Airs Thursday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. Tune in for part one of a two-part special featuring the Savannah Music Festival performance by a piano, guitar and reed trio featuring Dick Hyman, Howard Alden and Ken Peplowski. The term "piano trio" usually refers to to a group comprising a pianist, a double bass player and a drummer. The pianist is generally the leader of these trios, which are usually named after the pianist, such as the Bill Evans Trio or Oscar Peterson Trio. In 1937, however, Nat King Cole formed a piano-guitar-bass trio in Los Angeles, and it became the ensemble format that he would use for the remainder of his life, proving that you didn't need a drum kit to swing.
Airs Thursday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m. This episode of the Savannah Music Festival Live features highlights from a specially conceived concert in which the esteemed faculty of our Swing Central High School Jazz Band Competition & Workshop performs for the students and the general public. Each Spring, twelve of the top high school jazz bands from across the nation travel to Savannah to spend three days studying with a handpicked set of instructors who, individually, are some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time.
Airs Thursday, July 5 at 9:00 p.m. In 1917, and the age of 20, Lee Morse began her career as a singer who became her strong, deep singing voice and vocal range. She was 5-feet tall and weighed in at about 100-pounds, yet she could belt out a song that would startle an audience. Plus, she did something very few pop performers tried: Yodeling. Lee also surrounded herself with very accomplished jazz musicians. Her career lasted until her death in 1954 and during those years she also appeared in vaudeville productions as well as Broadway. Later she would appear in several short films. Although she left an impressive musical legacy over the course of a few years, Lee Morse is all but forgotten today. Join us as we venture back in time for a visit with Lee Morse “The Songbird.”
Airs Monday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. Bassist Chris Allen will be joined by guitarist Nick Palmer and Galen Smith on drums for some live jazz infused music on Monday night. Tune in for more live music during our Summer Pledge Dive and give us a call at 800-552-8502 to make your pledge or go on line here. Donate Now.
Airs Saturday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. Guitarist Steve Howell joins hosts Wally Derleth and Bill Beckett for a live show on Red River Radio. Howell presents a delicate blend of roots music from country, blues and rockabilly to torch songs. In 2011, his CD "Since I Saw You Last" was awarded the Historical Significance Award from the Academy of Texas Music. Support live, local music on the radio by making a pledge by calling 800-552-8502.