Airs Thursday, December 5 at 8 p.m. The lineage of great jazz musicians in Georgia goes back to the early 20th century when such renowned musicians as Fletcher Henderson came out of Atlanta University, moved to New York city and formed one of the finest big bands of all time. In this episode we feature previous Savannah Music Festival performances by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and trumpeter Marcus Printup, both of whom are from Georgia and will return to the SMF in 2011.
Bill Beckett spoke with John Howe from the American Federation of Musicians Local 116 about the third annual Big Band Concert and Clinic which takes place Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at Airline High School in Bossier City. The concert is free for all high school and younger students and $10 for adults with proceeds going toward an endowment account for a Scholarship fund. For more information contact The Band House at 318-868-0522.
Airs Monday, November 11 at 11 a.m. On this week's concert by the San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen will take the podium and lead the orchestra in music by Sibelius, Salonen, Wagner and Schoenberg. The concert opens with Sibelius' Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49 and then violinist Leila Josefowcz joines the orchestra for the Violin concerto by Salonen. Soprano Christine Brewer will then be featured in excerpts from Wagner's opera Gotterdammerung and the program concludes with the Five Pieces for Orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg.
Airs Monday, November 4 at 8 p.m. You might not exactly expect one of the world's premier traditional jazz groups to play their regular gigs in exurban Boston. But the members of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band are experts in ragtime, early New Orleans and Chicago styles, and small group swing — and have been together in one form or another since 1971. The Black Eagles head south to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival to kick off action on the Harbor Stage. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival 2011.
Airs Thursday, October 31 at 8 p.m. While there are certain unmistakeable similarities in the musicianship of the two siblings, the younger brother of Nat King Cole long ago emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother, and his timing swings a little more. In 2012, the Savannah Music Festival presented Freddy Cole on a double bill alongside the Marcus Roberts Trio in a program entitled "Cole in the Afternoon." This episode features Freddy Cole's half of that special matinee concert.