Airs Thursday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. In music, an arrangement is the art of preparing and adapting an already written composition for presentation in other than its original form. In this episode, we listen to one of the finest jazz orchestras in our time performing a variety of great arrangements. Under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has nearly twenty years of recording and on the road experience. Their Spring 2007 tour brought them to the Savannah Music Festival, where they played this program of both classic and new arrangements.
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.