Jim Cullum Jr.
While attending Trinity University in San Antonio, Jim formed a seven-piece traditional jazz group, the Happy Jazz Band, with his father the late Jim Cullum, Sr., who had played professionally with Jack Teagarden and others in the 1940s. In 1963, a group of San Antonio business leaders established The Landing, a jazz club on the San Antonio River Walk, as a showcase for the Happy Jazz Band. Under Jim, Jr.'s direction the band evolved into a nationally- acclaimed professional company known as The Jim Cullum Jazz Band.
Jim Cullum’s lifelong passion has been researching, preserving and presenting jazz and popular song from the turn of the 20th century to the mid-1940s.
- Porgy and Bess Live by Jack Bowers
January 21, 2014
A Triple Crown Of Tunesmiths This Week On Riverwalk Jazz
January 14, 2014
Jim Cullum Jazz Band Live From Stanford This Week On Riverwalk Jazz
November 18, 2013
Whiz Kid Of Swing John Hammond This Week On Riverwalk Jazz
October 29, 2013
This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Wizard Of Oz With Vernel Bagneris
October 23, 2013
Songwriting Bandleaders Of The Swing Era This Week On Riverwalk Jazz
October 16, 2013
This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: The Great Innovator---benny Goodman
October 07, 2013
This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Battle Of The Bands With Banu Gibson,...
October 01, 2013
Eccentric Genius Of Jelly Roll Morton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz
September 23, 2013
Porgy & Bess Part 2 This Week On Riverwalk Jazz
September 16, 2013
Bill McFarlin, Executive Director of the International Association of Jazz Educators notes: “The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is one of the nation’s premiere ensembles.”
Jim Cullum and the Jazz Band describe and demonstrate the techniques and theory behind early jazz playing, such as polyphony, or "many voices" improvisation common in the early days of jazz, and how an early jazz rhythm section functions. Each ndividual player demonstrates the role of his instrument in the ensemble, and the band performs selected masterworks from the early jazz repertoire, such as from Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, etc. Time permitting, there is a Q & A session with the students
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
Porgy and Bess Live
Chasin' The Blues