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The Jim Cullum Jazz Band Presents…
Swing was the thing in 1935 — a teenage music craze that erupted on the heels of the Depression in the years before WWII. This week we hear what the Swing Era was like from the perspective of the teenage diaries of Bob Inman, author of Swing Era Scrapbook. The Band and an all-star cast perform pieces from Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more.
Old rugs hung from the ceilings of the little ragtag studio, and the walls were stuffed with straw to dampen the sound from the trains passing by. Some of the most important jazz recordings in American musical history were recorded in the back of the Starr piano factory. The Band and guests perform the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Bix and His Gang, and more from Starr-Gennett Records.
Holiday favorites performed by the The Band and special guests, along with excerpts from Louis Armstrong’s historic reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Break out the ornaments and turn up the volume. Riverwalk Jazz puts listeners in the mood for trimming the tree, stuffing stockings and sharing the holiday spirit.
An all-star cast joins The Band in a concert recorded live at Manhattan’s Red Blazer Too jazz club in 1993. Trumpeter Doc Cheatham, vocalist Carol Woods, bassist Milt Hinton, guitarist Marty Grosz and pianist Dick Hyman share the bill.
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- Swing dancers. Photo courtesy euro-quest.tripod
- Gennett Records Cover courtesy Wayne City., IN waynenet.org
- Vintage Christmas Card. Image courtesy operationsanta
- Revelers at the Red Blazer Too, NYC, 1993. Photo courtesy P. Shcaaf
- Swing Era Scrapbook cover art courtesy amazon.com
- Jim Cullum Jazz Band courtesy Linda Marty Schmitz
- Gennett Records wall logo courtesy Starr Gennett Foundation
Book Worth Reading: Swing Era Scrapbook by Bob Inman
15 year-old Bob Inman was given a radio for Christmas in 1935. From then until August 1938, he kept a meticulous log of all the radio shows he listened to and chronicled the hundreds of jazz shows he witnessed. Along with his collection of pictures and autographs, these logs eventually became seven large scrapbooks detailing the world of swing music in New York.
26th Annual Capital City Jazz Fest Set for April 25-27, 2014
Fest celebrates America’s music with jazz artists from all over the country
Wisconsin’s capital city will become the jazz capital of the Midwest when jazz fans from all over the country converge on Madison to hear non stop jazz at the 26th annual Capital City Jazz Fest sponsored by the Madison Jazz Society. It will be held at the Madison Quality Inn & Suites, 2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg. This year’s event will feature jazz artists from all over the country performing a broad range of jazz styles, along with a special celebration on April 24.
Making their second appearance at the Fest will be the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, renowned for playing the classic jazz associated with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke, plus music by great American composers such as Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Austin City Limits and at festivals and concerts around the world.
For more information, call (608) 850 5400 or go to www.madisonjazz.com.
Starr Gennett Foundation
The Foundation is rooted in the heart of jazz history, and located in the cradle of recorded jazz, Richmond, Indiana (see upcoming Riverwalk Jazz show about the pioneering Gennett record label at left).
The aim of the Foundation is to promote and preserve the history of Gennett Records and its parent organization, the Starr Piano Company.