Airs Thursday, March 22, at 8 p.m. Eric Reed is a powerful, daring and elegant pianist who was blessed with perfect pitch and a desire to play piano for audiences. As a child prodigy raised in the Baptist church, he eventually found his true calling in performing ballads, blues and 4/4 swing, and has since become one of the finest instrumentalists in jazz today. This episode features Reed in a variety of performances at the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. Listen to one of the greatest living exponents of boogie woogie piano, octogenarian Bob Seeley playing at the Charles H. Morris Center during the 2009 Savannah Music Festival. The sound of a train rolling down the tracks has long served as the metaphor for American musical styles rooted in the blues. One such style was created especially on the piano and it's known as boogie woogie. Tune in to this episode to hear one of the genre's greatest living exponents, the 80-year old Bob Seeley. Having studied under Meade Lux Lewis, one of the kings of boogie woogie piano, Seeley's playing style is virtuosic, creative and showcases a very powerful left hand.
Airs, Thursday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. There's nothing like the sound of musicians embracing the concept of swinging on the bandstand, a 20th-century American conception that has since permeated the planet.
Airs, Thursday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. In 2009, brothers Jeff and John Clayton brought their band to the Savannah Music Festival to perform and to participate in Swing Central, SMF's annual high school jazz band workshop and competition. They were joined on stage by John's son, pianist Gerald Clayton, trumpeter Terrell Stafford and drummer Obed Calvaire. Part one of this two-hour radio show features the Clayton Brothers live in the Charles H. Morris Center.
Airs Thursday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m. Afro-Portuguese fado sensation Mariza put on what many are calling the "concert of the year" at the Savannah Music Festival. Tune in for a program featuring her Georgia debut. Fado, which translated means "destiny" or "fate," is a musical genre that can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics.