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JWP Agency / Jim Wadsworth Productions

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band &
Riverwalk Jazz Live Radio Concerts

Jim CullumThe Jim Cullum Jazz Band has appeared in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, major worldwide jazz festivals, and stars in its own public radio series, Riverwalk Jazz, broadcasting since 1987, heard on over 150 Public Radio stations nationwide and on the internet.

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band plays jazz in the classic manner, that is, in the style of small, hot ensembles prior to WWII. The band's repertoire covers a lot of ground--from 19th-century cakewalks to the small pre-war Benny Goodman ensembles.

The core of the band's music consists of the sounds of Jelly Roll Morton, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet, as well as a heavy emphasis on Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael.

In keeping with the band's historical point of view, period instruments and performance practices are often used. Each member of the band is a specialist in historically informed jazz styles.

Leader Jim Cullum plays a cornet (instead of the trumpet or flugelhorn used in modern jazz), which was the instrument preferred by early jazz masters King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Howard Elkins plays a 1920s-vintage Epiphone archtop 4-string tenor guitar and a 1935 Gibson tenor banjo. Don Mopsick plays an old German double bass set up with gut strings and high action in the manner of the pre-amplified era. Mike Waskiewicz uses drumming techniques and equipment more commonly found in the earlier drumming styles of Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, and Baby Dodds.

From 1993-2005, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band was on the faculty of the Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop.

Riverwalk Jazz
The Jim Cullum Jand Band and the producers of Riverwalk Jazz, in partnership with the San Antonio Y
MCA are currently developing an after-school enrichment program for elementary school children called The Jim Cullum Video Curriculum.

In April, 2007, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band completed an epic tour of Russia that took them from Moscow to eastern Siberia and back west to the Baltic Sea. They played 9 concerts in 17 days and covered 7 time zones. The Russian audiences were wildly enthusiastic in their applause and appreciation for the band's music. 

More on the band at www.jimcullum.com

More on the Riverwalk Jazz radio program at http://www.riverwalkjazz.org/


> One Sheet
> Riverwalk Jazz Project (pdf)

> Jim Cullum Band Bio (pdf)
> Wall Street Journal full page article
> Riverwalk "Jazz Times" Feature Article (pdf)
> Audience Review from the Modlin Performing Arts Center

Special Guests Available
> Dick Hyman Bio (p)(doc)
> Shelly Berg Bio (p)(pdf)
> Kevin Mahogany Bio (v)(pdf)
> Butch Thompson (p)
> Allan Vache (cl)
> Topsy Chapman (v)
> Banu Gibson (v)
> Dennis Rowland(v)
> Bria Skonberg (tr)

Programs Available
  - Jim Cullum Jazz Band - standard seven piece group along with with plenty of talk on the historical aspects of the
  - “Riverwalk Jazz” - radio show reproduction including authentic scripts and with option of host David Holt or actor
        Vernel Bagneris
  -  “Showboat” - featuring the epic music of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein
  - “Porgy and Bess” - featuring the celebrated music of George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose
  - “Playing with Fire” – for performances with symphonies or with wind ensembles. Composed by Frank Ticheli and
        Jim Cullum
  - Gospel Jazz Mass
  - Tribute to Louis Armstrong
  - Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke

Hi-Res Photos
Jim Cullum Hi-Res 2013
Jim Cullum Jazz Band 2013
Jim Cullum Live 2013
Mike Pittsley & Jim Cullum 2013
Mike Pittsley & Jim Cullum 2013
Jim Cullum Hi-Res Photo # 1 (jpg)
Jim Cullum Hi-Res Photo # 2 (jpg)
Riverwalk Jazz Logo (jpg)

Audio and Video Samples
Chasin the Blues  The Jim Cullum Jazz Band's "Tight Like This" (mp3)

Chasin the Blues  The Jim Cullum Band "Cakewalkin' Babies from Home" (mp3)

youtube  Riverwalk Jazz Live Radio Concert

youtube   Riverwalk Jazz Live Radio Concert

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WOO HOO!! The audience is LOVIN' this concert tonight!!!!  They are very happy with the audience and the hall!  AND DICK HYMAN IS AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for all your help and everyone has been a delight to work with.
Lari Dianne Young, PhD / Director, Performing Arts Center / Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

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