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MP3 Jim Cullum Jazz Band - Chasin' the Blues

vintage jazz traditional jazz

14 MP3 Songs in this album (65:23) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Traditional Jazz Combo, JAZZ: Mainstream Jazz

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This long-awaited release features the acclaimed Jim Cullum Jazz Band in exciting blues-driven performances captured live on their weekly public radio broadcast series, Riverwalk Jazz. Fourteen tracks featuring authentic, acoustic jazz interpretations of compositions by Jelly Roll Morton, W. C. Handy, Jimmy Noone, and more. With special guests Topsy Chapman on vocals, and trumpeter Duke Heitger, this recording mixes the essential ingredients – blues, Swing and collective improvisation to become the ultimate collection by America’s celebrated classic jazz https://www.tradebit.com music. No https://www.tradebit.comse recordings taken from the award-winning Public Radio series, Live from the Riverwalk - Riverwalk Jazz!

Special Guests: Topsy Chapman, Kenny Davern, Duke Heitger, Evan Christopher, Clint Baker

Jim Cullum, cornet
Ron Hockett, clarinet
Kenny Rupp, trombone
Howard Elkins, guitar
Jim Turner, piano
Michael Waskiewicz, drums

JIM CULLUM, JR., Bandleader, cornet

In the 1950s when everyone else his age was listening to Elvis Presley and Connie Francis, Jim Cullum locked onto the sounds of early jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton. At first he thought he might want to play trombone, but one day while helping his dad in the grocery business, Jim caught sight of an antique cornet in a store window and fell in love.

While attending Trinity University in San Antonio, Jim formed a seven-piece traditional jazz group, the Happy Jazz Band, with his father the late Jim Cullum, Sr., who had played professionally with Jack Teagarden and others in the 1940s. In 1963, a group of San Antonio business leaders established The Landing, a jazz club on the San Antonio River Walk, as a showcase for the Happy Jazz Band. Under Jim, Jr.''s direction the band evolved into a nationally-acclaimed professional company known as The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Jim Cullum’s lifelong passion has been researching, preserving and presenting jazz and popular song from the turn of the 20th century to the mid-1940s.

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band
“At the program’s core,” according to NEA Jazz Master Nat Hentoff, “is The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, which plays swinging traditional hot jazz.” Jim Cullum has made the study of classic jazz his life’s work. Now in its 45th year, his band is a seven-piece, acoustic ensemble utilizing historically-accurate instruments and instrumentation: cornet, clarinet, trombone, guitar/ banjo, piano, bass and drums. Bill McFarlin, Executive Director of the International Association of Jazz Educators notes: “The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is one of the nation’s premiere ensembles.”

The Riverwalk Jazz Project
Documenting the Roots of America’s Music, 1900-1950

History of the Organization
Riverwalk Jazz was created in 1989 as a project of Texas Public Radio. A National Advisory Board was created to assist with Riverwalk Jazz fund-raising and promotion. Beginning with three broadcast specials on 60 stations, the series grew from 26 broadcasts per year in 1997 to 39 broadcasts per year in 1998, and expanded in 1999 to a 52-week hourly series.

On February 1, 2005, Riverwalk Jazz began operating as a stand-alone 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Texas Corporation. The mission of the project has remained the same, but in addition to the production and distribution of the radio series, the scope of the project has broadened to include the development of an education outreach curriculum for children.

Riverwalk Jazz is an educational resource. The radio series draws on the resources of universities and libraries around the country, and scholars and archivists worldwide contribute to the body of knowledge in the series. Each program focuses on the contribution of a particular composer, performer or an era in jazz history, bringing the music to life through live performance combined with historical recordings.

The program series captures the fast-disappearing generation of jazz greats in new music performances and interviews exploring the almost-forgotten era of music they helped define. Jazz icons showcased in live performance on the series include: Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Jay McShann, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Doc Cheatham, Milt Hinton and Joe Williams. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and guests such as Dick Hyman, Shelly Berg and Duke Heitger demonstrate the evolution of jazz styles and entertain with anecdotes in interviews with co-host David Holt. The distinguished Broadway and Hollywood actor Vernel Bagneris offers portrayals of historical figures including Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington in original scripts based on oral histories. Entertainment writer John Berlau wrote in the May 21-27, 2006 American Profile’s “Jazzing the Airwaves:” “Cullum’s popular radio program, along with the work of top-selling jazz artists like trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and singer Diana Krall, is among the factors credited for a renewed interest in classic jazz throughout the country.”

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