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The Jim Cullum Jazz Band: Porgy and Bess Live

Read "Porgy and Bess Live" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Since its New York City debut in September 1935, George Gershwin's beloved folk opera Porgy and Bess has been recreated and performed in almost every possible context, from classical opera to musical theatre to mainstream jazz, in America and overseas. The opera has been probed and dissected so often, in fact, that at first blush another ...

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Reluctant Genius Of Jazz: Artie Shaw This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Artie Shaw was one of the top-grossing stars of the 1930s and the only serious rival Benny Goodman had to his title as “The King of Swing." To celebrate the Shaw legacy, Riverwalk's David Holt talks with Tom Nolan, the author of a new biography, Three Chords for Beauty's Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw. Nolan ...

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Swinging Duos At The Landing This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This week on Riverwalk Jazz, we're pairing up some of our favorite jazz artists in a broadcast of swinging duos. On their own, each one of these musicians lights up the stage, but together, they’re off the charts. The program is distributed in the US by ...

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Sophisticated Ladies & Red Hot Mommas This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Heartbreakers, man-takers, vamps, tramps and the girl next door—through the decades they've all shown up in song. Songwriters are forever trying to decipher the feminine mystique, and singers never tire of crooning about the many aspects of the female spirit. In the spotlight this week on Riverwalk Jazz, New Orleans' Topsy Chapman joins The Jim Cullum Jazz ...

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Cornet Master Bob Barnard This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Australian cornet master Bob Barnard joins the Jim Cullum Jazz Band on the bandstand. Together they play classic tunes made famous by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and other originals by Australian composers and Bob himself. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International (check your local listings). You can ...

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Summer Jazz BBQ This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band swings their way through some of your favorite warm-weather tunes. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. Jim and the Band light up the sky with a number Louis ...

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Class Of '29 This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, we follow the year 1929 in music, from Harlem cabarets to Broadway shows, to Hollywood movies and jazz recordings. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. In 1929, jazz was making ...

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The Fats Waller Bluebird Sessions This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week our radio show explores the Fats Waller Bluebird Sessions. Joining The Jim Cullum Jazz Band are master pianist Dick Hyman and Portland-based vocalist Rebecca Kilgore. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. Thomas ‘Fats’ ...

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Songs Of Jimmy McHugh This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Jimmy McHugh’s songs entered the jazz pantheon through recordings by Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and many, many more. Today McHugh’s songs remain among the most popular jazz standards recorded by both mainstream and traditional jazz artists. In this week’s Riverwalk Jazz broadcast devoted to McHugh's songs, tap master Savion Glover pays tribute to Bojangles’ legendary ...

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Harold Arlen This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, in rare archival interview clips, Harold Arlen speaks about his career and how he wrote some of his most enduring songs, performed by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their guests: Nina Ferro, Dick Hyman, Rebecca Kilgore and Carol Woods. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You ...