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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Jamie Karutz

“Riverwalk Jazz” has graced the airwaves of public radio stations for 25 years. This week, the show is coming to an end.

The show has focused on jazz in the first half of the 20th century. Each episode celebrates a theme or person, such as Hollywood jazz, Ma Rainey or even jazz and civil rights.

For each episode, host David Holt told stories of the time and trumpeter Jim Cullum and his band played the music.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke with Cullum about putting “Riverwalk Jazz” to rest.

Count Basie, in concert with Big Joe Williams and Oscar Peterson at the Congress Center Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany in 1974.
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While he will always be remembered as Count Basie, “Count” wasn’t always part of his name.

It was added when an announcer at the Reno Club in Kansas City joked that Basie’s first name, Bill, was too plain compared to his contemporaries “Duke” Ellington and Earl "Fatha" Hines.

The announcer then said he would refer to Basie as “Count” from then on. The name stuck, and Count Basie was born.

Courtesy Mace Hibbard

When you play the saxophone, people assume you play jazz. But that's not always the case – many sax players actually start out playing classical sax – and maybe they find jazz a little later in life.

Charlie McCullers

There’s a lot going on this weekend,  from an antiques show to a jazz concert at Emory. To figure it all out, WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently spoke with Betsy Riley, an editor with Atlanta Magazine. 

They began their conversation with an event that’s just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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