This Week In Music

Texan James Allen "Jim" Cullum, Jr., has spent most of his professional life as a cornetist in service to his passion for researching, preserving, and presenting jazz and popular song from the turn of the 20th century to the mid-1940s. As a result he has helped to preserve the traditions of Dixieland jazz and the memory of some of its greatest practitioners. Best known perhaps for his radio show Riverwalk, Live From the Landing, Cullum was born in San Antonio, Texas, from which the show is broadcast.

Cullum's dad, clarinetist Jim Sr., led the Happy Jazz Band in which young Jim played cornet, having taught himself on a horn he found in a pawn shop when he was 14. Cullum's other musical influences included King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Yank Lawson, Bobby Hackett, and others he found on his dad's extensive record collection. Also in the collection were recordings of cornetist Bix Beiderbecke—another of Cullum's guiding musical lights—whose solos the young Cullum managed to learn by ear.

By high school, Cullum was performing in dance bands, and on the death of his father he helped the Happy Jazz Band evolve into The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. The band's repertoire consists of original compositions as well as a rich serving from the jazz heritage including music of W. C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, and others. Cullum's radio program, Riverwalk, Live From The Landing, was created in 1989 to promote jazz history with the widest possible audience and each hour-long show features The Jim Cullum Jazz Band performing with a mix of legendary jazz performers and younger jazz artists.

Since 1993, Jim has served on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Festival and Workshop while putting out more than 50 recordings and arranging more than 1,000 musical compositions. He has performed in jazz festivals throughout the world and in venues like Wolff Trap, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. Cullum also has a special interest in bringing musical instruction to elementary school children in San Antonio.


Hal Leonard Fiddler On The Roof Vocal Score

Fiddler on the Roof was the first Broadway production to pass the 3,000-performance mark—eventually reaching 3,242 shows before the final curtain fell on the Jerome Robbins-directed musical. Starting at the Imperial Theater, Fiddler moved to the Majestic Theater in 1967 and went on in 1970 to The Broadway Theater before ending its run. Interestingly, Fiddler was also the last original Broadway staging for Robbins, who was also the show's choreographer.

Jerry Bock composed the production's music, with a book by Joseph Stein and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Fiddler's sets were inspired by the paintings of artist Marc Chagall, and the plot was based on Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem' short story Tevye and His Daughters. Zero Mostel played the starring role of Tevye, a father of five daughters who struggles to hold on to tradition as his world crumbles around him.

The original production of Fiddler on the Roof was also one of Broadway's most lucrative stagings, returning the show's angels $1,574 for every dollar invested in it. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, Fiddler won nine, including best musical, score, book, direction, and choreography. Numerous revivals followed the Broadway premiere and a movie version of Fiddler on the Roof appeared in 1971.


Week of September 12, 2011
Event: The Metropolitan Opera Opens its New Opera House at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Birthday: Trumpeter Brian Lynch, September 12, 1956

Week of September 5, 2011
Event: Singer Songwriter, and Record Producer Otis Redding,
Records His Hit "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay"

Birthday: Sonny Rollins, September 7, 1930

Week of August 29, 2011
Event: George Gershwin Completes the Orchestral Score for His Opera Porgy and Bess

Birthday: Charlie Parker, August 29, 1920

Week of August 22, 2011
Event: Charles G. Conn Receives a Patent for the Metal Clarinet

Birthday: Leonard Bernstein, August 25, 1918

Week of August 15, 2011
Event: The New York Times Reports that Dolby had Developed a Noise Reduction System for Album and Tape Recording

Birthday: Marc O'Connor, August 15, 1961

Week of August 08, 2011
Event: 14-Year-Old Benny Goodman Works as a Clarinet Player on a Lake Michigan Excursion Boat

Birthday: Pat Metheny, August 12, 1954

Week of August 01, 2011
Event: The Army of France Adds Saxophonesto its Military Bands

Birthday: Tony Bennett, August 3, 1926

Week of July 18, 2011
Event: First Newport Jazz Festival

Birthday: Carl Fontana Born July 18, 1928

Week of July 11, 2011
Event: "His Masters Voice" Trademark Registered

Birthday: Bélla Fleck Born July 10, 1958

Week of July 5, 2011
Event: Benny Goodman and His Band Record "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Birthday: Pinetop Perkins Born July 7, 1913

Week of June 27, 2011
Event: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra Record "St. James Infirmary""

Birthday: Pete Fountain Born July 3, 1930

Week of June 20, 2011
Event: 19 Year-Old Arturo Toscanini Conducts the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra in a Performance of "Aida"

Birthday: Lalo Schifrin Born June 21, 1932

Week of June 13, 2011
Event: New York Jazz Museum Opens

Birthday: Marcus Miller Born June 14, 1959

Week of June 06, 2011
Event: Jelly Roll Morton Records "Jelly Roll Blues" As a Piano Solo

Birthday: Bill Watrous Born June 08, 1939

Week of May 30, 2011
Event: 1962 Bandleader Benny Goodman Leads The First American Jazz Band to Play In The Soviet Union

Birthday: Benny Goodman Born May 30, 1909

Week of May 23, 2011
Event: "In a Precursor to Outdoor Rock Festivals, Ray Charles and B.B. King Perform For 9,000 Fans in Atlanta

Birthday: Miles Davis Born May 26, 1926

Week of May 16, 2011
Event: "When The Saints Go Marching In" Recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Birthday: Woody Herman Born May 16, 1913

Week of May 2, 2011
Event: New York's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center Announces Addition of Rock, Pop, and Jazz Concerts

Birthday: Maynard Ferguson Born May 4, 1928

Week of April 25, 2011
Event: At Decca Studios Charlie Parker Made His First Commercial Recording April 30, 1941

Birthday: Duke Ellington Born April 29, 1899

Week of April 18, 2011
Event: Pipeless Organ Patented by Laurens Hammond April 24, 1934

Birthday: Tito Puente Born April 20, 1923

Week of April 4, 2011
Event: Herp Alpert Born April 4, 1939

Birthday: Freddie Hubbard Born April 7, 1938

Week of March 28, 2011
Birthday: Michael Brecker Born March 29, 1949

Birthday: Herp Alpert Born March 31, 1935

Week of March 14, 2011
Event: Joseph Haydn's Surprise Symphony Is Performed for the First Time March 23, 1792

Birthday: Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

Week of March 7, 2011
Event: Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians Recorded Auld Lang Syne March 7, 1939

Birthday: Leon Bismark (Bix) Beiderbecke March 10, 1903

Week of February 28, 2011
Event: Miles Davis Records "Kind of Blue" on Columbia Records March 2, 1959
Birthday: Frédéric Chopin Marc 1, 1810

Week of February 21, 2011
Event: Duke Ellington Records "The Queen's Suite"
Birthday: Dexter Gordon February 27, 1923

Week of February 14, 2011
Event: Sonny Rollins Records his Title Track "The Bridge" February 14, 1962
Birthday: Buddy DeFranco February 17, 1923

Week of February 7, 2011
Event: Rhapsody in Blue is Performed for the First Time February 12, 1924
Birthday: Marion "Buddy" Childers February 12, 1926

Week of January 31, 2011
Event: Frank Sinatra Debuts on Radio's "Your Hit Parade" February 6, 1943
Birthday: Stanley "Stan" Getz February 2, 1927

Week of January 24, 2011
Event: Original Dixieland Jazz Band Makes the First Jazz Record January 30, 1917
Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart January 27, 1756