Savannah Music Festival - The Battle Royale
Airs Thursday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. An original production of the Savannah Music Festival, Battle Royale put two rhythm sections on stage (Marcus Roberts Trio and the Clayton Brothers), inviting various instrumentalists to the stage throughout the night for a good-natured cutting contest. The tradition of instrumental competition on the bandstand in jazz goes back to the origins of the music. By the early 1930s, such competitive on-stage battles became known as "cutting contests," and they almost always produced some terrific entertainment for the audience in attendance. Driven by the creative conception of Marcus Roberts, The Clayton Brothers and the Marcus Roberts Trio provided the foundation for an explosive display of musicality featuring such artists as Wycliffe Gordon, Andre Heyward, Terrell Stafford, Scotty Barnhardt and many others. Barnhardt and many others.