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Savannah Music Festival LIVE is a weekly radio series produced for Georgia Public Broadcasting, which is now in its 16th season. The show has been licensed to public radio stations across the country and is available to stream online anytime. GPB Radio's weekly statewide broadcasts are on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. and WUGA on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9 p.m

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1639 – Teada / Maeve Gilchrist & Bruce Molsky

On this episode we listen to selections from two unforgettable 2023 festival concerts, starting with the incredible Irish traditional band Teada and a Celtic-Appalachian duo consisting of Maeve Gilchrist & Bruce Molsky.


    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1639 – Teada / Maeve Gilchrist & Bruce Molsky

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1639 – Teada / Maeve Gilchrist & Bruce Molsky On this episode we listen to selections from two unforgettable 2023 festival concerts, starting with the incredible Irish traditional band Teada and a Celtic-Appalachian duo consisting of Maeve Gilchrist & Bruce Molsky.

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1637 – Sona Jobarteh / Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1637 – Sona Jobarteh / Christone "Kingfish" Ingram On this episode we feature two standout performances from the opening weekend of our 2023 festival: Gambian kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh and the electrifying Mississippi blues guitarist and singer Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1618 – Eddie Palmieri / Drew Petersen

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1618 – Eddie Palmieri / Drew Petersen On this episode we’ll feature most of the second dance party set performed in 2023 by the celebrated Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band, and conclude three excerpts from Chopin’s Etudes, Opus 25, performed by Drew Petersen.

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1617 – Drew Petersen

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1617 – Drew Petersen On this episode, we’ll listen to a portion of the recital program performed by Drew Petersen at during our 2023 festival, including Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel and Robert Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major, Opus 17.

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1616 – Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope / Bruce Molsky

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1616 – Zurich Chamber Orchestra / Bruce Molsky & Maeve Gilchrist On this episode, we’ll listen to segments of two very different 2023 festival programs for strings: the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope, followed by music for fiddle and Celtic lever harp performed by Bruce Molsky and Maeve…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1611 – Schubert Octet

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1611 – Schubert Octet On this episode, we listen to a cheerful, energetic work that showcases the melodic genius of Franz Schubert: his Octet in F Major D. 803. From the the Philip Dukes and Friends chamber music series during the 2023 Savannah Music Festival, this is Michael Collins…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1610 – Bassekou Kouyate / Jake Blount, Laurel Premo, Nic Gareiss

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1610 – Bassekou Kouyate / Jake Bount, Laurel Premo, Nic Gareiss On this episode, we listen to a co-bill presented at our 2023 festival that paired Malian master ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate with a trio of young American folk and traditional musicians including Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss and Laurel…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1608 – Cecile McLorin Salvant 2023, Part Two

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1608 – Cecile McLorin Salvant 2023, Part Two On this episode, we’ll hear the second half of a performance given by multiple Grammy Award-winning vocalist and artist Cecile McLorin Salvant. She is joined by her longtime collaborators Sullivan Fortner on piano and Keita Ogawa on percussion, and for the…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1607 – Cecile McLorin Salvant (Part One) / San Salvador

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1607 – Cecile McLorin Salvant (Part One) / San Salvador On this episode, we’ll hear excerpts from a closing day co-bill presented at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Festival shows across april 8, 2023 involved many French and creole influences, and this one was no exception. The concert…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1604 – Mozart & Purcell

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1604 – Mozart & Purcell On this episode, we’ll hear two performances from the 2023 festival during the Philip Dukes & Friends chamber music series, along with a 2016 festival concert featuring the ensemble L’arte del mondo with Lorenza Boranni on violin. The bulk of the program will focus…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1602 – Beethoven Septet / Terence Blanchard

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1602 – Beethoven Septet / Terence Blanchard On this episode, we listen to the March 29, 2023 performance of the Beethoven Septet in E-flat Major, Opus 20, played during the second concert of our Philip Dukes & Friends chamber music series. Later in the program, we’ll shift gears to…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1601 – Charles McPherson Quintet feat. Sean Jones / Joe Alterman Trio with Houston Person, Part Two

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1601 – Charles McPherson Quintet / Joe Alterman Trio, Part Two On this first episode of the 16h season of Savannah Music Festival LIVE, we’ll listen to part two of a 2023 festival co-bill that featured two elder statesmen of jazz saxophone: Charles McPherson and Houston Person. McPherson led…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1552 – Charles McPherson Quintet feat. Sean Jones / Joe Alterman Trio with Houston Person, Part One

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1552 – Charles McPherson Quintet & Joe Alterman Trio, Part One On this episode, we’ll listen to part one of a 2023 festival co-bill that featured two elder statesmen of jazz saxophone: Charles McPherson and Houston Person. McPherson led his quintet featuring trumpeter Sean Jones, while Person was featured…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1547 – Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio / Medeski’s Mad Skillet

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1547 – Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio / Medeski's Mad Skillet On this episode, we’ll listen back to two distinctive keyboard driven ensembles presented during our 2019 festival season: the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio and Medeski’s Mad Skillet, a band fronted by John Medeski and Will Bernard.

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1540 – 2022 Guitar Special

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1540 – 2022 Guitar Special On this episode, rather than listening in on only two past performances, we’ll focus on some of the fantastic guitar playing that occurred at our 2022 festival. we’ll hear a range of instrumentalists and styles, including bluegrass flatpicker Bryan Sutton, jazz greats John Jorgenson…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1536 – Jorge Glem & Sam Reider

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1536 – Jorge Glem & Sam Reider On this episode, we listen to a concert at our 2022 festival given by Venezuelan cuatro player and composer Jorge Glem and American accordionist, pianist and composer Sam Reider.

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1535 – John Jorgenson Quintet 2022

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1535 – John Jorgenson Quintet 2022 On this episode, we’ll listen to highlights from a concert at our 2022 festival given by the renowned John Jorgenson Quintet.

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1534 – True Blues / Les Filles de Illighadad

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1534 – True Blues / Les Filles de Illighadad On this episode, we’ll listen to highlights from our 2022 festival. Stylistically, this co-bill spanned the Delta and Piedmont blues of the American South along with the desert blues and Tende music of Niger. The artists involved were Corey Harris,…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1531 – Sebastian Knauer’s Mozart-Nyman Concert

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival 1531 – Sebastian Knauer's Mozart/Nyman Concert This program featured new music composed by Michael Nyman for pianist Sebastian Knauer, which was intertwined with Mozart Sonatas. We begin with the third movement from Mozart’s Piano Sonata in F Major K. 332, performed by Sebastian Knauer.

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1529 – Olga Kern / Sebastian Knauer

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1529 – Olga Kern / Sebastian Knauer On this episode we listen to portions of two magnificent piano recitals given at our festival in 2022 – one by Russian-American pianist Olga Kern in her Savannah debut, and the other by German pianist Sebastian Knauer, a longtime participant in the…

    SMF Live 1525 – Emmet Cohen Trio / Samara Joy & the Pasquale Grasso Trio

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1525 – Emmet Cohen Trio / Samara Joy & the Pasquale Grasso Trio On this episode we listen to performances by two exceptional young jazz musicians recorded at our 2022 festival: pianist Emmet Cohen with his trio and vocalist Samara Joy with the Pasquale Grasso Trio.

    SMF Live 1524 – Mr. Sun / Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1524 – Mr. Sun / Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves On this episode we’ll listen to two exceptional acoustic music projects: one fiddle and banjo duo that explores and enlivens the old-time tradition, and the other that turns the stringband ensemble format on its head, incorporating elements of…

    SMF Live 1523 – Delebration / Balsam Range

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1523 – Delebration / Balsam Range On this episode, we’ll listen to the a 2019 performance given by the Del McCoury Band, on an evening that we dubbed Del’s 80th birthday “Delebration.” In the second half, we’ll keep the bluegrass going with a segment of a 2015 concert given…

    SMF Live 1520 – Sean Jones Quartet / Kittel & Co.

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1520 – Sean Jones Quartet / Kittel & Co. On this two-part episode we’ll hear excerpts from trumpeter Sean Jones and his quartet, along with a segment of a performance by fiddle player and composer Jeremy Kittel’s ensemble Kittel & Co., all recorded live at the 2022 Savannah Music…

    SMF Live 1517 – Kenny Barron / Cecile McLorin Salvant Part Two

    savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1517 – Kenny Barron / Cecile McLorin Salvant Part Two On this episode we hear segments of performances by the great jazz pianist Kenny Barron along with more from the 2016 Cecile Mclorin Salvant concert.

    SMF Live 1515 – Cecile McLorin Salvant Part One / Julian Lage

    savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1515 – Cecile McLorin Salvant Part One / Julian Lage Listen back to festival sets given by two jazz luminaries, singer Cecile Mclorin Salvant and guitarist Julian Lage.

    SMF Live 1512 – Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola / Charles McPherson Quartet

    savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1512 – Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola / Charles McPherson On this episode, we go back in time to our 2013 festival for a two-part show. In the first half, we’ll hear seven string guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola from a concert they gave that season. And after the…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1511 – Brahms & Béla

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1511 – Brahms & Béla On this episode we listen to excerpts from two concerts given at our 2022 festival: one from the Philip Dukes & Friends chamber music series, followed by two songs from Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart. We begin with a performance of Brahms’ Piano Quintet…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1510 – Celebrating Ray Brown Part Two feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1510 – Celebrating Ray Brown II feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater In a prior episode, we listened to highlights from the first half of a concert entitled Celebrating Ray Brown, which featured a trio consisting of Christian McBride on bass, Eric Reed on piano and Jeff Hamilton on drums. Today…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1509 – Celebrating Ray Brown Part One / David Finckel & Wu Han

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1509 – Celebrating Ray Brown / David Finckel & Wu Han In this episode, we begin with highlights from a show celebrating the inimitable bassist, composer and bandleader Ray Brown. The trio consisted of Eric Reed on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Jeff Hamilton on drums. In the…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1508 – Sullivan Fortner / Chris Pattishall

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1507 – Sullivan Fortner / Chris Pattishall In this episode, we listen to portions of two wonderful solo piano performances given at the 2018 Savannah Music Festival. We start with a selection of works played by New Orleans native Sullivan Fortner, followed by a handful of tunes by Willie…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1506 – Titans of the B-3

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1506 – Titans of the B-3 The use of the organ in jazz was shuffled to the side of the stage beginning in the late 1960s when lightweight electric keyboards and synthesizers became standard operating equipment. In this episode we listen to Savannah performances given by two titans of…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1505 – Lee Fields / William Bell

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1505 – Lee Fields / William Bell In this episode we listen to the old school soul of Lee Fields & the Expressions and Stax Records pioneer William Bell, recorded live in Savannah in April of 2018 and November of 2019.

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1504 – Hallelujah Train / The Spanish Tinge

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1504 – Hallelujah Train / The Spanish Tinge In this episode, we go back in the archives to hear segments of two powerful performances: The Hallelujah Train feat. Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. and Shreveport’s Zion Baptist Mass Choir under the direction of Sereca Henderson with a band including drummers…

    Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1503 – Vijay Iyer Trio / Cedric Burnside

    savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1503 – Vijay Iyer Trio / Cedric Burnside In this episode, we’ll get a window into the worlds of two very different artists: jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and Mississippi hill country bluesman Cedric Burnside. Iyer brought his trio featuring bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Jeremy Dutton to…