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, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. Few musical communities have proven more nurturing of emerging talent than bluegrass and its acoustic tributaries. In part this is because precocious youth has proved a wise investment, as evidenced by former teenage virtuosos such as Marty Stuart, Alison Krauss and Chris Thile. But mostly this is because the players themselves are drawn together by their innate love of the music, and by a common quest for new ways to play it. In this episode, we listen to Sarah Jarosz playing with violinist Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith.
Airs Thursday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. Tune in to hear one of Mali's most renowned musicians, Bassekou Kouyate, performing with his group Ngoni Ba. The musical heritage of French West Africa includes a wealth of traditional and popular music styles from a variety of countries including Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin and Mali. The arid, landlocked nation of Mali is a cultural colossus. Its contemporary music serves as a rich and varied reminder of American music's West African roots.
Airs Thursday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. Tune in for a 2010 Savannah Music Festival performance by one of bluegrass music's most accomplished ensembles, the Del McCoury Band. When you think of American roots music, one of the most distinct styles is bluegrass. Bill Monroe once characterized the genre of music he helped create as: "Scottish bagpipes and old-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound. It's plain music that tells a good story. It is played from my heart to your heart, and it will touch you. Bluegrass is music that matters."
Airs Thursday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m. When the family band Cherryholmes burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere during the first few years of the new millennium, they quickly developed a loyal audience, followed by a wealth of honors and awards. On January 12, 2011, after more than a decade together, Cherryholmes surprised the music world by announcing that they had decided to disband the group and would be performing their last show in May of 2011. In this episode, we listen to Cherryholmes' performance at the Savannah Music Festival.