Airs Thursday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. In this episode, we listen to pianist Bill Charlap and his trio, along with a few guests. The term "Great American Songbook" generally refers to a body of music that includes Broadway theatre, musical theatre, Hollywood musicals, and the so-called Tin Pan Alley period. It include hundreds of songs of enduring popularity written from the Teens through the early 60's in the 20th Century, many of which became, and remain, a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians.
Airs Thursday October 4 at 8:00 p.m. In this episode we listen to a 2010 performance by an American guitarist who has been closely identified to jazz, although he has always taken elements of folk, blues, rock and other styles, and spun them into a wholly original sound. Guitarist Bill Frisell is joined in this closing weekend performance at the Savannah Music Festival by bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen.
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.