’s been a pleasure to share the stage with her.”
Jim Cullum, Riverwalk Jazz
‘Sweets’ Edison and Coleman Hawkins
Apropos of our show this month featuring Basie trumpeter Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, enjoy this swinging video from 1964 of “Centerpiece,” one of Sweets’ best-known original pieces.
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- Early Publicity Photograph Henry ‘Red’ Allen. Photo from Ride Red Ride,
The Life of Henry ‘Red’ Allen by John Chilton
- Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison ‘s hands. Photo courtesy padovajazzclub.blogspot.com
- George and Ira Gerswhin with author DuBose Heyward 1934; courtesy The Ohio State University Libraries
- 1942 Souvenir Program courtesy Dubois Learning Center
- Marian McPartland photo courtesy the artist
- Kenny Davern and Bob Wilber courtesy Chuck Slate
- Vince Giordano courtesy the artist
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20-Somethings Tune In to 1920s Pop
by Will Friedwald, from Vanity Fair
Gradually, over the past few years, more and more young jazz musicians—mainly in their 20s and even younger—have begun to play this music and, in the process, started again to refer to it by the name it was known by when it was new: Hot Jazz.
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
New Manhattan Venue for Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
After concluding a successful three-year run at Sofia’s at Times Square, Vince and the Nighthawks (2012 Grammy Award winners for their soundtrack CD for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) announced their new performance venue, to begin September 9: every Monday and Tuesday at Iguana, 240 West 54th St. (between 8th Ave. & B’way), New York, NY 10019. The band will play from 8-11, and there is a $15 cover charge. For more information, visit Vince’s website.