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Mon May 16, 2005
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Music of Jerome Kern on Riverwalk

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends offer a concert of jazz instrumentals of Jerome Kern's tunes, Sunday May 22nd, 11:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m. on WMOT-Jazz 89, Riverwalk Jazz will feature the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and friends, playing the music of Jerome Kern.

JIM CULLUM, JR., Cornetist and Bandleader, began playing cornet in 1955 at age 14. Fascinated with the records of legendary cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, Jim was at first self-taught. In high school he organized his fellow musicians into after-the-game dance bands. While attending college, Jim began a partnership with his clarinetist father, the late Jim Cullum, Sr., forming a seven-piece traditional group they called the Happy Jazz Band.

The next year, a group of San Antonio business leaders established The Landing, a jazz club on the San Antonio Riverwalk, as a showcase for the Happy Jazz Band. Under Jim Jr.'s direction the band evolved into a nationally acclaimed professional company known as the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Boasting 45 record albums of traditional jazz, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band has performed with a great number of jazz luminaries and at many famous venues including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.