Riverwalk Jazz

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  • Hosted by Jim Cullum

Recorded live at the Land Jazz Club in San Antonio, Texas, Riverwalk celebrated the lives and music of America's top jazz musicians, past and present. Each week, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band saluted these jazz pioneers in live performances and fascinating stories that celebrated historical moments in the history of jazz.

The Riverwalk Jazz radio series told the story of early jazz and blues as it evolved in the first half of the 20th century on public radio stations for more than two decades.

Although Riverwalk Jazz has discontinued producing new shows and is no longer being broadcast on WRTI, you can still listen to podcasts of the program here!

After 26 years of bringing us the stories and sounds of traditional jazz and swing — early jazz from the streets of New Orleans to the music of Harlem clubs in the '20s — Riverwalk Jazz is coming to an end. The program, adored by WRTI listeners, will air for the last time on Sunday, January 3rd at 6 pm.

You can still listen to podcasts of the show here!

This week we celebrate Scott Joplin’s birthday, which many believe was on November 24th, 1868. WRTI’s Kile Smith looks at a facet of his life that may have led to that unique contribution he made to American music: ragtime.


In the 1920s, America was humming to the tunes of George Gershwin. In this Riverwalk Jazz holiday cabaret, piano man Dick Hyman shares his love of all things Gershwin in music and conversation. Sunday, December 2, 6 to 7 pm.

Listen On Demand Here and read all about the music.

Riverwalk Jazz: One-Hit Wonders of the Golden Era

Sep 14, 2012
Image from Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University.

It’s hard to catch ‘lightning in a bottle’—but sometimes it happens. You write a song, a well-crafted composition that captures the public’s imagination, and it becomes one of the best-loved tunes in American music. And then, lightning doesn’t strike twice.

These ‘One Hit Wonders’ of songwriting were bandleaders, or horn players, or even the occasional ‘nobody from nowhere.’ Regardless of who they were, they captured the spirit and soul of America in one big hit song, and were never heard from again.

"Uncle" Lionel Batiste, the bass drummer, singer and public face of the Treme Brass Band, died Sunday morning. NOLA.com reported that the cause was cancer, and that he was 80.