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George Foster, popularly known as "Pops" Foster, was a jazz musician for more than 70 years. Foster played both tuba and string bass, but is recognized for solidifying the predominance of string bass in jazz music.Foster was known for his musical imagination and his unique bass slapping technique, which was later copied by other popular musicians. Foster performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz musical history, and had one of the longest and most prolific careers of the jazz musicians of his era. George Murphy Foster was born on May 19, 1892, on a plantation in Louisiana. Music was a central part of Foster's childhood

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Article: Album Review

Keith Humble / Bert Turetzky: Kinetic Conversations

Read "Kinetic Conversations" reviewed by Robert Bush


This long-dormant recording by the late Australian composer/pianist Keith Humble and legendary contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky is finally available as Kinetic Conversations a searing document recorded in Mandeville Auditorium at the University of California, San Diego, on March 19, 1986. The quality, both in terms of fidelity and performance values, is sterling ...

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News: Radio

The Luis Russell Story This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week, Riverwalk Jazz presents the musical legacy of the great 1920s bandleader Luis Russell as his daughter, the magnificent vocalist Catherine Russell joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band with Dick Hyman on piano. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows ...

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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 ...

News: Radio

Tribute To Henry "Red" Allen This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Tribute To Henry "Red" Allen This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week, Riverwalk Jazz pays tribute to Henry ‘Red’ Allen, one of the last great trumpeters to come out of New Orleans in the 1920s. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be streamed on-demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website. You can also drop in on ...

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Take Five With Martin Zenker

Read "Take Five With Martin Zenker" reviewed by Martin Zenker


Meet Martin Zenker:Martin Zenker was born in Munich and has been a freelance bassist since 1987. Performance credits include Jimmy Cobb, Billy Hart, James Moody, Jim Snidero, Steve Grossman, Barbara Morrison, Peter King, Don Braden and many more. Now based in Hamburg, he was Professor of Bass and Jazz History in Seoul, South Korea ...

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Article: Jazz Emerges

Part 6: The Basses of Our Music

Read "Part 6: The Basses of Our Music" reviewed by William Carter


Listen to bassist Pops Foster with the Luis Russell Orchestra from 1929, playing “Jersey Lightning." Also on this record are New Orleans men Henry “Red" Allen, Albert Nicholas and Paul Barbarin. Virtually all of the New Orleans bass players depicted in this post played in an energetic, percussive style very similar to Foster's:

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Unplugged Jazz With Guitarist Marty Grosz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Unplugged Jazz With Guitarist Marty Grosz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Riverwalk Jazz this week features a giant of jazz rhythm guitar—Marty Grosz. His career spans over 60 years. Equal parts showman, jazz scholar and raconteur, Marty is a virtuoso in a playing style that’s both timeless and so far off the radar it’s all but lost in today’s music world. The program is distributed in the ...

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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 ...

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News: Radio

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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