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Kenny Davern

John Kenneth Davern's embryonic days in the music world found him as a big band sideman in various sax sections, and then on to the classic jazz combos of Greenwich Village and New York's uptown clubs as a clarinetist, to his soprano sax adventures in the Soprano Summit, and now back to the clarinet. Davern is a native of Huntingdon, Long Island. As a young professional at the age of 16, he sat in with many of the legendary groups in New York City and the fast company gave him the background he needed to become a member of Jack Teagarden's band and to record with Jack at age 19. The bands of Phil Napoleon and Pee Wee Erwin found Kenny in the front line alongside these giants from 1955 through 1965. Stints with Billy Butterfield and Herman Autry in the late 50's as well as Ruby Braff paved the way for his own group at Nick's

Meet Mark Weber

Read "Meet Mark Weber" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Almost every aspect of Mark Weber's life ends up intersecting with jazz; he just might be the original Renaissance jazz fan. A former wedding photographer, he found himself photographing nearly every jazz musician to pass through Los Angeles and Albuquerque in the past several decades and, without planning to, ended up writing for CODA, deejaying a ...

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This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Clarinet Marmalade

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Clarinet Marmalade

This week on Riverwalk Jazz The Jim Cullum Jazz Band offers an exploration of great pre-WWII voices of jazz clarinet with the help of prominent contemporary exponents of the “old school." Evan Christopher, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski perform with the Band and talk about their mentors and influences. The program is distributed in ...

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Four Artists Of The Jazz Clarinet Renaissance

Read "Four Artists Of The Jazz Clarinet Renaissance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Since the jazz clarinet never really died, renaissance--or rebirth--may not be the term that best describes what's happening to the instrument in the twenty-first century jazz universe; it is, however, a pretty good one word synopsis. The licorice stick was there at or near the start, tooting along next to the trumpet and ...

NEWS: RADIO

Clarinet Marmalade This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Clarinet Marmalade This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz The Jim Cullum Jazz Band offers an exploration of great pre-WWII voices of jazz clarinet with the help of prominent contemporary exponents of the “old school." Evan Christopher, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski (pictured at right) perform with the Band and talk about their mentors and influences. The program ...

NEWS: RADIO

Riverwalk Jazz Whenever You Want!

Riverwalk Jazz Whenever You Want!

By Mick Carlon The only drawback to my all-time favorite radio show, Riverwalk Jazz, was that I had to wait until Saturday mornings to listen. No longer! Thanks to Stanford University’s Archive of Recorded Sound, twenty five years of this exalted show—over 350 radio shows, over 4,000 song performances—are now available twenty four hours a day, ...

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Every Now and Den

Read "Every Now and Den" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

It's been so long since the last Den that it should perhaps be renamed, “Every Now and Den." But here I am with some of the events that stand out from the past five months or so, not necessarily in chronological order.I've never missed the annual Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, and the August ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: The Saxophone In Early New Orleans Jazz

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: The Saxophone In Early New Orleans Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band joins forces with saxophonists Kim Cusack, Vince Giordano, Brian Ogilvie and others to explore the music of early jazz saxophone masters. Our own Ron Hockett shows off his saxophone chops while his clarinet duties are covered by Allan Vaché and Evan Christopher. Bass saxophonist Vince Giordano ...

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Hip Pocket Returns To Popular Venice Night Spot

A relatively new jazz quartet, “Hip Pocket," will make a return appearance at Dante's Allegro Bistro, located at 1740 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Reed player and leader Tom Ellison lives in Venice, FL and performs with area combos and big bands. As a freelance woodwind artist, Tom has performed with ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: The Test Of Time: A Century Of Song

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: The Test Of Time: A Century Of Song

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band gives the “hot rhythm treatment” to rags, parlor songs and spirituals composed a century or more ago. From Jack Norworth’s “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to Kerry Mills' Cakewalk “At a Georgia Camp Meeting” and Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag,” we’ll explore the roots ...


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