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Spirit of Gospel Music in Jazz: Best-Loved Hymns in New Orleans Jazz Band Style

Turn of the century New Orleans-style jazz had deep roots in Spirituals and Gospel Hymns. Jazz musicians continue to look to church music for inspiration, taking familiar melodies from hymns and swinging them in a jazz band style. Guest Topsy Chapman and The Band are no exception.

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Jimmy McPartland: Hot Jazz & Good Times

When Jimmy McPartland first heard the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, he picked up a cornet— and blew into jazz history. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band  celebrates Jimmy McPartland’s birthday this month with clarinetist Evan Christopher, pianist Dick Hyman, and sax man Vince Giordano.

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