Airs Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. Mark O'Connor came to the Savannah Music Festival and spent ten days pursuing his American music journey. He taught master classes, played solos and duos, and performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He played original compositions with the US Army String Band, his own Hot Swing Trio, and a string quartet, in which he and Daniel Hope were the fiddlers. Tune in to hear a variety of O'Connor's performances, all captured at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tune into highlights from Ruthie Foster's two-night run at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival. If you were born in the 1960s, you could grow up just about anywhere in America and be exposed to gospel, jazz, blues, soul, folk and rock music on the radio and television. Such was the case of Ruthie Foster, who was raised in South Texas and grew up singing in the Baptist Church before she got serious about music as a teenager. Ms. Foster brought her unique blend of American roots music and southern soul to Savannah. Tune in to hear highlights from her second night at the Charles H. Morris Center.
Airs Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. A 2011 Savannah Music Festival production entitled "African Interplay" featured new music from Bob Sadin performed by the Lionel Loueke Ensemble, and began with an enchanting set by kora player Ballake Sissoko and cellist Vincent Segal. When people hear the term "chamber music", more often than not they think of a form of Classical music from the European tradition written for a small number of instruments. In the past 100 years, however, chamber music has grown to include any art music that is performed by a small number of musicians with one player to a part. Tune in to hear part one of one of the 2011 Savannah Music Festival's most distinctive original productions: African Interplay. Malian kora master Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal create an original and intimate sound that comes from both African and European musical traditions.
Airs Thursday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. At the quarter century mark in age, jazz pianist Gerald Clayton has staked a claim in the music by sticking to his mantra that tradition and innovation can peacefully coexist. But with Gerald at the keyboard, this coexistence is often anything but peaceful. Dodging early pressures to emerge as a prodigy, Gerald instead honed his talents and his resolve to ensure that the next generation is never lacking for intricate and swinging performances that are steeped in tradition, while always facing the future. Tune in to listen to Gerald Clayton's solo performance at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, August 30 at 8:00 p.m. Tune in for part two of a special featuring the 2010 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.