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Riverwalk Jazz on WUOT-2
Riverwalk Jazz presents, promotes and preserves Classic Jazz through national and international radio broadcasts, live music performances and jazz education for young people. The program educates audiences around the world to the value and excitement of this American art form. Distributed by PRI, Public Radio International.
6/1 RW #22 - Harlem to Hollywood: The Music of Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen could have secured his place in songwriting history with just one tune: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” But there are so many more. Hear the Jim Cullum Jazz Band perform this esteemed composer’s unforgettable classics, and listen to rare interview clips of Arlen himself.
6/8 RW #23 - Beautiful Changes: The Whiteman Years
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band explores the pivotal role of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and cornet ace Bix Beiderbecke in American music of the 1920. There were changes indeed — many that stemmed from Beiderbecke’s taste for improv.
6/15 RW #24 - Diga Diga Do: Jazz Standards of Jimmy McHugh
Songwriter Jimmy McHugh has been called a “one-man history of 20th-century popular music” — and may be best known for his work with Dorothy Fields. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends get together to perform McHugh classics like “Diga Diga Do” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
6/22 RW #25 - I Wish I Were Twins: The Fats Waller Bluebird Sessions
RCA’s Bluebird label hit it big when it signed Fats Waller. He recorded 500 sides in less than eight years! And the fans snapped up the discs as fast as they were pressed. Piano man Dick Hyman and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate the Fats Waller Bluebird sessions.
6/29 RW #26 - Class of ’29: Jazz on the Move from Chicago to New York
The year was 1929. Jazz was on the move from Chicago to New York — from Harlem to Broadway to small cabarets. Join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their special guests as they play the music of Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and other standout members of the Class of ’29.