The Jim Cullum Jazz Band &
Riverwalk Jazz Live Radio Concerts
The 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
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
The Jim Cullum Jand Band and the producers of
Riverwalk Jazz, in partnership with the San
Antonio YMCA 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
More on the band at www.jimcullum.com
More on the Riverwalk Jazz radio program at http://www.riverwalkjazz.org/
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