Two Of A Kind: Swinging Duos At The Landing On Riverwalk Jazz This Week
This week on Riverwalk Jazz we're pairing up some of our favorite jazz artists in a broadcast of swinging duos. On their own, each one of these musicians lights up the stage, but together, they’re off the charts.
teams up with vocalist Topsy Chapman. San Francisco Bay Area traditional jazz favorite Leon Oakley on cornet pairs off with Mike Walbridge on tuba. Known for his appearances on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, jazz violinist Andy Stein steps up to the mic with guitarist Marty Grosz
. Grosz is an advocate of the non-amplified or “un-plugged” approach to jazz string playing, an important ingredient of swinging rhythm often missing in more modern jazz.
In addition to his frequent performances on A Prairie Home Companion on public radio, jazz violinist Andy Stein has worked with a wide range of artists, from opera star Placido Domingo to pop icon Bob Dylan and piano legend Dick Hyman
and David Holt, Nicholas and Topsy tell of their musical origins and pay tribute to the timelessness of the Crescent City’s musical legacy—ultimately, the font of many of the threads of America’s music.
Leon Oakley and Mike Walbridge continue to be two of the leading exponents of the great Classic Jazz Revival that started in the late 1930s. San Francisco-based Oakley played cornet with the legendary Turk Murphy, and these days works regularly in the Bay Area.
Chicago-based Walbridge was the tuba player with the Original Salty Dog band and still performs frequently at jazz festivals and parties worldwide. Walbridge is an avid record collector and has amassed a great body of knowledge about pre-WWII jazz performance practices and lore.