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Muggsy Spanier

Muggsy Spanier - cornet Cornet player Muggsy Spanier was a member of the famed Austin High Gang and fell for jazz the minute he saw King Oliver playing live in Chicago. His first professional job came in 1921 with the Elmer Schoebel band. In 1927 Muggsy cut his first sides with the Chicago Rhythm Kings alongside Frank Teschemacher on clarinet, Mezz Mezzrow on tenor saxophone, Gene Krupa on drums and Eddie Condon on banjo and vocals. Muggsy was back in the studio in 1928 with the Jungle Kings which was the same group except George Wettling replaced Krupa on drums. In 1929 Spanier joined Ted Lewis and his Band appearing in two films, "Is Everybody Happy?"(1929) and "Here Comes The Band" (1935). He joined Ben Pollack's group in 1936 but left the band in 1938 due to a debilitating alcohol related illness that almost killed him


Dixieland Revival – A Sense of History (1939 - 1955)

Read "Dixieland Revival – A Sense of History (1939 - 1955)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the 1940's, some twenty-five to thirty years into the history of recorded jazz, the sometimes violent reaction against the bebop revolution caused a hard look into the rear view and the jazz world focused on its own history. Many of the players who led the first jazz revolution were still alive, ready for prime time, ...


November Birthday Salutes

Read "November Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

It's time to celebrate November birthdays! Among the worthies, we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Phil Woods recording Alive and Well in Paris, which was slated for release on Impulse! in the States, but never released here; there must be a story about this, but I'm in the dark. It is an absolutely stunning ...


Live From Birmingham: The Sonics, Otis Gibbs, George Huxley & John Altman

Read "Live From Birmingham: The Sonics, Otis Gibbs, George Huxley & John Altman" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Sonics The Institute July 28, 2015 The Sonics virtually created the garage band sound, back in the mid-1960s, taking the foundations of rhythm'n'blues and forcing a leap towards further extremity, continuing the mission begun by Link Wray, but using warped pop song structures instead of instrumental grinding. Surely ...


Dick Hyman, Stephanie Nakasian On Riverwalk Jazz This Week

Dick Hyman, Stephanie Nakasian On Riverwalk Jazz This Week

The historic Filoli Estate and Gardens south of San Francisco is the setting for this week’s Riverwalk Jazz broadcast, “Sweet Ballads and Red Hot Pianos." Piano legend Dick Hyman and jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for an outdoor concert including a set of songs by composer Walter Donaldson. The program is ...


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 ...


Swingin' On A V-Disc This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Swingin' On A V-Disc This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz it's the story of the V-Disc, a WWII morale-boosting recording initiative that created novel collaborations between jazz artists of the era. By September 1945, total production reached 4.5 million records. By the end of the program, it is estimated that more than 8 million V-Discs were distributed. The Jim Cullum Jazz ...


Majid Bekkas: Mabrouk

Read "Mabrouk" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Bekkas is a leading Gnawa musician who sings and plays the oud, as well as acoustic guitar and guembri, the three-stringed bass-like instrument that provides the trance-inducing pulse of Gnawa music. The Gnawa, in turn, are spiritual brotherhoods formed in Morocco among slaves brought there from sub-Saharan Africa over the centuries. Bekkas has collaborated with a ...


A Night at Nick's This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

A Night at Nick's This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

We invited Riverwalk Jazz listeners to share their memories of Nick's in the Village, and the phones began to ring off the hook. We heard from one man who had gotten engaged at the bar, one who was an Olympic athlete, and several who were musicians who had played at Nick's. These listeners, and others, contribute ...


Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys: Betweenwhile

Read "Betweenwhile" reviewed by Nic Jones

Drummer Mike Pride is nothing if not busy, as a list of past collaborators including Milford Graves, George Lewis and Mary Halvorson shows. Such collaborations inevitably testify to his range, as does Betweenwhile, the second release by his working quartet. The trouble might be, however, that this very range dilutes the group's identity. ...


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