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Bunk Johnson - trumpet (1889 - 1949) A jazz legend from before the music existed in name; separating the truth from the myth in the life of trumpeter Bunk Johnson has never been simple. While Johnson claimed he was born in Louisiana in 1879, it's become generally accepted that his birth was actually 10 years later. He’s said that he performed with Adam Olivier and Buddy Bolden's orchestras in the 1890s, as well as with circuses, minstrel shows and on ocean liners. Whether or not that was all true, is not proven. Louis Armstrong did hear him in New Orleans around 1915 and recalled, "Bunk played funeral marches that made me cry!" Johnson continued to tour throughout the South at one point backing early blues queen Ma Rainey until dental problems forced him to retire in 1933

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Another Set of Recent Listeners’ Favorites

Read "Another Set of Recent Listeners’ Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn

The number of the week is five (as in Show 435)! So, it's time for listener favorites from recent shows (421-430). WHYR, Mixcloud, Pacifica and All About Jazz messages, emails, and one-on-one (masked!) feedback in the grocery store are all considered. That would generate some five to six hours of material. So, we have to exercise ...

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Field Trip To The Vault!

Read "Field Trip To The Vault!" reviewed by Marc Cohn

After a dose of 21st century music from Dave Allen, Pat Metheny and Aziza, we continue to celebrate the life of Sonny Rollins with tracks from his last session for Prestige in 1956. Then it's deep into the vault for two 78rpm recreations from Charlie Parker (on tenor) with Miles & Erroll Garner's trio from the ...

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The Rise And Fall Of Joe "King" Oliver This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week’s Riverwalk Jazz broadcast is an encore presentation featuring theater legend William Warfield. In a performance recorded in 1992, Mr. Warfield brings Joe King Oliver’s rich correspondence to life. Also,The Jim Cullum Jazz Band joins forces with two leading lights of the traditional jazz scene—Bay Area-based cornetist Leon Oakley and Chicago-based tuba player Mike Walbridge—to ...

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This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Crescent City Stomp: A Mardi Gras Celebration

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Crescent City Stomp: A Mardi Gras Celebration

Crescent City Stomp: A Mardi Gras Celebration This week on Riverwalk Jazz, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band teams up with New Orleans natives Topsy Chapman and Vernel Bagneris to celebrate the roots of New Orleans Jazz. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be streamed on-demand ...

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This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: West Coast Classic Jazz In Concert

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: West Coast Classic Jazz In Concert

They called their music “The Truth"—real, righteous Traditional Jazz. By the early 1940s, its champions were the powerful West Coast brassmen Turk Murphy and Lu Watters. Disciples of “The Real Stuff" themselves, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band presents their concert tribute to The West Coast Classic Jazz Revival at the Stanford Jazz Festival in California, this ...

England Swings Like A Pendulum Do

Read "England Swings Like A Pendulum Do" reviewed by Skip Heller

Several years ago, when the Skip Heller Trio was touring all the time, I came across a disc called London Is The Place For Me: Trinidadian Calypso In London, 1950-1956 (Honest Jons, 2002), a collection of calyspo music recorded in London. The music and accompanying thick booklet were full of revelations: the history of postwar migration ...

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Jim Cullum Jazz Band, William Warfield Celebrate King Oliver This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Jim Cullum Jazz Band, William Warfield Celebrate King Oliver This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

This week's Riverwalk Jazz broadcast is an encore presentation featuring theater legend William Warfield (at right). In a performance recorded in 1992, Mr. Warfield brings Joe “King" Oliver's rich correspondence to life.. Also,The Jim Cullum Jazz Band joins forces with two long-time leaders of traditional jazz—Bay Area cornetist Leon Oakley and Chicago historian and tuba player ...

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New Orleans Clarinet with Evan Christopher This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

New Orleans Clarinet with Evan Christopher This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

This week, Riverwalk Jazz spotlights the rich legacy of jazz clarinet players from the Crescent City. The sound of New Orleans jazz is unique. The distinctive New Orleans clarinet sound blends with cornet, trombone, drums, bass, banjo and piano in polyphonic New Orleans-style jazz bands, just as filé spice binds ingredients together in a gumbo stew. ...

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Bunk Johnson This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Bunk Johnson This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

This week, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band celebrates the traditional New Orleans improvised ensemble style of Bunk Johnson. We'll hear his stories, part fact and part fiction, brought to life by the award-winning Broadway actor and Riverwalk Jazz favorite, Vernel Bagneris. The weekly hour-long Riverwalk Jazz public radio series is distributed nationwide by Public Radio International ...


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