Airs Thursday, August 28 at 8 p.m. The late Chet Atkins called Martin Taylor "one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world." Pat Metheny stated that Mr. Taylor "is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument." Although completely self-taught, guitarist and composer Martin Taylor continues to enjoy a remarkable musical career that has already spanned five decades. In this episode, we listen to highlights from a 2013 Savannah Music Festival solo concert given by Martin Taylor, on a double-bill with guitarist Julian Lage.

Airs Thursday, August 21 at 8 p.m. Selections from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis' performance as part of our SMF Live concert series As the concept of a jazz orchestra approaches nearly 90 years of existence, the big bands still around and touring with their own style and identity are few and far between. One group that has persisted in sustaining an international presence, while extending and refining the tradition, continues to be lead by a man that has never backed down in his quest to clarify our American mythology through the lens of jazz. Tune in for a performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis from our SMF Live concert series.

Airs Monday, August 18 at 8 p.m. Guitarist Rez Abbasi has spent plenty of time immersing himself in South Asian music; he also has plenty of full-on jazz chops. In his own music as a bandleader, he treads in the wide space between one and the other. Abbasi's set at the CareFusion Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I., features his latest band, a group that features his acoustic guitar paired with vibraphone, bass and drums.


Rez Abbasi, acoustic guitar
Bill Ware, vibraphone
Stephan Crump, bass
Eric McPherson, drums

Set List

Airs Monday, August 11 at 8 p.m. James Carter resists category. He plays the tenor, baritone and soprano saxes, plus the flute and bass clarinet. He clearly aligns himself with classic jazz, though his output is so varied that you couldn't possibly call him conservative. Perhaps it's best to say that he's a fiery, obvious talent whose musical imagination spans all of jazz history at once.

Airs Thursday, August 7 at 8 p.m.  Nearly a quarter of a century ago, banjo master Bela Fleck formed a band that drew on bluegrass, jazz, blues and rock, combining the talents of four unique musicians that play acoustic and electric instruments. They call themselves the Flecktones, and the dexterity they use to make their instruments roar, and the obvious joy that they share in doing so, explains the group's longevity and their loyal fan base. Tune in for part one of a 2012 SMF performance by the original lineup of the Flecktones, including pianist and harmonica player Howard Levy.