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"Originals By Originals" This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

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Jim Cullum Jr. This week on Riverwalk Jazz, jazz legends perform their own compositions with The Jim Cullum Jr.
Jim Cullum Jr.
Jim Cullum Jr.
b.1941
cornet
Jazz Band. We dig into the archive for “Originals by Originals."

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 a continuous stream of shows at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound.

Improvisation is “composition on the fly.” The jazz musician’s lifelong mission is to cultivate an improvising mind capable of inventing new jazz melodies on the spot night after night. The best jazz improvisation sounds spontaneous and playful—and yet unfolds with the logic of a story.

When a jazz player sits down to compose a tune he makes use of his highly developed ear for invention. Thus, many tunes written by jazz musicians have the loose, swinging feel of an improvised solo.

Benny Carter
Benny Carter
Benny Carter
1907 - 2003
sax, alto
was a pioneer of the alto saxophone, playing in the bands of Fletcher Henderson
Fletcher Henderson
Fletcher Henderson
1897 - 1952
arranger
, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, and his own highly acclaimed ensembles. He is also acknowledged to be one of the great innovators of jazz composition and arranging. Carter is heard with Jim and the band on his compositions “I’m in the Mood for Swing” and “Wonderland.”

Reedman Bob Wilber
Bob Wilber
b.1928
a protégé of the great Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet
1897 - 1959
sax, soprano
, has long been admired for his compositional brilliance. He performs three of his tunes, “The Rabbit Jumps,” “Reverie,” and a tribute to Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
clarinet
, “BG.”

Milt Hinton
Milt Hinton
Milt Hinton
1910 - 2000
bass, acoustic
was one of the first bassists to play featured solos out in front of a band. We captured Milt live at The Landing in 1992 performing two of his originals: “Ebony Silhouette” and “Mona, Take Me Home.”

Bassist Bob Haggart
Bob Haggart
b.1914
was a founding member of the Bob Crosby
Bob Crosby
b.1913
Bob Cats, a popular hot band of the 1930s that took as their starting point the pure style of New Orleans jazz. Haggart’s rock-solid bass playing was a key ingredient. Haggart performs two of his well-known Swing Era hits: “My Inspiration” and “Big Noise from Winnetka.”

Other jazz greats on our show this week: Clark Terry
Clark Terry
Clark Terry
b.1920
trumpet
, Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman
b.1927
piano
, Jay McShann
Jay McShann
Jay McShann
1909 - 2006
piano
and Harry "Sweets" Edison
Harry
Harry "Sweets" Edison
1915 - 1999
trumpet
.


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