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Summer Jazz BBQ This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

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The Jim Cullum Jazz Band This week, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band swings their way through some of your favorite warm-weather tunes.

The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound.

Jim and the Band light up the sky with a number Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
1901 - 1971
trumpet
recorded with his Hot Five in Chicago in 1928. “Fireworks” has multiple strains and is played in two keys, making it more complex than most jazz standards. The Band’s version is an extended arrangement with Armstrong’s dramatic ending harmonized by the entire front line.

Also on the bill is a 1927 Armstrong Hot Five number “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue,” composed by Lil Hardin Armstrong
Lil Hardin Armstrong
Lil Hardin Armstrong
1898 - 1971
piano
} for her husband Louis Armstrong, incorporating some of his most-used jazz licks.

The first big parade of the season makes summer official in small towns across the country. George and Ira Gershwin’s 1927 composition, “Strike Up the Band,” a jam session favorite among jazz musicians, begins with the unmistakable drum cadence of a marching band.

And stepping down the street, a march syncopated in the classic ragtime manner, ” Ba Ba” Ridgely’s “Black Rag,” popular with the Original Tuxedo Orchestra of New Orleans in 1925.

New Orleans native Vernel Bagneris brings to life a summery scene with the story of the famous “Greasy Pig Contest” on opening day at New Orleans’ Lincoln Park around the turn of the 20th century. More outdoor comfort food is brought to mind as Vernel sings “Here Comes the Hot Tamale Man,” and The Jim Cullum Jazz Band plays the Preservation Hall favorite “Ice Cream.”

Our Riverwalk Jazz BBQ celebrates the lazy days of summer with a trio of pop songs: an instrumental on Sidney Arodin’s “Up a Lazy River,” Johnnie Burke’s “Go Fly a Kite” with singer Rebeca Kilgore and “Singin’ in the Rain” with a hot rhythm treatment from the legendary Basie Band singer Joe Williams
Joe Williams
Joe Williams
1918 - 1999
vocalist
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