Savannah Music Festival

Airs Thursday, January 15 at 8 p.m.  When your personal goal as a musician is to pull the audience in so that they feel like they're a part of the ride, then you're making what Christian McBride calls "people music." That's the mantra that McBride has lived by throughout his career, which combined with his abundant virtuosity, has made him the most in-demand bassist of his generation. In this episode, we listen to a lunchtime performance given by Christian McBride's Trio at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival, including Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums and Christian Sands on piano.

Airs Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m.  Legend has it that when Coleman Hawkins squared off against Lester Young in a late night jam in the late 1930s at a Kansas City nightclub, a new saxophone king was crowned who would forever be known as "Prez." Each year, SMF presents a late night jam to wrap up a week of Swing Central Jazz, typically with a "house band" that holds the bandstand, inviting a variety of soloists to participate throughout the evening. The 2014 late night jazz jam featured the Christian McBride Trio with special guests including Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Marcus Roberts, Cyrus Chestnut, Etienne Charles and many more.

Airs Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 8 p.m. In the ten festivals since 2005, one of our favorite and regularly featured artists has been pianist Sebastian Knauer, who plays in our chamber music series curated by his friend and colleague Daniel Hope.  In this episode we listen to Mr. Knauer's opening day recital at Savannah Music Festival 2014, recorded live at the Trinity United Methodist Church. 

Airs Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Some historians believe that the origins of the string quartet can be traced back to the Baroque trio sonata, in which two solo instruments performed with a continuo section consisting of a bass instrument and a keyboard. Others suggest that the widespread practice of playing works written for string orchestra with just four players, covering the bass part with cello alone, helped formulate the idea of the string quartet. But everyone agrees that the string quartet rose to prominence through the work of Joseph Haydn, and that ever since, the string quartet has been prestigious, and considered a true test of a composer's art. In this program, we listen to string quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, performed by the Miami String Quartet at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, December 4 at 8 p.m. When you survey the history of the piano in 20th century American music, there are several individuals, composers and standards, particularly within jazz and popular songs. Performing a recital that traverses these figures and movements, while ensuring that your renditions remain original, is quite a challenge. In the spring of 2013, pianist Marcus Roberts played a concert at our festival that surveyed a broad cross section of 20th century American music. While he's been featured in a variety of musical contexts at our festival over the past decade, Marcus played a 75-minute recital that included distinctive interpretations of works by Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington as well as some original works and gospel pieces. Tune in to hear highlights from this 2013 SMF concert by the inimitable Marcus Roberts. 

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