Airs Thursday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. Born in New York City in 1904, Fats Waller played the organ and sang in the choir of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where his father was the minister. By the time he was a teenager, the lure of playing in the theatre and accompanying silent films transformed his passion for playing music. Over the next ten years he emerged as one of the finest stride pianists while developing his skills as an arranger and composer, making him one of the most popular performers of his era. In this episode, we listen to a 2010 SMF performance of Fats Waller's music by pianist/scholar Dick Hyman.
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.
Airs Thursday, November 28 at 8 p.m. Though her childhood was steeped in the culture of mining and Appalachia, Kathy Mattea wasn't really exposed to much traditional mountain music. But after the 2006 Sago mining disaster in her home state of West Virginia, she took her collection of mining and mountain songs and embarked on a project that literally changed her life. Tune in to this episode for a 2010 SMF performance by Kathy Mattea at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.
Airs Thursday, Thursday, November 21 at 8 p.m. At the turn of the 20th century when the mandolin became popular in America, a man named Orville Gibson changed its shape and marketability. What had primarily been a fad instrument would soon fall into the hands of players that would forever alter its musical direction. This edition of the Savannah Music Festival Live is the second of two programs featuring a concert from our 2010 festival that included mandolin virtuosos Mike Marshall, Chris Thile and Caterina Lichtenberg, with special guest Sarah Jarosz.
Airs Thursday, Thursday, November 14 at 8 p.m. When mandolins began evolving from the lute family in Italy during the 17th and 18th centuries, they were designed with a round back or bowl back in what was known as the Neopolitan style. By the end of the 19th century, a new style with a carved top and back construction inspired by the violin family of instruments began to supplant the European-style mandolins, especially within the United States. On this episode, we listen to a wide range of mandolins and compositions going back several centuries, as performed by three of the most unique and distinct mandolinists in our time: Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg.