A critic once described organist Jimmy Smith as an "excitement merchant" creating a lush, soul-stirring sound that brings audiences to their feet. This tribute explores Smith's early days in Philadelphia and shows how he brought the Hammond organ to the forefront of jazz. We'll also explore his work with trios and big bands, and his work with jazz greats such as Wes Montgomery and Oliver Nelson. Interviewees include Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Mark Whitfield, and Kenny Burrell.
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band plays Muggsy Spanier's work on Riverwalk, Sunday, May 15.
Tune in at 11:00 a.m. to Riverwalk with "Relaxin' at the Touro: Muggsy Spanier and His Ragtime Band." The Jim Cullum Jazz Band explores the "Great 16" recordings of Muggsy Spanier's Ragtime Band, a shining jewel of hot jazz in the '30s.