Airs Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. When the discussion of contemporary American acoustic music arises, several different genres come to mind. If the ingredients of the genre include well-crafted songs, vivid arrangements, instrumental virtuosity, splendid improvisation, complete vocal harmony, as well as a mandolin, a banjo, and a dobro, well, the window gets narrowed down. One group that embodies all of these traits is The Infamous Stringdusters. Listen to the talented young newgrass ensemble The Infamous Stringdusters on this episode of SMF Live, featuring selections culled from their two shows at the Savannah Music Festival in Charles H. Morris Center.
Airs Thursday, February 14 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. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word "saudade," which has no match in English but could be understood as nostalgia felt while missing someone. The origins of fado are a mixture of African slave rhythms, the traditions of Portuguese sailors, and the influence of Arabic music. Join us for a captivating performance given by Mariza, the genre's biggest star, at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts during the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. There have been many outstanding piano trios throughout the history of jazz, each with its own signature sound. There is the majestic swing of the Oscar Peterson Trio, the classy bop of the Hank Jones Trio, the great independence of the Bill Evans Trio, and the powerful virtuosity of Bud Powell's trios. Each great jazz piano trio brought something slightly different into the fold, combining swing, group interaction, and musical dynamics in unique ways. In this episode, we listen to one of the finest contemporary jazz piano trios, the Bill Charlap Trio, in concert at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival with special guest Houston Person. Bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington fill out the stage and sound.
Airs Thursday, January 31 at 8 pm. Taking vocal cues from Sam Cooke and James Brown and wrapping them in the cozy warmth of rhythm and blues, singer/guitarist James Hunter hails from England but has American soul running through his blood. In this episode, we listen to Hunter's SMF performance from the Trustees Theater on a double-bill with Allen Toussaint.
Airs Thursday, January 24 at 8 p.m. When American engineer Laurens Hammond invented the electric Hammond organ in 1934 he knew he had created an organ that could be sold to churches as a lower cost alternative to the wind driven pipe organ. However by the 1950's and 60's it had become a standard keyboard instrument for jazz, blues, rock music, church and gospel music. And if you grew up listening to music during that period the Hammond B3 with a Leslie speaker was a very familiar sound. After more than 40 years of playing the Hammond B3 organ, Ike Stubblefield is one of its modern masters. He began his career playing with Motown greats such as the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and his playing never stopped evolving eventually making him one of the finest B3 players in our time. During this hour we'll listen to Ike Stubblefield and his trio featuring Grant Greene Jr., on Guitar and Marcus Williams on Drums. Ike will play on one of the many Hammond B3 organs from his personal collection.