Grammy award-winning host David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host, and entertainer, dedicated to performing, preserving, and promoting traditional American music and storytelling. In addition to hosting Riverwalk Jazz, Holt is well known for his television and radio series. He served as host of the Nashville Network's "Fire on the Mountain," "Celebration Express" and "American Music Shop," and PBS' "Folkways." He was also a frequent guest on "Hee Haw," "Nashville Now" and "The Grand Ole Opry." Holt says, "Television can help keep traditional music alive in the modern world by reminding people what a wonderful treasure this lore is." In 1997 and 1998, Holt also hosts a new series of North Carolina Public Television's "Folkways."
Holt plays 10 acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. His most recent music recording, "I Got A Bullfrog: Folksongs for the Fun of It," features great American folksongs that he has collected over the last 20 years and has garnered many awards.
David Holt is recognized as one of the nation's foremost storytellers. He won a 1997 Grammy award in the "Spoken Word for Children" category for his recording of the best-selling children's book, "Stellaluna." Competing in the same category were such notables as Robin Williams for "Jumanji," Carl Reiner for "The Prince and the Pauper" and Michael York for "Treasure Island."
A High Windy Audio recording, "Stellaluna" has received the American Library Association's highest recognition, the ALA NOTABLE, and the Parents' Choice Award.
"Riverwalk Jazz" presents a season of captivating shows that tell the story of jazz in America. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band's music covers the genre's early years — from turn-of-the-century blues and cakewalks, to the small swing ensembles of the 1920s and '30s. Hosted by the award-winning storyteller David Holt and bandleader Jim Cullum, "Riverwalk Jazz" features The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guest artists.
Sponsored by Sun Products, each weekly episode of "Riverwalk Jazz" presents music and narratives, spotlighting renowned artists such as Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, Dick Hyman, Nicholas Payton, Nina Ferro and Carol Woods.