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This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Doc Cheatham, Bob Haggart And Joe Williams

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Jim Cullum Jr. This week on Riverwalk Jazz: Doc Cheatham
Doc Cheatham
Doc Cheatham
1905 - 1997
trumpet
, Bob Haggart
Bob Haggart
b.1914
and Joe Williams
Joe Williams
Joe Williams
1918 - 1999
vocalist
share their music and stories with The Jim Cullum Jr.
Jim Cullum Jr.
Jim Cullum Jr.
b.1941
cornet
Jazz Band.

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.

Adophus “Doc” Cheatham (1905-1997) was a walking encyclopedia of jazz history. He rubbed shoulders in Chicago with King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly Roll Morton
1890 - 1941
piano
. He played behind blues queens Ma Rainey
Ma Rainey
Ma Rainey
1886 - 1939
vocalist
and Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith
1894 - 1937
vocalist
and toured with Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
1907 - 1994
composer/conductor
. Then, at the age of 60, he joined the Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
clarinet
Orchestra and his talent began to blossom. Never out of work, he kept on recording and performing for three more decades, right up to the night before he passed away. We were lucky to work with Doc at The Landing when he was 85 years old.

Jim Cullum says, “Doc was full of stories and lore from the early jazz days. He had known Louis and Lil from the mid ’20s during his first visits to Chicago. No one was more colorful or more fun. His playing got better in his old age.”

Bassist, composer and arranger Bob Haggart (1914-1998) launched his career playing with the Bob Crosby
Bob Crosby
b.1913
Orchestra and the Bob Cats in the 1930s. His buoyant, swinging style on bass made him a winner in jazz polls and led to recording sessions with Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
1901 - 1971
trumpet
and Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
. But his abilities as an arranger and composer proved him to be far more than a talented sideman. He earned his place in jazz history with compositions like “Big Noise from Winnetka” and “South Rampart Street Parade.” Haggart’s 1939 mega-hit “What’s New?” with lyrics by Johnny Burke, has been recorded by artists from Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
1915 - 1959
vocalist
to Linda Ronstadt.

Jim Cullum knew Bob Haggart well. “He was a consummate gentleman and dedicated musician. By the time he started playing with us he was famous. He played with great drive and energy and enjoyed the music and the life.”

Vocalist Joe Williams (1918-1999) knew he would have a career in music the moment he began to meet the headliners at Chicago’s Regal Theater where he worked as a security guard in the 1940s. A decade later, he was singing with the Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
Orchestra. It was another dream-come -true in 1955 when the first recording Williams made with Basie topped the charts for six months. Joe Williams belted out the Memphis Slim
Memphis Slim
Memphis Slim
1915 - 1988
piano
song “Ev'ryday I Have the Blues” on his first chart-topper with the Basie Band. But Williams became as renowned for his ballad singing as the blues. With his passionate delivery he re-invented the sound of the big-band balladeer. Later in life, proving his versatility once again, Williams played “Grandpa Al” on Bill Cosby’s network TV show.


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