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Jim Cullum 1941 – 2019

The San Antonio cornetist and longtime bandleader for NPR’s Riverwalk Jazz was a connoisseur of the hot

Jim Cullum at the Alamo
Jim Cullum at the Alamo (photo: James Cullum)

Jim Cullum, a cornetist and traditional jazz stalwart who was best known as the house band leader for National Public Radio’s Riverwalk Jazz, died August 11 in his San Antonio, Texas home. He was 77.

His death was announced by Jeff Salzgeber, a representative for the Cullum family. Cause of death was an apparent heart attack, though an investigation is still in progress.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.