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Vijay Iyer Trio featuring Linda May Han Oh and Jeremy Dutton

Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music. He was described by Pitchfork as “one of the best in the world at what he does,” by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star,” and by The New…

Emmet Cohen Trio / Samara Joy feat. Pasquale Grasso Trio

Pianist Emmet Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age 3. In 2011, he was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. He recently won the Cole Porter Fellowship, which is awarded every four years by the American Pianists Association. In addition to leading his own trio (with Russell Hall and Kyle Poole), Cohen is…

NOON30: Samara Joy feat. Pasquale Grasso Trio

Samara Joy recently won the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition, and released her debut recording. Growing up in the Bronx in a musical family, Samara Joy was influenced by the sounds of gospel and R&B, and  artists including Stevie Wonder, Lalah Hathaway, George Duke, and many others. Her first exposure to jazz was at…

NOON 30: Emmet Cohen Trio

Pianist Emmet Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age 3. In 2011, he was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. He recently won the Cole Porter Fellowship, which is awarded every four years by the American Pianists Association. In addition to leading his own trio (with Russell Hall and Kyle Poole),…

Jazz on the River

Join Savannah’s youngest jazz musicians in this free performance on River Street’s Rousakis Plaza. SMF Jazz Academy students showcase tunes by Duke Ellington, Lovie Austin, Miles Davis and others, with special guest performances by Savannah Arts Academy’s Skyelite Jazz Band and other local student ensembles. For more information about SMF Jazz Academy click here.

John Jorgenson Quintet / Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

This one-time-only bill showcases several giants of the six-string.  Formed in 2004, the John Jorgenson Quintet is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France. While the band’s style has been called “Gypsy Jazz” for its dynamic string-driven swing sound based on the music played by Django Reinhardt…

John Jorgenson Quintet / Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

This one-time-only bill showcases several giants of the six-string.  Formed in 2004, the John Jorgenson Quintet is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France. While the band’s style has been called “Gypsy Jazz” for its dynamic string-driven swing sound based on the music played by Django Reinhardt…

Dee Dee Bridgewater & the Memphis Soulphony: Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready

Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning over four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. She also bears the title…

Remembering Ray Brown: Christian McBride, Benny Green and Jeff Hamilton / Sean Jones Quartet

Christian McBride is a six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer, the host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America, and artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival. Since the early 1990’s Christian McBride has recorded on over 300 dates as a sideman. However, he’s been a leader from his debut recording in 1995. Aside from various stints with…

Remembering Ray Brown: Christian McBride, Benny Green and Jeff Hamilton with Special Guest Dee Dee Bridgewater

Christian McBride is a six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer, the host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America, and artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival. Since the early 1990’s Christian McBride has recorded on over 300 dates as a sideman. However, he’s been a leader from his debut recording in 1995. Aside from various stints with…