Organized in 1962, this ensemble is renowned worldwide for playing the classic jazz associated with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Bix Beiderbecke—among others—plus music by great American composers such as Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Farm, Austin City Limits, and at festivals and concerts across the U.S. and Latin America. The JCJB has also performed in Australia, Europe, and on a wildly successful tour of Russia! From 1963 until 2011, the band performed at The Landing on San Antonio’s Riverwalk.
The musicians are full-time professionals, with extensive backgrounds in traditional jazz, swing, and other vintage musical styles.
Since 1987, Riverwalk Jazz radio broadcasts have featured the Jim Cullum Jazz Band with distinguished musical guests. The Pacific Vista Production is heard worldwide on Public Radio International.
“Wait until you get a load of The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Their Kennedy Center debut was sold out, and the audience was on their feet shouting at the end. A great evening of entertainment”: Douglas Wheeler, The Kennedy Center