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Mavis Staples

Having been referred to as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace” by NPR, Mavis Staples is the kind of once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. Since beginning her career in 1950 with her family group The Staples Singers, she’s become both a Blues and Rock…

Vijay Iyer Trio featuring Linda May Han Oh

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…

Foghorn Stringband

Founded in the late 1990s in Portland, Oregon, Foghorn Stringband specializes in old-time gospel, square dance tunes, ballads, Cajun waltzes, honky-tonk favorites, and pre-bluegrass picking songs. With eight albums, thousands of shows, and more than 15 years of touring under their belts, this acclaimed string band sees itself not as a group of revivalists, but,…

Hot Club of Cowtown

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has been known for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows. The band has toured extensively worldwide for over twenty years, both on its own and with artists including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Gatemouth Brown, the Avett Brothers, and Dan Hicks, and appeared…

Mike Marshall’s Stringband Spectacular

An annual highlight of the Acoustic Music Seminar, this special 2022 edition of Mike Marshall’s Stringband Spectacular includes several alumni of the SMF workshop and mentorship program. Allison de Groot (clawhammer banjo) & Tatiana Hargreaves (fiddle, vocals) are an old-time duo that creates a sound that is adventurous, masterful, and original, as they expand on…

NOON30: Samara Joy

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…

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Mile Twelve

For over 30 years, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have been touring and releasing great, original bluegrass music. After spending a handful of formative years as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (and recording some legendary bluegrass music in the process), Russell Moore formed IIIrd Tyme Out in 1991 and bluegrass music hasn’t…

Emmet Cohen Trio / Samara Joy

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…

Allison Russell / Katie Pruitt

Allison Russell released her first solo project, Outside Child, in May of 2021. The breathtaking album has since earned her three Grammy nominations. A self-taught singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and co-founder of Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago, Russell was raised in Montreal, Quebec. She imbues her music with the colors of her city –…

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Mile Twelve

For over 30 years, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have been touring and releasing great, original bluegrass music. After spending a handful of formative years as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (and recording some legendary bluegrass music in the process), Russell Moore formed IIIrd Tyme Out in 1991 and bluegrass music hasn’t…

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),…

Blind Boys of Alabama / The Campbell Brothers

The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in the 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st. Since…

Zydeco Dance Party: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Creole-born musician C.J. Chenier delivers soulful vocals along with masterful accordion-driven zydeco and blues. Chenier has performed alongside many internationally-recognized artists including his father, Clifton Chenier (“The King of Zydeco”), Paul Simon, Joe Sample and Ray Parker, Jr. In addition to his Grammy Award nomination in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category, C.J. Chenier…

NOON30: Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves

Allison de Groot (clawhammer banjo) & Tatiana Hargreaves (fiddle, vocals) are an old-time duo that creates a sound that is adventurous, masterful and original, as they expand on the eccentricities of these old songs while never losing sight of what makes them endure. Please note: To ensure the well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff,…

Closing Night Party: Cedric Burnside / Eddie 9V

Cedric Burnside still lives on several acres not far from the Holly Springs, Mississippi, home where he was raised by “Big Daddy,” his grandfather, the late singer/songwriter/guitarist R.L. Burnside. Cedric was literally born to the blues, more specifically, the “rhythmically unorthodox” Hill country variant which emerged from Mississippi, where he grew up surrounded (and influenced)…

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen / Lakou Mizik

Jon Cleary’s work pays obvious homage to the classic Crescent City keyboard repertoire created by such icons as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Dr. John, and James Booker – while also using it as a launching pad for a style that incorporates such other diverse influences as ’70s soul and R&B,…

Select Films from Voices of Mississippi and Q&A with Dr. William Ferris and Lance Ledbetter

Join Dr. William Ferris and Lance Ledbetter for a screening of documentary film selections from the Grammy Award-winning box set from the Atlanta-based Dust-to-Digital label. Please note: To ensure the well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff, Savannah Music Festival is implementing health safety measures. Click here for more information. Except in the event of…

Lakou Mizik / Leyla McCalla

Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world. Lakou…

Voices of Mississippi feat. William Ferris, Cedric Burnside, Sharde Thomas, and Luther & Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars

Voices of Mississippi is a new multimedia event that celebrates the music, art, and storytelling traditions of the people of Mississippi. Based on the 2019 double-Grammy Award-winning Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, the program features live musical performances integrated with film, audio recordings, and rare photographs captured by folklorist William…

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble with Simon Crawford-Phillips

REINECKE Trio for Oboe, Horn, and Piano, Opus 188 MOZART Quintet for Winds and Piano in E-flat Major, K. 452 INTERMISSION BRAHMS Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat Major, Opus 120, No. 2 BEETHOVEN Quintet for Winds and Piano in E-flat Major, Opus 16    The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was…

Lakou Mizik / Leyla McCalla

Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their culture and communicate a message of pride, strength, and hope to their countrymen and the world. Lakou…

Sebastian Knauer, piano

MOZART Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545, I. Allegro (04:29) NYMAN 6 Piano Pieces for Sebastian Knauer, K1 (03:47) MOZART Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 330, II. Andante cantabile (06:12) NYMAN 6 Piano Pieces for Sebastian Knauer, K2 (04:06) MOZART Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 332, III. Allegro assai (04:56) NYMAN 6…

Les Filles de Illighadad / True Blues: Corey Harris, Phil Wiggins, Cedric Watson

In this co-bill, two distinct storytelling traditions come together in the desert blues and tende of Niger and the blues of the American South. Les Filles de Illighadad come from a secluded commune in central Niger, far off in the scrubland deserts at the edge of the Sahara. Fatou Seidi Ghali, lead vocalist and guitarist,…

Les Filles de Illighadad / True Blues: Corey Harris, Phil Wiggins, Cedric Watson

In this co-bill, two distinct storytelling traditions come together in the desert blues and tende of Niger and the blues of the American South.  Les Filles de Illighadad come from a secluded commune in central Niger, far off in the scrubland deserts at the edge of the Sahara. Fatou Seidi Ghali, lead vocalist and guitarist,…

Les Filles de Illighadad

Les Filles de Illighadad come from a secluded commune in central Niger, far off in the scrubland deserts at the edge of the Sahara. Fatou Seidi Ghali, lead vocalist and guitarist, is one of the only female Tuareg guitarists in Niger. Les Filles de Illighadad perform tende music, a traditional form dominated by women and…

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Robert Spano, Conductor, Avi Avital, Mandolin

Robert Spano, Conductor Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Avi Avital, Mandolin   Commissioned for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Maestro Spano, The Parallactic Transits invites audiences to look to the stars. “I hope to paint an image both of the stars slowly moving in our field of vision and of we ourselves, moving metadimensionally around the…

The Wood Brothers

Dubbed “masters of soulful folk” by Paste, The Wood Brothers formed after brothers Chris and Oliver Wood pursued separate musical careers for 15 years. Chris already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his…

Drive-By Truckers

Originally hailing from Athens, Georgia, the Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band celebrated their 25th anniversary last year. “​​From their first notes together to their current tour,…

Ring Shout of the Georgia Coast: McIntosh County Shouters Q&A

In a panel discussion format, this free Q&A is an exploration of the Ring Shout tradition of coastal Georgia and South Carolina. It features McIntosh County Shouters members Brenton Jordan and Carletha Sullivan, along with renowned artist, musician, and folklorist Art Rosenbaum, whose book Shout Because You’re Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition on…

NOON30: McIntosh County Shouters

A compelling fusion of dance, call-and-response singing, and percussion (consisting of hand-clapping and beating a stick on the floor), the ring shout tradition of the Georgia and South Carolina coast has African origins but also contains strong elements of Christian belief. NEA National Heritage Fellows the McIntosh County Shouters are the foremost practitioners of this…

Philip Dukes & Friends IV: All Beethoven

There is perhaps no better way to conclude the chamber music series for 2022 than a special concert dedicated to the great master Ludwig van Beethoven. Arguably one of the greatest exponents of the chamber music medium, the program opens with his electric and fiery C Major String Quintet, affectionately known as “The Storm.” It…

Beethoven and the Mandolin: Caterina Lichtenberg & Mike Marshall

In our second of three distinctly different celebrations for the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, mandolinists Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg will play a program from their rich duet repertoire. Beethoven wrote four pieces for mandolin and Mrs. Lichtenberg performs two of these accompanied by Adam Jaffe on fortepiano. These works were written…

Philip Dukes & Friends II: Tales of the Unexpected

In a first for the SMF chamber music series, we travel to the magnificent surroundings of the Metal Building at Trustees’ Garden, for a program of fantasy and drama. In a semi-staged, partly programmatic concert, Impressionist France meets the mysterious world of Edgar Allan Poe, with a reading of Poe’s macabre tale “The Masque of…

John Jorgenson Quintet / Frank Vignola / 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…

Watchhouse (fka Mandolin Orange)

Formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Watchhouse (formerly known as Mandolin Orange) are songwriter Andrew Marlin (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (vocals, violin, guitar). More than a decade down the road, a half-dozen albums, and a family of their own to contend with, Watchhouse makes beautiful, downhome, contemporary acoustic folk music…

John Jorgenson Quintet / Frank Vignola / 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…

NOON30: Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and string band music of all kinds, Dobro and lap steel specialist Rob Ickes and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley formed a partnership in 2015 after their debut album, Before The Sun Goes Down, was nominated for a Grammy. Since then, the duo has performed…

Philip Dukes & Friends III: Brahms & Schumann

In this palindromic program we are treated to arguably two of the greatest Piano Quintets ever composed. Much has been written and discussed concerning the fascinating relationship between Brahms and Schumann (and indeed Clara Schumann’s involvement) and whilst that aspect adds an interesting twist to proceedings, ultimately the music of these two great masters is…

Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart feat. Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull, Bryan Sutton, Mark Schatz and Justin Moses

“They nearly always come back,” said Béla Fleck. “All the people that leave bluegrass. I had a strong feeling that I’d be coming back as well.” My Bluegrass Heart is that return the 15-time Grammy winner is talking about – the third chapter in a decades-spanning trilogy which, by his counting, started with 1988’s Drive…

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…

Cajun Dance Party: The Revelers

Representing the new generation of Cajun musicians, The Revelers blend the fundamental elements of Cajun music with pop, rock, and R&B to create their signature brand of Louisiana-bred party music. Between them, Blake Miller (accordion), Chas Justus (guitar), Daniel Coolik (fiddle, guitar), Chris Miller (saxophone), Trey Boudreaux (bass), and Glenn Fields (drums) are connected with…

Celebrating Bach: Dover Quartet & Bridget Kibbey

Celebrated harpist Bridget Kibbey and the renowned Dover Quartet are collaborating for the first time in a celebration of the “father” of all Western composers, J.S. Bach. An acclaimed soloist and chamber musician who has toured and recorded with Dawn Upshaw and Placido Domingo, Bridget Kibbey brings virtuosic brilliance and musical charisma to her performances….

NOON30: Kittel & Co.

Called “one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation” by WGBH, Grammy-nominated violinist and composer Jeremy Kittel’s music inhabits the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, and folk and jazz sensibilities. According to The Bluegrass Situation, Kittel & Co. has “accomplished a feat of new acoustic, string band-rooted…

Kittel & Co. / Mr. Sun

Called “one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation” by WGBH, Grammy-nominated violinist and composer Jeremy Kittel’s music inhabits the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, and folk and jazz sensibilities. According to The Bluegrass Situation, Kittel & Co. has “accomplished a feat of new acoustic, string band-rooted…

Balsam Range / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Don’t miss this powerhouse bluegrass co-bill on opening night! Balsam Range is the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, and has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 8 critically-acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences…

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

FRANCK Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Opus 21 SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, Opus 16 ALBENIZ Iberia Book I RAVEL Jeux d’eau RAVEL La Valse British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances, distinctive sound, and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most arduous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his music-making….

Kittel & Co. / Mr. Sun

Called “one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation” by WGBH, Grammy-nominated violinist and composer Jeremy Kittel’s music inhabits the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, and folk and jazz sensibilities. According to The Bluegrass Situation, Kittel & Co. has “accomplished a feat of new acoustic, string band-rooted…

Balsam Range / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Don’t miss this powerhouse bluegrass co-bill on opening night! Balsam Range is the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year and has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 8 critically-acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences…

Cajun Dance Party: The Revelers

Representing the new generation of Cajun musicians, The Revelers blend the fundamental elements of Cajun music with pop, rock, and R&B to create their signature brand of Louisiana-bred party music. Between them, Blake Miller (accordion), Chas Justus (guitar), Daniel Coolik (fiddle, guitar), Chris Miller (saxophone), Trey Boudreaux (bass), and Glenn Fields (drums) are connected with…

Latin Dance Party: Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Founded in 2000 by composer-arranger Oscar Hernández, the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable, thrilling and authentic Latin jazz collectives working today. Born into a large Puerto Rican family living in the Bronx, near Spanish Harlem, Hernández started playing trumpet at age 12, then switched to piano. By the 1970s, he…

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

Bruce Hornsby, the creatively insatiable pianist and singer-songwriter from Williamsburg, Virginia, always has succeeded on his exceptional gifts, his training and his work ethic. He has returned to traditional American roots forms, collaborating with Ricky Skaggs. He has played with the Grateful Dead. He has fused the plunk and dazzle of 20th-century modernist classical composition…

Lúnasa

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honour of the Irish god Lugh, Lúnasa was formed in 1997 by members of some of the greatest Irish groups of the previous decade. An early review from Folk Roots magazine described the band as an “Irish music dream team.” From the start, the band’s complex arrangements…

Diana Burco / Jorge Glem & Sam Reider

A rising star of the explosive and multi-dimensional Colombian music scene, Diana Burco is a singer-songwriter and accordion player. A native of Bucaramanga in the Andes mountains district of Santander, Burco has played and investigated Colombia’s traditional music since she was a child. She has traveled throughout Colombia searching out the country’s varied forms and…

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…

Diana Burco / Jorge Glem & Sam Reider

A rising star of the explosive and multi-dimensional Colombian music scene, Diana Burco is a singer-songwriter and accordion player. A native of Bucaramanga in the Andes mountains district of Santander, Burco has played and investigated Colombia’s traditional music since she was a child. She has traveled throughout Colombia searching out the country’s varied forms and…

Philip Dukes & Friends I: Saint-Säens & Fauré

In the first of two contrasting programs featuring French music, we hear two fabulous Piano Quartets, one by Saint-Säens and one by Fauré, interspersed with the colorful and humorous classic Carnival of the Animals. The original idea was to feature Saint-Säens in 2021 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death, and although we weren’t…

Latin Dance Party: Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Founded in 2000 by composer-arranger Oscar Hernández, the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable, thrilling and authentic Latin jazz collectives working today. Born into a large Puerto Rican family living in the Bronx, near Spanish Harlem, Hernández started playing trumpet at age 12, then switched to piano. By the 1970s, he…

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…

Olga Kern, piano

With a vivid onstage presence, dazzling technique, and keen musicianship, Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is widely recognized as one of the great artists of her generation. She was born into a family of musicians in Russia and began studying piano at the age of five, and at seventeen was awarded first prize at the Rachmaninoff…

George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners / Rebirth Brass Band

An SMF Encore Production   Perhaps best known as the bassist for The Meters, George Porter, Jr. is one of the progenitors of the modern funky New Orleans sound. During the course of a career spanning more than four decades, Porter has worked with a galaxy of stars including Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne,…

2022 Festival Poster by Albin Christen

The 2022 poster by Swiss artist Albin Christen is available in a limited edition of 300 screen-printed posters and available in two color combinations: teal/black and metallic gold/black. Each poster is numbered and signed on the back by the printmaker.

Gift Cards

Gift cards to the Savannah Music Festival make the perfect gift for the live music lover and are available in three convenient amounts: $25, $50 and $100.

Development Associate

Development Associate Location: Savannah, Georgia Term: Full-time position, exempt Reports to: Interim Executive Director Reply by: Friday, December 3 The Development Associate is a critical member of the Development team. This is a proactive fundraising role that cultivates, solicits, and stewards Savannah Music Festival’s Festival Society individual donors (under $5,000) and corporate sponsors and ensures…

Vaccine Verification

Vaccine Verification Please upload an image of your COVID vaccination card. When you arrive at the concert, please check in at the “pre-verified” station. All uploaded records will be destroyed no later than October 25, 2021.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1419 – Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1419 – Dr. Lonnie Smith 2018 September 28, 2021 saw the passing of 79-year old jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, NEA Jazz Master and one of the most revered and soulful musicians to ever sit behind a Hammond B3. On this episode of Savannah Music Festival LIVE, we’ll listen to highlights…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1416 – Hope & Dukes 2014

savannahmusicfestival · SMFLive1416_HopeandDukes2014 From 2004-2019, violinist Daniel Hope assembled a group of American and European musicians and programmed our annual chamber music series. Now that Associate Artistic Director chair is held by British violist Philip Dukes, a longtime series participant, and friend and collaborator of Hope’s. Philip Dukes is recognized as one of the world’s…

Development Manager

Development Manager Location: Savannah, Georgia Term: Full-time position Reports to: Interim Executive Director Date posted: September 13, 2021 The Development Manager is a critical member of the Development team. This is a proactive fundraising role that cultivates, solicits, and stewards (1) donors at Concert Circle level and above; and (2) foundation and government grant contacts….

Winter Bash

SAVANNAH MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS WINTER BASH WITH JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER WITH WYNTON MARSALIS! HOLIDAY PARTY & CONCERT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2021 Winter Bash Chair | Rhegan White-Clemm Honorary Chairs | Ron & Susan Whitaker Join us for SMF’s first Winter Bash in the gorgeous Telfair Rotunda as you sip, snack and mingle in your…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1404 – Joey DeFrancesco & the People

savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1404 – Joey DeFrancesco & the People 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. Joey DeFrancesco saw this development as an unfair disengagement. By advocating for a reevaluation…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1402 – Crawford, Doyle, Vallely, Wickel

savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1402 – Crawford, Doyle, Vallely, Wickel In early April of 2014, an assembly of some of the finest traditional musicians in Scottish and Irish music took up residence at the Charles H Morris Center during the Savannah Music Festival. The Irish side of that equation was made up of Kevin Crawford,…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1351 – Steep Canyon Rangers 2019

savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1351 – Steep Canyon Rangers 2019 The North Carolina-based sextet Steep Canyon Rangers has spent two decades bending the bluegrass aesthetic and combining it to elements of pop, country and folk rock. The Grammy Award-winning band, which toured and collaborated extensively with comedian and banjo player Steve Martin, is made up…

2021 Spring Season T-Shirt

The limited-edition t-shirt for SMF’s Spring Season features the colorful illustration by French illustrator Peggy Nille on the back and the new SMF logo and tagline (A World of Music. One City.) on the chest. Color: Chambray Shirt details: Unisex sizing. 100% Combed Ringspun Organic Cotton 5.0oz Tees. Garment dyed with low impact dyes and…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1349 – Jon Cleary

savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1349 – Jon Cleary A world-renowned keyboardist and vocalist, Jon Cleary draws upon 35 years of immersion in the New Orleans music scene to produce an eclectic style steeped in ‘70s soul, gospel, funk and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. In this Savannah Music Festival debut, Jon Cleary and his trio played…

SMF Logo Cap

The Beach Wash Cap is an unstructured low profile cap. Very versatile and suitable for everyday wear. Available in coal with embroidered SMF logo. Key features include: Fabric: 100% garment-washed cotton twill Structure: Unstructured Profile: Low Closure: Hook and loop The garment-washing process infuses each garment with unique character. Please allow for slight color variation.

Men’s SMF Logo Tee

Available in Charcoal or Ice Blue. Next Level 6210 UNISEX CVC CREW. DESCRIPTION Top of the line fabric that stands up to the consistent wear without sacrificing fit or feel. DETAILS Fabric Name: CVC Jersey Fabric: 60% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton 40% Polyester /32 singles, 145 grams/4.3oz Neck: CREW NECK Binding: Set-in Collar 1×1 CVC Baby…

Women’s SMF Logo Tee

Available in Charcoal or Ice Blue. Next Level 6610 WOMEN’S CVC TEE. DESCRIPTION Top-of-the-line fabric that stands up to consistent wear without sacrificing fit or feel. DETAILS Fabric Name: CVC Jersey Fabric: 60% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton 40% Polyester / 32 singles, 145 grams/4.3oz Neck: CREW NECK Binding: Side seamed with feminine curve. Set-in Collar. Label:…

Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAVANNAH MUSIC FESTIVAL SAVANNAH, GA The Organization The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. SMF started as Savannah OnStage International Arts…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1347 – Kat Edmonson

savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1347 – Kat Edmonson Critically acclaimed vocalist and songwriter, actor and dancer, Kat Edmonson has played major stages across the United States, Europe and Japan. This episode features highlights from her Savannah Music Festival debut in 2019 at the Charles H. Morris Center in Trustees’ Garden, when she was…

Safety

Current SMF Safety Policies To ensure the well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff, Savannah Music Festival has implemented the following safety measures: Mask Policy: Mask wearing is encouraged at indoor events regardless of vaccination status. Masks should cover the nose and mouth and should be worn for the duration of the performance and at…

2021 Festival Poster by Peggy Nille – SALE!

*SALE* Dates reflect original SMF 2021 plans. Since posters were printed, dates have been adjusted to May 23–30, 2021. For the 2021 season poster, the Savannah Music Festival commissioned French illustrator Peggy Nille. Peggy Nille studied drawing and graphic design at the revered Fine Arts School of Paris. She’s been an illustrator for 15 years…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1321 – Fatoumata Diawara 2019

savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1321 – Fatoumata Diawara 2019 Widely praised as one of the most vital artists in modern African music, singer, songwriter, guitarist and celebrated actor Fatoumata Diawara returned to Savannah in 2019 following a 2014 festival debut on a co-bill with Bombino. On this episode of Savannah Music Festival LIVE, we’ll listen…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1312 – John Doyle

savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1312 – John Doyle Born into an extended family of musicians in Dublin, John Doyle honed his signature left-hand finger-picking style on the guitar at a young age. His powerful playing later provided the signature rhythmic backbone for Irish-American supergroup Solas, which he co-founded with Seamus Egan, John Williams, Karan Casey…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1310 – Goodbye Girls

savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1310 – Goodbye Girls The Goodbye Girls are an acoustic quartet founded in Boston with musicians from the US, Canada and Sweden. Formed out of a common love for old-time, bluegrass and Swedish traditional music, the Goodbye Girls are Lena Jonsson on fiddle, Allison de Groot on clawhammer banjo, Brittany Karlson…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1308 – Daymé Arocena

savannahmusicfestival · SMF Live 1308 – Dayme Arocena Cuban singer Daymé Arocena grew up in a two-bed house with 21 other people where every available surface was scuffed from the rumba rhythms played out on them. Her music is infused with an eclectic mix of Cuban styles from the fast-paced changüí of Guantanamo to guaguancó…

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Governance Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is a nonprofit performing arts organization dedicated to presenting exceptional live music that entertains, educates and unites the community. SMF operates year-round to plan and produce music events featuring an annual music festival and free music education programming throughout the school year. The springtime festival presents a diverse selection of…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1302 – Charlie Hunter Trio feat. Lucy Woodward

savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE – Charlie Hunter Trio feat. Lucy Woodward With a career spanning 25 years, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative composer, imaginative bandleader and all-around great guitarist. He has worked with Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and numerous other artists, and is widely considered the…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1301 – Roby Lakatos 2019

savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE – Roby Lakatos 2019 Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos is not only a scorching virtuoso, but a musician of extraordinary stylistic versatility who defies definition. Described as everything from gypsy violinist or “devil’s fiddler” to classical virtuoso to jazz improviser to arranger, he is the kind of universal musician so…

SMF In Unison

SMF in Unison SMF in Unison is a group of patrons who donated their SMF 2020 ticket purchase back to the organization, helping to support SMF’s ongoing operations during this challenging time. Thank you for your generosity & essential support!   As small gratitude for your support we offer the following: Name recognition as part…

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Jessica Messere, Manager, SMF Jazz Academy While performing in various classical orchestras and chamber ensembles, Jessica Messere noticed the lack of representation of musicians of color on the stages of her professional engagements. That observation led her to work for Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program, the Atlanta Music Project, and the Atlanta University Center Consortium: Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1250 – Hawktail 2018

The acoustic quartet Hawktail features Brittany Haas on fiddle, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, Jordan Tice on guitar, and Paul Kowert on bass. On this episode, we listen to an April 4, 2018 performance given by Hawktail at the Charles H. Morris Center in Trustees’ Garden.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1249 – Darrell Scott Solo 2020

Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Darrell Scott first performed at the Savannah Music Festival in 2014 in collaboration with Tim O’Brien. On this episode of Savannah Music Festival LIVE, we’ll listen to highlights from Darrell Scott’s 2019 solo performance at the Charles H. Morris Center in Trustees’ Garden.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1247 – Dafnis Prieto Big Band

savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1247 – Dafnis Prieto Big Band Cuban-born drummer, composer, bandleader and 2011 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dafnis Prieto honors his musical heroes and mentors with his 17-piece orchestra. On this episode, we listen to the 2019 Savannah debut of the Dafnis Prieto Big Band, performing repertoire from the Grammy-winning album…

History Video Lessons

History Video Lessons Spring 2020   The History of Jazz YouTube Playlist Compilation of artists and styles described by academic Ted Gioia in his book The History of Jazz. Jazz History: Learn about Dixieland SMF Jazz Academy’s Eric Jones, Ron & Susan Whitaker Interim Music Director, teaches us about Dixieland. Jazz History: Learn about Ragtime…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1246 – Punch Brothers 2019

A decade after their Savannah Music Festival debut, the acclaimed acoustic quintet Punch Brothers returned to our festival to play for a packed house at the Trustees Theater. On this episode we’ll listen to highlights from that concert, given on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1245 – Herlin Riley Quintet

Born in 1957 into a musical family in New Orleans, Herlin Riley began playing drums at age 3. He studied trumpet through high school and two years of college before focusing his attention fully on the drums. He spent 17 years with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and four years with Ahmad…

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SMF Jazz Academy at Home : Activity Sheets

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1239 – Lee Fields & the Expressions 2018

Entering his sixth decade of performing and recording, soul singer Lee Fields is one of the hardest-working and most prolific artists in the genre. He performs with every ounce of energy and passion that he can tap, fronting the acclaimed Truth & Soul Records house band. On this episode of Savannah Music Festival LIVE we…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1238 – Del McCoury Band 2019

Delano Floyd McCoury is a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in honky-tonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. On this episode of Savannah Music Festival LIVE, we listen to the a 2019 performance given by the Del McCoury Band, on a co-bill with the Steep…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1233 – Molly Tuttle

Born in 1993 in San Francisco’s Bay Area, Molly Tuttle was 8 years old when she began playing guitar. By age 11 she was performing on stage with The Tuttles, the family band led by her father, Jack, a well-respected bluegrass multi-instrumentalist and instructor. She picked up the banjo and mandolin, but mainly concentrated on…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1231 – Mike Marshall & Darol Anger w/ Special Guests

On a Monday night in April of 2019, we presented a one-time double bill at the Savannah Music Festival: Mike Marshall & Darol Anger alongside guitarists Bryan Sutton and David Grier. On this episode of Savannah Music Festival LIVE, we listen to highlights of the Mike Marshall & Darol Anger set, which includes a handful…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1228 – Bill Frisell Trio 2018

Whether sonically reinventing chamber music or applying electric improvisation to traditional songs, early rock or jazz, guitar pioneer Bill Frisell maintains incredible musical versatility while also having a singular playing style. On this episode of Savannah Music Festival LIVE, we listen to highlights from Bill Frisell’s second festival appearance: a 2018 performance with his trio…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1223 – Anda Union

Anda Union’s captivating combination of Mongolian musical styles is a reflection of their roots. Hailing from different ethnic nomadic cultures, the nine-member band unites tribal music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia, a semi-autonomous region of China. On this episode, we listen to the 2019 Savannah Music Festival debut of Anda Union.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1222 – Jerusalem Quartet 2019

The Jerusalem Quartet formed in the early 1990s while its members were students at the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music and Dance. In its debut year, the quartet was awarded first prize in the chamber music category by the Jerusalem Academy followed by two prizes at the Graz International Competition the following year. On this episode…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1219 – Bryan Sutton & David Grier

Guitarists Bryan Sutton and David Grier are both central to the evolution of flatpicking. With 13 guitarist of the year awards from the IBMA between them, both men started playing at a young age, influenced greatly by the playing and repertoire of Doc Watson, Tony Rice and Clarence White, among others. On this episode, we’ll…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1215 – Marcus Roberts’ “Romance, Swing and the Blues”

As a performer, jazz pianist Marcus Roberts has played in settings ranging from solo, trio, and jazz orchestra to symphony orchestra, always bringing a remarkably fresh approach to each moment. As a composer, he has been commissioned for new work by Chamber Music America, Jazz at Lincoln Center, that Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Ozawa Music…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1211 – Aaron Diehl Trio

At 33-years of age, pianist Aaron Diehl is not only remarkable for his own generation of musicians, but he has already left an indelible mark on the jazz world through his meticulously conceived and refreshing performances, collaborations, compositions and interpretations. On this episode, we listen to a performance given by the Aaron Diehl Trio on…

2020 Festival Poster by Klaus Kremmerz

For the 2020 season poster, the Savannah Music Festival commissioned illustrator Klaus Kremmerz. Kremmerz works for several international clients such as New Yorker, New York Times, Vanity fair, Esquire, IBM, GQ and many more. He lives here and there, traveling the globe and working on his laptop. After a trip to the Savannah Music Festival,…

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Marketing & Patron Services Associate Location: Savannah, Georgia Term: Full-time position Start Date: TBD   The Marketing & Patron Services Associate holds a key role on Savannah Music Festival’s (SMF) marketing team, creating organic posts for social media, assisting with digital communications, public relations, and community outreach, along with marketing planning and writing for a variety of…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1210- Jerry Douglas

The prominence of the squareneck dobro in American acoustic music has grown exponentially in the past three decades, in large part due to innovations created by Jerry Douglas. On the same day Douglas’s bluegrass band, The Earls of Leicester, played to a packed house in the 2019 Savannah Music Festival, we were lucky to have…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1207- Mike + Ruthy

In their early days, Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar, a Hudson valley husband and wife duo, fronted The Mammals, along with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, and were a part of the old-time and stringband music wave that ran over the American folk music world at the beginning of the new millennium. The duo met in the dive…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1206- Aaron Diehl Blues & the Spanish Tinge

Pianist Aaron Diehl is a rare talent, having already made an indelible mark on the jazz world at just 32 years of age. In this recording we hear highlights from his solo performance in our 2019 festival. The program was built upon what Jelly Roll Morton famously referred to as the two basic elements of…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1202- Chris Pattishall

In the Spring of 2018, pianist Chris Pattishall played a solo lunchtime set that included some of his favorite tunes from Atlanta-born Jazz pianist/ arranger/composer Mary Lou Williams and Harlem Stride Piano Master Willie The Lion Smith. Active a both a pianist and composer, Chris Pattishall holds an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award, and participated…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1201- Seamus Egan Project

Multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan has been a force in the Irish Traditional music scene since his beginnings as a teen prodigy. With his newly-formed Seamus Egan Project- featuring Moira Smiley on accordion, banjo and vocals, Owen Marshall on mandolin, Yann Falquet on guitar, and Joe Phillips on bass- they go back to the further reaches of…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1152- David Finckel, Wu Han, Philip Setzer Play Mendelssohn

As arguably the greatest child prodigy the history of Western music has ever known, Felix Mendelssohn produced works of extraordinary mastery throughout his entire life. His chamber music works, including the piano trios and cello sonata, continue to be favorites of musicians and audiences everywhere. In this recording from the Spring of 2012, cellist David…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1150- Dreamers’ Circus

Dreamers’ Circus- made up of Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion, Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen on violin and Ale Carr on cittern- is a driving force in Nordic Folk music drawing inspiration from the deep folk traditions of Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, The Faroe Islands and Greenland. The trio’s adventurous approach, coupled with their outstanding musicianship, that…

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SMF Jazz Academy RON & SUSAN WHITAKER, FOUNDING SPONSORS Jessica Messere, Manager Erez Dessel, SMF Jazz Academy Music Director Aaron Jennings, SMF Jazz Academy Program Coordinator SMF Jazz Academy is a year-long after-school jazz program that aims to empower the whole student by instilling life-long skills of academic, social, and musical achievement. SMF Jazz Academy…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1146 – Georgia Soul & Blues

To launch the Savannah Music Festival’s 30th season, we produced a concert entitled Georgia Soul & Blues in November of 2018 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. The bill featured soul man and Georgia Music hall of famer William Bell, whose Stax Records debut was released some 57 years earlier, alongside the 22-year old…

2010–2018 Festival Poster Bundle

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2015–2018 Festival Poster Bundle

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2019 Festival Photo Posters

Giclée printed photographs of SMF’s three Associate Artistic Directors, Marcus Roberts, Daniel Hope and Mike Marshall. Purchase the poster bundle to receive all three for $50.00 ($60.00 value) Product Details: 11 x 17 inches, archival photo paper

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1143 – Sam Reider and the Human Hands

Sam Reider and the Human Hands are a Brooklyn-based collective of jazz and bluegrass musicians, led by San Francisco born pianist/accordionist/composer Sam Reider. On this episode of savannah music festival live we listen to the 2018 festival debut performance by Sam Reider and the Human Hands, which consisted of Reider on accordion and piano, Alex…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1134 – Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

On April 2nd, 2017, Daniel Hope & Friends featuring Edgar Meyer and the Dover Quartet gave a stirring performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, Opus 48. Hear it, along with Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings in D Major, K. 136, on this episode of Savannah Music Festival LIVE.

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1133 – LAU

The innovative British trio LAU has been at the forefront of the new folk boom in the UK since their formation in 2004. Consisting of master fiddler Aidan O’Rourke from Oban, accordion innovator Martin Green from East Anglia, England, and guitarist-singer Kris Drever from Orkney, LAU’s traditional music foundation is woven throughout inventive compositions. Hear…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1128 – The Hallelujah Train

In the spring of 2012, we produced an event that blended the power of southern gospel music with modern Americana called The Hallelujah Train, featuring Shreveport’s Zion Baptist Mass Choir led by Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. along with his sons Brady Jr. and Brian. The band was an all-star cast of American musicians, including Greg…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1126 – Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

In this episode, we listen to highlights from the SMF debut of Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, an old-time trio consisting of Bruce Molsky on fiddle and vocals, Alison de Groot on clawhammer banjo, and Stash Wyslouch on guitar and vocals.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1122 – Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

In the spring of 2018, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn returned to the Savannah Music Festival to play this stirring set of Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber, bluegrass and blues. After a day-of-show rehearsal, they also welcomed members of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra to the stage for two songs.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1120 – Tim O’Brien & Lúnasa

In 2017, Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien joined forces to embark on a transatlantic musical expedition, exploring the interplay and mutual influences at the heart of American and Irish traditional music. In this episode, we listen to highlights from a concert featuring Tim O’Brien and Lúnasa at the 2018 savannah music festival.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1119 – Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms are one half of the acclaimed old-time group the Foghorn Stringband. As a duo, they delve into the honky-tonk and classic country sounds of pre-war dance halls, with exceptional musicianship and earnest delivery. In this episode, we listen to a 2017 performance given by Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms at…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1117 – António Zambujo

Portugal’s António Zambujo has been a leading voice in the resurrection of male fado singers. A nearly 200 year-old tradition, this expressive style of Portuguese song is associated with pubs, cafes and restaurants, and is often deeply melancholic. While Zambujo can deftly project the sorrow and longing of fado music, his performances are balanced with…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1111 – Sam Reider & the Human Hands

Sam Reider and the Human Hands are a Brooklyn-based collective of jazz and bluegrass musicians who made their SMF debut in the spring of 2018 on a co-bill with Mike Block & Sandeep Das. The San Francisco born accordionist-pianist-composer Sam Reider leads this ensemble in a performance of music from their most recent release, Too…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1110 – Etienne Charles’ Gullah Roots

In 2018, Trinidadian jazz trumpeter and composer Etienne Charles was commissioned by Rob Gibson for the Savannah Music Festival to compose a work that explored the Afro-Caribbean connections to Gullah music and the Gullah connections to American music. In this episode, we listen to the premiere of that work, live from the 2018 Savannah Music…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1103 – Terell Stafford Plays Lee Morgan, Part Two

Trumpeter Lee Morgan was an American jazz musician known mainly as one of the key hard bop players of the 1960s. Morgan came to prominence in his late teens after recording with saxophonist John Coltrane and drummer Art Blakey before launching his own solo career. Trumpeter Terell Stafford was only six years old when Lee…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1102 – Terell Stafford Plays Lee Morgan

Trumpeter Lee Morgan was an American jazz musician known mainly as one of the key hard bop players of the 1960s. Morgan came to prominence in his late teens after recording with saxophonist John Coltrane and drummer Art Blakey before launching his own solo career. Trumpeter Terell Stafford was only six years old when Lee…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1101 – Väsen and the Danish String Quartet

Nordic folk music includes a number of traditions from Northern Europe, especially the Scandinavian countries. In this episode, we listen to highlights from a 2016 SMF program called “When the Danes Met the Swedes” – combining the Swedish trio Väsen with the Danish String Quartet on a unique double bill.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1052 – Julian Lage Trio 2018

Julian Lage is the sort of musician who makes every gesture feel both easeful and essential. The 30 year-old guitarist was a prodigy before he was 10, and has performed and taught at SMF in a wide variety of projects over the past decade. In this episode, we listen to Lage’s trio, featuring Jorge Roeder…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1050 – Yekwon Sunwoo

Gold medalist of the 15th Van Cliburn International piano competition, 28 year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo is a powerful and virtuosic performer, who, in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music.” In this episode, we listen to his SMF debut in a recital given during the 2018 festival at…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1049 – Tommy Emmanuel

In the spring of 2018, Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel made his Savannah debut at our festival, where he wowed the crowd with two completely different solo sets. Emmanuel’s playing incorporates a multitude of musical influences and styles, including jazz, blues, bluegrass, folk and rock, with the finger-style playing he absorbed from mentor Chet Atkins at…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1048 – Marc-André Hamelin 2018

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire. This episode features highlights from his 2018 recital at the Savannah Music Festival.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1047 – Stewart Goodyear – Part Nine

Many pianists have played all 32 Beethoven sonatas over their career, and some have even played all of them over the course of a season in a concert hall. But almost no one has ever attempted to play all 32 of them in one day, spread across three concerts. This is the ninth installment of…

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Savannah Music Festival 1040 – Stewart Goodyear – Part Eight

Many pianists have played all 32 Beethoven sonatas over their career, and some have even played all of them over the course of a season in a concert hall. But almost no one has ever attempted to play all 32 of them in one day, spread across three concerts. This is the eighth installment of…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1038 – Stewart Goodyear – Part Seven

Many pianists have played all 32 Beethoven sonatas over their career, and some have even played all of them over the course of a season in a concert hall. But almost no one has ever attempted to play all 32 of them in one day, spread across three concerts. This is the seventh installment of…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1036 – Stewart Goodyear – Part Six

Many pianists have played all 32 Beethoven sonatas over their career, and some have even played all of them over the course of a season in a concert hall. But almost no one has ever attempted to play all 32 of them in one day, spread across three concerts. This is the sixth installment of…

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SMF Acoustic Music Seminar: Selections From 2012-2016 [CD]

The Acoustic Music Seminar is renowned mandolinist Mike Marshall’s artist development program for young musicians at the Savannah Music Festival. Each year, Marshall invites sixteen young artists to workshop their original compositions, receive professional mentoring and master class instruction, and showcase their work. This collection of songs and tunes contains highlights from the first five…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1037 – Chouk Bwa Libéte

The music of Haiti combines a wide range of influences drawn from the many people who have settled on the island of Hispaniola. It reflects French, African rhythms, Spanish elements and others. “Rasin” is a musical style that began in the 1970s when musicians started combining elements of traditional Haitian vodou ceremonial and folkloric music…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1035 – Earls of Leicester 2017

The music of Flatt & Scruggs has been given new life by dobro player Jerry Douglas’ award-winning ensemble the Earls of Leicester. In this episode, we listen to the Earls’ second SMF performance, given in 2017 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1032 – Stewart Goodyear – Part Five

Many pianists have played all 32 Beethoven sonatas over their career, and some have even played all of them over the course of a season in a concert hall. But almost no one has ever attempted to play all 32 of them in one day, spread across three concerts. This is the fifth installment of…

2018 Faculty

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1031 – Sanam Marvi

With compelling interpretations that draw deeply from one of the worlds great music traditions, Sanam Marvi is Pakistan’s young and brilliant vocal interpreter of South Asian spiritual, folk and classical poetry. A vocal warrior for peace, this contemporary daughter of interior sindh believes that there is comfort to be found in the wisdom of Sufis…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1030 – Cooder White Skaggs

Individually, Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White are acclaimed veterans of the roots music scene. But when they decided to join forces in concert as Cooder-White-Skaggs, they became an Americana supergroup steeped in traditional roots music. In this episode, we listen to their 2017 Savannah Music Festival performance at the Lucas Theatre for the…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1027 – Stewart Goodyear – Part Four

Many pianists have played all 32 Beethoven sonatas over the course of their career, and some have played all of them over the course of a season in a concert hall. But almost no one has ever attempted to play all 32 in one day. In this episode, we listen to excerpts from Stewart Goodyear’s…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1026 – Marcus Printup Youngbloods

For those who care deeply about jazz music and hope for future generations to keep the music alive and well, they recognize that to ensure the torch gets passed, there must be writing, education and performance continually made available to young audiences. Trumpeter Marcus Printup not only adheres to this philosophy, but he also believes…

Savannah Music Festival 1024 – Stewart Goodyear – Part Three

Many pianists have played all 32 Beethoven sonatas over the course of their career, and some have played all of them over the course of a season in a concert hall. But almost no one has ever attempted to play all 32 in one day. In this episode, we listen to excerpts from Stewart Goodyear’s…

Giving Tuesday

What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday happens every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity for people to show their support for their favorite non-profit organizations (such as Savannah Music Festival!). What your support does: Financial support from donors like you makes it possible for…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1022 – Aoife O’Donovan

In the words of Irish-American singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan, “performing alone is a very solitary experience. Aoife makes the claim that “when you’re in a band and something amazing happens on stage, you look at each other, ‘Yeah! We’re so locked in.’ Or if something goes wrong, you can look at each other and shrug and…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1017 – Stewart Goodyear, Part Two

Many pianists have played all 32 Beethoven sonatas over the course of their career, and some have played all of them over the course of a season in a concert hall. But almost no one has ever attempted to play all 32 in one day. In this episode, we listen to excerpts from Stewart Goodyear’s…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1016 – Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla is an American musician of Haitian descent, who first became known for her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Since leaving that group in 2012, she has been working to develop her own personal approach to music that encompasses her Haitian roots, American folk, Louisiana roots and gospel, along with jazz and classical…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1013 – German Lopez

German Lopez is an esteemed timple player from the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa that belongs to the nation of Spain. In this episode, we listen to German Lopez’s SMF debut in 2017 alongside his musical partner, guitarist Antonio Toledo.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1012 – Stewart Goodyear, Part One

Many pianists have played all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas over their career, and some have even played all of them over the course of a season in a concert hall, but almost nobody has ever attempted to play all 32 of them in one day. Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear, in a program he calls Sonatathon,…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1011 – Mozart & Hummel

By the early 1880s, Johann Hummel’s father recognized that he had a child prodigy who had outstripped his own ability to teach him, so he jumped at the chance to move his family to Vienna where Mozart was then at his peak. When Mozart learned of this extraordinary young man, he invited him to his…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1009 – Jan Lisiecki

Though he rejects the label “child prodigy,” Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki started playing at age 5 and made his orchestral debut at age 9. His approach to music is a refreshing combination of dedication, skill and enthusiasm. In this episode, we listen to Jan Lisiecki’s Savannah debut from the 2017 Savannah Music Festival, recorded live…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1008 – Ebene Quartet with Daniel Hope & Simon Crawford-Phillips

Since 2004, Daniel Hope has been Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival. During this time, his meteoric rise in the world of classical music has resulted from his all-out passion for connecting his music to audiences. He has also helped create original chamber music programs built around visiting artists from North America and…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1007 – Foghorn Stringband

Foghorn Stringband made their Savannah Music Festival debut in 2017 on a double-bill with the Dom Flemons Trio. With eight albums, thousands of shows, fifteen years of touring under their belts and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead, Foghorn is comprised of Caleb Klauder (mandolin, vocals), Sammy Lind (fiddle, vocals), Reeb…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1005 – Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson is constantly ranked among rock n’ roll’s greatest guitarists and finest songwriters by the music press and fellow musicians. His return to the Savannah Music Festival in 2017 spotlighted his abilities as a solo performer, including material from his earliest days with Fairport Convention through his latest solo album.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1004 – Mike Marshall & Edgar Meyer with George Meyer

Mandolinist Mike Marshall and bassist Edgar Meyer first began playing together in the early 1980s, and their genre blending musical projects over the years have been nothing short of remarkable. In this episode, we hear their 2017 Savannah Music Festival performance at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, where they were joined by Edgar’s son…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1003 – Sarah Jarosz 2017

Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz continues to build a career that includes an exceptional catalog of original songs, an impressive array of performing projects, and most recently a flurry of commendations including two Grammy Awards. In this episode, we listen to Sarah Jarosz’ 2017 return to the Savannah Music Festival, where she shared a…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1002 – Piano Showdown, the Latin Tinge

In a memorable Library of Congress interview with folklorist Alan Lomax, Jelly Roll Morton described the “Spanish Tinge” as tresillo and habanera rhythms of Afro-Cuban music that were an essential ingredient to jazz music. In this episode, we listen to a 2017 concert exploring that phenomenon with three acclaimed jazz pianists, Marcus Roberts, Danilo Perez…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1001 – MSU Professors of Jazz Play Monk

The jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk was born in Rocky Mount North Carolina in 1917 and is the second most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington. During SMF 2017, we focused on two of jazz music’s most pivotal figures born 100 years ago: Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. In this episode, we listen to Rodney…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 952 – Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge 2017

Guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge craft songs that sound familiar but are never easily classified. Percolating with tinges of bluegrass and folk, insinuations of jazz and pop, hints of classical and avant-garde composition, they rarely settle into any one category. Rather, their music dances around the territory between genres, never announcing its innovations and…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 951 – Joel Savoy & Kelli Jones

Joel Savoy, the son of Cajun musician/accordion builder Marc and musician/historian Ann Savoy, has been at the forefront of the Louisiana music revival of the past two decades. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and record label (Valcour) founder who has won the Cajun French Music Association’s “Fiddler of the Year” Award twice, and was…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 950 – Stephen Riley Quartet

The ultimate goal of every jazz musician is to achieve his or her personal sound, an unmistakable voice whereby they blend expression, emotion and technique through mastery of their instrument. Tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley has one of the most distinctive voices in modern jazz, and this episode features his 2016 appearance leading a quartet backed…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 948 – Matt Munisteri

As an instrumentalist of prodigious technique, a session musician and producer, a selfless and devoted sideman, a contemporary master of 1920s and ’30s jazz styles and an ardent student of American folk traditions, Matt Munisteri’s journey through 20th century American music yields a vision that feels intrinsically whole. This 2016 SMF performance by Munisteri features…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 946 – The Tallis Scholars

Over four decades of performance and a catalog of award-winning recordings, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of western Classical music. Formed in 1973, their goal was to bring Renaissance works to a wider…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 942 – Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg

The history of the mandolin goes back to 17th and 18th century Italy, when the instrument evolved from the lute family. Over time, the mandolin developed into primarily three types: the Neopolitan or round-backed mandolin, the carved top mandolin and the flat-backed mandolin. Whether it is used in western classical music, Brazilian music, bluegrass and…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 941 – Dave Rawlings Machine – Part Two

He calls it a machine, but it’s actually a band — a quintet to be precise, rooted in folk, country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Dave Rawlings’ longtime musical partner is Gillian Welch, and she joins him along with Willie Watson, Brittany Haas and Paul Kowert on this Savannah debut performance. This is part two…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 939 – Dave Rawlings Machine – Part One

Though he’s a guitarist, producer and singer, Dave Rawlings is probably best known as the longtime musical partner of singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. Together they have created an original body of work and an Americana roots sound whose beauty and brilliance is unique even ina city as musical as Nashville. In this episode, we listen to…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 935 – Brian Blade Fellowship

While generally acknowledged as one of the finest jazz drummers in the world, Brian Blade is also a singer-songwriter, a session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, and the son of a singing preacher man from Louisiana. In this episode, we listen to his signature group, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, in their…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 934 – Catherine Russell

When you’re born into a renowned musical family, there’s generally a better chance of you understanding music not simply as a job, but as a way of life. Such was the case for Catherine Russell, whose father Luis Russell was Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother was Carline Ray, a singer with degrees from…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 933 – Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider

The Persian Empire was any of a series of imperial dynasties centered in Persia, an area that is now modern-day Iran. One of the most famous instruments in traditional Persian music is the kamancheh, a four-stringed, upright fiddle. Kayhan Kalhor is a master of the kamancheh, and in this episode, we listen to his SMF…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 931 – The Time Jumpers – Part Two

In this episode, we listen to part two of a two-part show from SMF 2016 with the Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill.

SMF 2018 – GCA Work Samples

Audio Samples Joey Alexander: Excerpt from “Criss-Cross” (Monk) recorded at the 2016 Savannah Music Festival The Timejumpers featuring Vince Gill: Excerpt from “I Can’t Be Myself When I’m With You” (Haggard) recorded at Savannah Music Festival 2016 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, the day that Merle Haggard passed away Rokia Traore: Excerpt from…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 930 – The Time Jumpers – Part One

While American country music originated in the late 1920s in the southern United States, an important subgenre of the style was called western swing. As dance music, often with an uptempo beat, western swing attracted huge crowds to dance halls and clubs in Texas, Oklahoma and California during the 1930s and 40s, until a federal…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 928 – Arnaldo Cohen

The Brazilian born pianist Arnaldo Cohen, now living in the U.S., has long had a reputation for astonishing his audiences with the musical authority and blistering virtuosity of his performances. His grateful and unaffected platform manner belies playing of white-hot intensity, intellectual probity and glittering bravura technique bordering on sheer wizardry. In this episode, we…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 926 – Murray Perahia

Every once in a while, a performer seems to transcend the experience of giving a recital for an audience into something vastly fulfilling for themselves. When it happens, the result is powerful and revelatory, and it usually leaves the audience hungry for more. In the 40+ years that Murray Perahia has been performing on the…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 924 – Great Concertos 2016

The word “concerto” is derived from the Italian concertare, which means “to reach an agreement.” Concertos have been written for all the instruments of the orchestra, but the vast majority are written for violin cello or piano, as these three instruments feature a wide dynamic and expressive range. In this episode, we feature several masterpieces…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 923 – Haas Kowert Tice

In this episode, we listen to the SMF debut of the trio Haas Kowert Tice, made up of Brittany Haas (Dave Rawlings Machine, Crooked Still) on fiddle, Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) on bass and Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka Band) on guitar. These three young acoustic musicians have already covered a lot of territory in their…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 922 – Joey Alexander Trio

Stories of child prodigies in the world of music have a long history, going back to such luminaries as Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn. Jazz pianist Joey Alexander was discovered in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2012 around the age of eight. Joey might be the most talked-about young musician that jazz has seen in decades. He…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 918 – Balsam Range

Balsam Range is an award-winning bluegrass band named after the majestic mountain range in their home of Haywood County, where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge. They perform finely crafted songs with tightly woven harmonies, and have established themselves as one of the most in-demand ensembles in bluegrass. This episode features their 2015 performance at…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 916 – Schubert Piano, Early and Late

Composer Franz Schubert is perhaps the single instance of a great artist whose outer life had no affinity or connection with art. His career was simple and uneventful, so out of all proportion with the works which he created like a heaven-sent genius, that we must at last turn to them mainly if we would…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 915 – Beethoven Piano Trios, Part Two

As with the symphony and the string quartet, the piano trio was inherited by Beethoven and transformed into a vehicle for the most deeply felt musical expression. In this episode, we listen to the second half of the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Trios, performed by David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer at the…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 914 – Musical Friendships

In the mid-1870s when Johannes Brahms served on the jury of the Austrian state stipendium, he encountered a submission from an obscure Czech composer whose mastery and talent overwhelmed him. Brahms immediately became a huge supporter of Antonin Dvorák, and also arranged for some of Dvorák’s work to be given to his own publisher. The…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 913 – Vicente Amigo, Part Two

Flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo made his southeastern U.S. debut at the 2016 Savannah Music Festival. This episode is part two of two.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 912 – Beethoven Piano Trios, Part Two

As with the symphony and the string quartet, the piano trio was inherited by Beethoven and transformed into a vehicle for the most deeply felt musical expression. In this episode, we listen to the first half of the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Trios, performed by David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer at the…

Development Internship

Development Internship Location: Savannah, GA (in person) Timeframe: August–December 2021 Approximately 10 hours per week for up to 10 weeks Rate: $10/hr   As a leading cultural institution in Savannah, SMF recognizes its place in the arts administration pipeline and the importance of the mentor/mentee relationship. The goal of SMF’s internship program is to equip…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 911 – Vicente Amigo, Part One

The flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo, from Seville, Spain, has called his engagement with his instrument “beloved torture.” You can imagine why when you hear him play: he reachers for depth of expression within ultimate precision, and sometimes at breathtaking speed. In this episode, we listen to Vicente Amigo’s Savannah debut. Part one of two.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 910 – Cecile McLorin Salvant 2016, Part Two

She’s been called the finest jazz singer to emerge in this century, with a voice often compared to Sarah Vaughan. She draws from a range of sources, and she collects songs like some people collect coins. In March of 2016, we brought Cecile McLorin Salvant for a return appearance at our festival along with the…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 909 – Mozart & Mendelssohn with the Danish String Quartet

At our 2016 festival, the Danish String Quartet made their debut appearance with three separate concert performances and a master class for young string players. They played with the Swedish trio Väsen, as part of the Daniel Hope & Friends chamber music series, and on their own independent chamber music program. In this episode, we…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 908 – Monty Alexander Trio

The very finest musicians always seem to effortlessly deliver jazz standards and originals to audiences, making it clear that a great artist can also be an entertainer. Such is the case with the 70-year old Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, who grew up in Kingston, where performances by Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole left a…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 907 – Cecile McLorin Salvant 2016 – Part One

Since her breakout win at the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition at the age of 21 in 2010, Cecile McLorin Salvant has emerged as one of the great jazz singers of the past 40 years. In style and voice, she has been compared with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, all of whom…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 905 – Late Night Jazz Jam 2016

Nearly every year during the Savannah Music Festival, a highlight of our Swing Central Jazz high school jazz band workshop and competition is a jam session featuring the faculty and clinicians in attendance. The event typically serves as a wrap party, and a house band occupies the bandstand while inviting guest musicians on stage throughout…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 904 – Eric Alexander Quartet

When tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander made his debut recording as a leader in 1992 at the age of 25, many jazz writers dubbed him a “young lion” and a musician on his way up. That was nearly 25 years and more than 20 years ago. In the spring of 2016, Alexander brought his longtime quartet…

Savannah Music Festival Live 903 – Rhiannon Giddens

As an anthropologist of traditional songwriting, Rhiannon Giddens aims to take listeners on a journey of American roots music. She earned her college degree at Oberlin and trained to be an opera singer, but the North Carolina native sings blues, folk, field hollers and other styles of Americana music with deeply felt authenticity. In this…

Savannah Music Festival Live 902 – Randy Napoleon Trio

In the Spring of 2016, jazz guitarist Randy Napoleon was at our festival premiering “He Said, She Said” featuring jazz singers Freddy Cole and Rene Marie. As the guitarist and musical director of Freddy Cole’s group, Randy was an essential component for the project, along with rhythm section mates Quentin Baxter and Elias Bailey. Having…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 901 – Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Irish traditional music has been around for centuries and has always included an array of drinking songs, ballads and laments, as well as traditional dance tunes including reels, hornpipes and jigs. The past century has seen a great blend of musicians drawn to the sounds of Irish music from both sides of the Atlantic. In…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 852 – Del & Dawg

With one hundred and forty-five collective years between them, Del McCoury and David Grisman have both become masters of Americana music. While each of these men have performed at SMF on numerous occasions, this was the first time they ever took the stage as the duo “Del & Dawg.” In this episode, we listen to…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 851 – Aaron Diehl Solo, 2016

Aaron Diehl is a 30-year-old jazz pianist whose broad aesthetic palette ranges from ragtime to stride piano to the works of George Gershwin and Phillip Glass. In responding to an interviewer about styles in jazz, Aaron Diehl once stated, “a lot of times we look at jazz in eras, but how can we not keep…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 850 – Ballake Sissoko 2016

A griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet or musician. The griot, referred to as a djeli in some countries, is a repository of oral tradition. The griot is also a living archive of the people’s traditions, and the virtuoso talents of the griots command universal admiration. In this episode, we listen…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 833 – DakhaBrakha

The name DakhaBrakha means “give/take” in the old Ukranian language. Reflecting the fundamental elements of sound and soul, the Ukranian “ethnic chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music, like nothing you’ve ever heard before. In this episode, we listen to their SMF debut, a closing night concert from the 2015 Savannah Music…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 848 – Viennese Masterpieces

While Franz Schubert is the only major composer of the 18th and 19th centuries who was actually born in Vienna, the First Viennese School is the name that commonly refers to the main composers of the Classical Period in western art music that resided there. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, represent as the name says…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 847 – The Boxcars

While many fans of bluegrass music date the genre to 1939, when Bill Monroe first formed his blue grass boys band, most believe that the classic bluegrass sound came together in late 1945, shortly after North Carolina banjo player Earl Scruggs joined the band at age 21. Seven decades later, there are many excellent bluegrass…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 843 – Warren Wolf & Wolfpack

The vibraphone, also known as the vibraharp, or simply the vibes, is a musical instrument in the struck idiophone subfamily of the percussion family. Jazz is the only genre of music that uses the vibraphone as a lead or improvisational instrument, which has helped make it one of the most beautiful and versatile choices in…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 839 – Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

Ellis and Delores Marsalis began to cultivate their youngest son’s interest in music at age three, after buying him a toy drum set. They played a game with him and introduced him to an imaginary crowd by saying “ladies and gentlemen, introducing the fabulous Jason!” The young boy would come out and start banging away…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 838 – Rene Marie Quartet with Houston Person

Most singers begin their careers in childhood, developing their voice and style through training, practice and performance. It’s unusual to hear a singer who didn’t begin performing professionally until the age of 42, and even more rare when they are talented, unpretentious and original. In the Spring of 2013, jazz singer René Marie brought her…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 837 – Warren Vache Plays Benny Carter

The great musician, bandleader, composer and arranger Benny Carter was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognized as such by other jazz musicians who simply called him “king.” In the Spring of 2015, jazz cornetist Warren Vache brought an all-star quintet to Savannah to perform the music of…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 823 – The Band Courtbouillon

The Band Courtbouillon is a Cajun band featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy. What began as a project by three of Southwest Louisiana’s preeminent accordion players became a widely-praised traditional Cajun music album that won them a Grammy Award. At the 2015 Savannah Music Festival, The Band Courtbouillon played two spirited sets at…

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Audio Samples Chucho Valdez: Excerpt from “Chucho’s Steps” from Chucho’s Steps, released 2010 (World Village) Ebene Quartet: Excerpt from “Ravel String Quartet in F Major: II. Assez vif – Très rythmé” recorded at SMF 2011 at Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall: Excerpt from “Untitled” recorded at SMF 2012 at…

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Grab your boots! Get your hat! And join Roger Day, a two-time Parents’ Choice© Gold Award Winner, as he stomps in the mud…the marsh mud! About the DVD One of the nation’s top touring family artists, Roger Day has a knack for creating songs that make complex ideas simple and fun. In this full-length DVD…

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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 821 – Asleep at the Wheel

It all started when Ray Benson and some of his buddies joined forces in the early 1970s and created a band with one simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music. The band that Benson founded over 40 years ago is called Asleep at the Wheel, and they are still going strong today….

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 820 – Rosanne Cash

Within the space of two years, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash lost her mother, her father Johnny Cash, and her stepmother June Carter – deaths that she wrestled with through recordings made in 2008 and 2010. In 2014, she took a longer view of life with a recording called The River & the Thread. Through these deeply…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 817 – Hot Rize

It didn’t take long after Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster and Charles Sawtelle first appeared on stage together in 1978 for the bluegrass music world to realize that Hot Rize was something special. Steeped in bluegrass tradition, Hot Rize’s music was equally informed by a taste for the music of Leadbelly and Freddie King,…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 813 – St. Saëns & Bruch

Though they only met on one occasion, French composer Camille Saint-Saëns and German composer Max Bruch were born two years apart in the 1830s and died only one year apart in the early 1920s. Each man had a prominent musical career and composed prolifically in a wide range of instrumental and vocal genres, including some…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 812 – Brahms & Mahler Piano Quartets

Gustav Mahler was a student in Vienna when he wrote his first piano quartet at age 16, showing remarkable technical ingenuity and emotional passion. Mahler assimilated the influences of Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms to create a work of distinctive profile, only 15 years after Brahms created two of the greatest piano quartets in the literature….

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Make a donation To make a donation, please use the form below or mail your donation to: Savannah Music Festival Attn: Development Department 200 East Saint Julian Street, Suite 601 Savannah, GA 31401 To contact the development department directly, call 912.234.3378 ext. 106 or send us an e-mail. Thank you!

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Contact Us Phone: 912.234.3378 x102 Fax: 912.236.1989 Email: education@savannahmusicfestival.org Mail: Swing Central Jazz c/o Savannah Music Festival 200 East Saint Julian St. Suite 601 Savannah, GA 31401 Savannah Music Festival / Swing Central Jazz team: Jenny Woodruff, Education Director Katie Griffith, Education Associate

Clinicians

Swing Central Jazz Clinicians “My students were blown away…. I have never seen so many slack jaws in all my life.” Basil Kerr, Charleston SC Each band has the chance to work with multiple clinicians during their individual band clinic – one clinician per instrument. Students also attend an improvisation workshop, instrumental sectionals, and each…

Visiting Savannah

Visiting Savannah “I really loved the community of Savannah. I can tell that jazz is sacrosanct with the people who came to see the concerts and the entire festival. What a great place!” Craig Roselieb, Downers Grove IL Getting Here By car or bus: Savannah is easily accessible to most of the southeast via two…

Recording Guidelines

2020 Recording Guidelines icon-document Download the recording submission form “My students were blown away by the pros…and some of the students in other bands as well!” Stutz Wimmer, Atlanta, GA Submission Instructions Submit EITHER a recorded CD or digital files with the following two (2) tracks: • “Dippermouth Blues” by Joe “King” Oliver, arranged by Wycliffe…

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