THE CLASSICS IV
Saturday, April 11th
The legendary Classics IV was one of the most popular and influential groups of the 1960s and 70s. Over the years they accumulated a total of 16 Billboard chart hits, including their signature classics, “Spooky,” “Traces Of Love,” and “Stormy,” along with other hits like “Every Day With You Girl,” and “What Am I Crying For.” The Classics IV continue to tour and perform in a variety of venues worldwide, captivating audiences with their good humor and impressive stage show, which features a multi-media presentation honoring their colleague, friend and founding member, the late Dennis Yost.
THE JIM CULLUM JAZZ BAND
As heard on Riverwalk Jazz, Saturday Evenings at 8:00 PM on Radio Kansas.
Thursday, May 7th, 7:30 PM
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band has appeared in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, major worldwide jazz festivals, and stars in its own public radio series, Riverwalk Jazz, broadcasting since 1987, heard on over 150 Public Radio stations nationwide and on the internet. Riverwalk Jazz is featured on Radio Kansas every Saturday night at 8:00 PM
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band plays jazz in the classic manner, that is, in the style of small, hot ensembles prior to WWII. The band's repertoire covers a lot of ground--from 19th-century cakewalks to the small pre-war Benny Goodman ensembles.
The core of the band's music consists of the sounds of Jelly Roll Morton, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet, as well as a heavy emphasis on Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael.
In keeping with the band's historical point of view, period instruments and performance practices are often used. Each member of the band is a specialist in historically informed jazz styles.
Leader Jim Cullum plays a cornet (instead of the trumpet or flugelhorn used in modern jazz), which was the instrument preferred by early jazz masters King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Howard Elkins plays a 1920s-vintage Epiphone archtop 4-string tenor guitar and a 1935 Gibson tenor banjo. Don Mopsick plays an old German double bass set up with gut strings and high action in the manner of the pre-amplified era. Mike Waskiewicz uses drumming techniques and equipment more commonly found in the earlier drumming styles of Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, and Baby Dodds.
From 1993-2005, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band was on the faculty of the Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop. The Jim Cullum Jand Band and the producers of Riverwalk Jazz, in partnership with the San Antonio YMCA are currently developing an after-school enrichment program for elementary school children called The Jim Cullum Video Curriculum.
In April, 2007, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band completed an epic tour of Russia that took them from Moscow to eastern Siberia and back west to the Baltic Sea. They played 9 concerts in 17 days and covered 7 time zones. The Russian audiences were wildly enthusiastic in their applause and appreciation for the band's music. The band continues to tour around the globe today, bringing their historic and rich sound to packed houses everywhere.
2014 - 2015 Delos V. Smith Winter Film Series Underway
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Tickets for the 2014-2015 Delos V. Smith Winter Film Series will remain $5, - Buy One, Get One FREE! Single tickets can only be purchased the day of the show and go on sale 45 minutes prior to showtime.
State-Of-The-Art Digital Projection and Sound Are Installed Ready to Go
Thanks to funding provided by the Delos V. Smith Foundation and additional anonymous donations, the Fox has upgraded its projection system from 35mm film to the current industry standard format of digital projection. Over the past several years the movie distribution industry has switched from shipping titles to theatres on 35mm film to digital content on small, light-weight hard disk drives, saving an incredible amount of money associated with creating and shipping large, heavy film reels to theatres across the country. The Fox has still been using 35mm projectors for film presentation, but with major studios earlier this year announcing the complete discontinuation of the distribution of film, a conversion to digital cinema became unavoidable.
Fortunately the Delos V. Smith Foundation, who also underwrites our summer and winter film series, stepped up with partial funding for the transition, while donations from other anonymous sources helped cover the remaining costs of the $125,000 project. The new digital cinema equipment provides a brighter, clearer picture without the scratces and graininess of 35mm film, along with better sound.