Savannah Music Festival

Thursday's at 8:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Rob Gibson

The Savannah Music Festival is dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. It is Georgia's largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. In addition to an array of musical performances that includes dance, film, and narrative programs, the festival operates year-round to produce youth concerts, lectures, in-school touring programs, recordings, a weekly radio series, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, and interactive websites.
     The Savannah Music Festival   stages original, one-time only productions, premieres and double-bills, including commissioned works and unique series. The Savannah Music Festival  has made collaboration a priority and works with organizations including the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, The King-Tisdell Cottage/Beach Institute, The Savannah Garden Exposition, Georgia Historical Society, and a variety of the City's houses of worship, all of which have helped to draw record numbers of tourists and locals alike.

Airs Thursday, November 12, at 8 p.m. When one thinks of bebop, the first musician that comes to mind is usually Charlie Parker, the pioneering alto-saxophone player and composer. In this episode, we listen to an early disciple of Parker's, alto sax player Charles McPherson, who was born in 1939 and raised in Detroit. Mr. McPherson grew up surrounded by a wealth of great jazz musicians in the motor city jazz scene, and first came to fame himself working with Charles Mingus in the 1960s and early 70s.

Airs Thursday, November 5, at 8 p.m. The many victorious performances made by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly added timeless examples of small group jazz to a tradition that developed in the wake of the bebop movement of the 1940s. Working together, the three artists achieved a poetic level of expression that was as playful and tender as it was distinctive and mysterious.

Airs Thursday, October 29, at 8 p.m. Mark Shane plays classic jazz piano and his spirited "striding and tickling" combines ragtime feeling, blues, infectious humor, virtuosic technique and a time honored repertoire drawn from the golden age of jazz and swing. Listeners delight to hits made famous by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson and other jazz greats. Mr.

Airs Thursday, October 22, at 8 p.m. This is the first day in a one-time-only, three-day run featuring phenomenal vocalists Catherine Russell and Charenee Wade. Channelling the pioneering vocal styles of 1920s blues divas Bessie Smith ("the Empress of the Blues"), Mamie Smith ("the Queen of the Blues"), Ma Rainey ("the Mother of the Blues") and the legendary icon of stage and film, Ethel Waters, the program features arrangements of the era, under the musical direction of pianist Mark Shane and an all-star band featuring Warren Vaché (trumpet), Mark Lopeman (reeds), Harvey T

Airs Thursday, October 1, at 8 p.m. When you talk about the history of bluegrass music, the names "Earl" and "Lester" are always prevalent, since they led one of the greatest groups, the Foggy Mountain Boys. The band was founded in 1948 by guitarist Lester Flatt, who had been a member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. Flatt brought banjo player Earl Scruggs with him shortly after leaving Monroe to create a lineup that music historians generally view as one of greatest bluegrass bands of all time.

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