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2023 Festival Poster by Charlie Davis (pre-order / ships 12/9/2022)

To design an illustration for the 2023 Savannah Music Festival poster, SMF commissioned British illustrator Charlie Davis.
Davis says his illustration represents “a celebration of live music by bringing to life the local landmarks in a playful way.”

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…

Explorer Pass

Explorer Pass Sit back, buckle up, and hold on tight! SMF 2023 will be a wild musical ride.  The Savannah Music Festival has a fresh new initiative: the Explorer Pass. SMF wants to inspire all SCCPSS students and give them access to a first-class musical experience. With the Explorer Pass, young people in our community, along…

2023 Ticket Bundles

2023 Ticket Bundles Save when you choose from a variety of curated ticket packages based on genre or date. See other ways to save on tickets here. Ticket bundles will be available for purchase starting December 1 at 10 AM Second Weekend Bundle Noon30: Bruce Molsky & Maeve Gilchrist at Metal Building (Thursday, March 30,…

Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator Location: Savannah, Georgia Term: Savannah Music Festival 2023 Start Date: Training dates negotiable; festival dates March 23-April 8, 2023 Reports To: Marketing Director and Marketing & Patron Services Associate The Savannah Music Festival is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator. This is a temporary position that reports to the Marketing & Patron Services Associate/Lead House…

House Manager

House Manager Location: Savannah, Georgia Term: Savannah Music Festival 2023 Start Date: Training dates negotiable; festival dates March 23-April 8, 2023 The Savannah Music Festival is seeking a House Manager. This is a temporary position that works closely with SMF staff and crew during the 17-day Festival. The position will require limited training hours in…

NOON30: Pasquale Grasso Trio

Born in Italy and now based in New York, Pasquale Grasso has developed an astounding technique and concept informed not by jazz guitarists so much as by bebop pioneers like Bud Powell, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as the classical-guitar tradition. The sparkling, immaculately balanced tone; the tasteful tinges of stride and boogie-woogie…

Kenny Barron & Dave Holland Trio with Johnathan Blake

Celebrate the incomparable jazz pianist Kenny Barron in his 80th birthday year!  This exquisite collaboration between Kenny Barron and Dave Holland expands on the fruitful relationship forged by the two jazz icons with the seamless addition of the masterful young drummer,  Johnathan Blake. Separated in age by only three years, Kenny Barron and Dave Holland—both…

Cécile McLorin Salvant / San Salvador

Born in Miami in 1989, Cécile McLorin Salvant studied piano beginning at age 5, sang in a children’s choir at 8, and then began classical voice lessons. She pursued dual tracks as an undergraduate in France (her mother is French, her father Haitian)—studying French law at one university while attending the Darius Milhaud Conservatory studying…

Drew Petersen, Piano

Chopin Étude in A-flat Major, Opus 25, No. 1 Étude in F minor, Opus 25, No. 2 Étude in F Major Opus 25, No. 3 Étude in F Major Opus 10, No. 8 Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit Schumann Fantasie in C Major, Opus 17 Acclaimed young American pianist Drew Petersen is a sought-after soloist,…

Dover Quartet with Joseph Conyers

Haydn Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 33, No. 2, “The Joke” Walker String Quartet No. 1 Dvořák String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Opus 77 Joel Link, violin; Bryan Lee, violin; Hezekiah Leung, viola; Camden Shaw, cello; Joseph Conyers, bass Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC…

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba / Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss & Laurel Premo

Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. He has collaborated with many notable musicians in and outside of Mali, including Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté, Taj Mahal and Béla Fleck. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba is an ensemble with unusual instrumentation, including three…

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba / Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss & Laurel Premo

Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. He has collaborated with many notable musicians in and outside of Mali, including Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté, Taj Mahal and Béla Fleck. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba is an ensemble with unusual instrumentation, including three…

Sam Bush plays John Hartford / The Jerry Douglas Band

Best known for his award-winning mandolin playing, Kentucky-born Sam Bush is a multi-instrumentalist and bandleader who has influenced generations of American acoustic music artists. Growing up with American fiddle tunes and bluegrass music, Bush eventually looked to expand upon these traditions, helping create what became known as newgrass. He has won four International Bluegrass Music…

Regina Carter: Gone in a Phrase of Air

Trying to fit Regina Carter into a neatly defined musical category is futile. Carter enjoys performing many styles of music, including but not limited to jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop and African. In each she explores the power of music through the voice of the violin. The MacArthur “Genius,” Doris Duke Artist Award…

Ger Mandolin Orchestra

MIKE MARSHALL, MUSIC DIRECTOR David Benedict Sharon Gilchrist Caterina Lichtenberg Josh Pinkham Dana Rath Eric Stein Joe K. Walsh Jeff Warschauer Tony Williamson Radim Zenkl Conceived by Israeli-American Avner Yonai, whose ancestral research led him to a tattered photograph of his relatives playing in a pre-WWII Jewish mandolin orchestra in Góra Kalwaria, Poland (Ger in…

Philip Dukes & Friends IV The Finale

Clarke Dumka Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Benny Kim, violin; Jack Liebeck, violin; Brendan Speltz, violin; Philip Dukes, viola; Robin Ashwell, viola; Keith Robinson, cello; Eric Kim, cello; Michael Collins, clarinet; Anna Tilbrook, piano; Sebastian Knauer, piano Rebecca Clarke was an…

Galactic / Cory Wong / Nate Smith + Kinfolk

Galactic draws on 25 years together in order to progress with each performance and subsequent record. After 10 albums, over 2,000 gigs and tens of millions of streams, the proud New Orleans, Louisiana quintet—Ben Ellman (saxophone, harmonica), Robert Mercurio (bass), Stanton Moore (drums, percussion), Jeffrey Raines (guitar) and Richard Vogal (keyboards)—are the rare collective who…

Leo Kottke

A self-taught guitar player and songwriter, Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia. A stint in the US Navy was followed by a move to Minneapolis, where he found a nurturing environment in the city’s thriving folk scene. Kottke’s breakthrough came in 1969 when his mentor, legendary guitarist John Fahey, invited him to record for…

The Alt with Oisín McAuley / Téada

The beautiful mountain Knocknarea in Ireland’s County Sligo is said to be the final resting place of the ancient Irish warrior-queen Maeve. The ‘Alt’ is a storied glen on the side of Knocknarea, and it was in the shadow of this glen in the little village of Coolaney that the three master Irish traditional musicians…

The Alt with Oisín McAuley / Téada

The beautiful mountain Knocknarea in Ireland’s County Sligo is said to be the final resting place of the ancient Irish warrior-queen Maeve. The ‘Alt’ is a storied glen on the side of Knocknarea, and it was in the shadow of this glen in the little village of Coolaney that the three master Irish traditional musicians…

Zydeco Dance Party: Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

One of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern zydeco music, Jeffery Broussard continues to be one of the genre’s most dynamic performers. Broussard began his career with traditional zydeco music playing drums in his father’s band, Delton Broussard & The Lawtell Playboys. After developing the nouveau zydeco sound as a member of the…

Zydeco Dance Party: Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

One of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern zydeco music, Jeffery Broussard continues to be one of the genre’s most dynamic performers. Broussard began his career with traditional zydeco music playing drums in his father’s band, Delton Broussard & The Lawtell Playboys. After developing the nouveau zydeco sound as a member of the…

Etienne Charles: Traces feat. Vincent Ségal, Jorge Glem & Or Baraket / Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana feat. Gregoire Maret, Luques Curtis & Ruy Adrian López-Nussa

Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “a daring improviser who delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism,” Etienne Charles is also the Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State University. He has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. In June…

Etienne Charles: Traces feat. Vincent Ségal, Jorge Glem & Or Baraket / Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana feat. Gregoire Maret, Luques Curtis & Ruy Adrian López-Nussa

Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “a daring improviser who delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism,” Etienne Charles is also the Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State University. He has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. In June…

NOON30: Téada

This is a mid-day encore performance by Irish traditional music band Téada featuring Oisín Mac Diarmada on fiddle, Paul Finn on accordion, Damien Stenson on flute, Seán McElwain on guitar and Tristan Rosenstock on bodhrán. For more information on Téada see page 41. “Téada…determinedly keep the traditional flag flying at full mast…they imbue their music…

Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the Grammy Award winner has crafted a remarkable body of work that prompted The New York Times to hail…

Emerson String Quartet

Haydn String Quartet No.5 in G Major, Opus 33, Hob. III: 41 “How Do You Do” Mozart String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421 Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Opus 59, No. 2 Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello The Emerson String Quartet will…

Kenny Barron & Dave Holland Trio with Johnathan Blake

Celebrate the incomparable jazz pianist Kenny Barron in his 80th birthday year!  This exquisite collaboration between Kenny Barron and Dave Holland expands on the fruitful relationship forged by the two jazz icons with the seamless addition of the masterful young drummer,  Johnathan Blake. Separated in age by only three years, Kenny Barron and Dave Holland—both…

Stanton Moore Trio / Roosevelt Collier

Stanton Moore is a Grammy Award-winning drummer, educator and performer born and raised in New Orleans. He is especially connected to his hometown city, its culture and collaborative spirit. In the early ‘90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic (see page 32), who continue to amass a worldwide audience via recording…

Los Lobos

For all the trailblazing musical acts who’ve emerged from Los Angeles, very few embody the city’s wildly eclectic spirit more wholeheartedly than Los Lobos. Over the past five decades, the renowned East L.A. band has made an indelible mark on music history by exploring an enormous diversity of genres—rock ‘n’ roll and R&B, surf music…

Philip Dukes & Friends III Dohnányi’s Delight

Mahler  Piano Quartet Brahms  Quintet in B minor, Opus 115 for Clarinet (or Viola) and String Quartet  Dohnányi  Sextet in C Major Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Benny Kim, violin; Brendan Speltz, violin; Robin Ashwell, viola; Philip Dukes, viola; Eric Kim, cello; Keith Robinson, cello; Michael Collins, clarinet; French horn TBA;  Sebastian Knauer, piano; Anna Tilbrook, piano …

Stanton Moore Trio / Roosevelt Collier

Stanton Moore is a Grammy Award-winning drummer, educator and performer born and raised in New Orleans. He is especially connected to his hometown city, its culture and collaborative spirit. In the early ‘90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic (see page 32), who continue to amass a worldwide audience via recording…

Alexa Tarantino Quartet / Pasquale Grasso Trio

Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer and educator. She was recently named one of the Top Five Alto Saxophonists in the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll and nominated as a “Rising Star – Alto Saxophone” in the Downbeat Critics’ Poll. Tarantino has played prestigious venues such as Jazz in Marciac Festival, Umbria…

Tedeschi Trucks Band / Eddie 9V

Tedeschi Trucks Band is a Grammy Award-winning 12-piece powerhouse ensemble led by the husband/wife duo of guitarist Derek Trucks and singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, “two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation” (NPR). With their own potent original songwriting alongside an extensive canon of influences, the dynamic all-star band owns a reputation for world-class…

NOON30: Bruce Molsky & Maeve Gilchrist

In this lunchtime performance, Bruce Molsky (see page 22) performs work from his most recent album for solo guitar, his original instrument. Known and respected internationally for decades as a master fiddler, preserver of American music traditions and multi-style collaborator, Bruce Molsky’s first musical love was finger-style guitar. With this project, Molsky dives into intimate…

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Eddie Palmieri is an acclaimed pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Throughout a 60-year career, Palmieri has innovated…

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Eddie Palmieri is an acclaimed pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Throughout a 60-year career, Palmieri has innovated…

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

St. Paul & The Broken Bones is an ever-evolving musical powerhouse. In a profound shift for the Alabama-born eight-piece ensemble—Paul Janeway (vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass), Browan Lollar (guitar), Kevin Leon (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone), and Amari Ansari (saxophone)—the band’s most recent work arrives at a convergence of rock and…

NOON30: Bruce Molsky

In this lunchtime performance, Bruce Molsky performs work from his most recent album for solo guitar, his original instrument. Known and respected internationally for decades as a master fiddler, preserver of American music traditions and multi-style collaborator, Bruce Molsky’s first musical love was finger-style guitar. With this project, Molsky dives into intimate and unique arrangements…

Jack Liebeck, Violin & Sebastian Knauer, Piano

Clara Schumann Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Opus 22 Clarke Midsummer Moon for Violin and Piano Ysaÿe Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Opus 27, “Ballade” Mendelssohn Variations sérieuses, Opus 54 Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Opus 78 “[Jack Liebeck’s] playing is virtually flawless in its technical ease, scintillating articulateness…

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno / The Foreign Landers

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno write and perform old-soul roots music with stunning breadth and originality. Though both just out of college, their talents extend far beyond their years. Both Leva and Calcagno grew up in the Appalachian stringband tradition, have noted parents in the old-time scene, and spent formative years running wild around festival…

Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka & Michael Daves / The Onlies

A powerhouse trio encompassing old-time and bluegrass, Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka and Michael Daves are exceptional exponents of American roots music. Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the world, referred to as “the great banjo liberationist” by NPR and the “father of banjo fusion” by The Wall Street Journal. Georgia-born…

Alexa Tarantino Quartet / Pasquale Grasso Trio

Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer and educator. She was recently named one of the Top Five Alto Saxophonists in the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll and nominated as a “Rising Star – Alto Saxophone” in the Downbeat Critics’ Poll. Tarantino has played prestigious venues such as Jazz in Marciac Festival, Umbria…

Terence Blanchard Feat. The E-Collective & Turtle Island Quartet

Two-time Oscar nominee, six-time Grammy Award-winner and 2018 USA Fellow trumpeter/ composer Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning pivotal moments in American culture—past and present. Regarding his consistent attachment to artistic works of conscience, Blanchard confesses: “Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter live by their Buddhist philosophy and…

Cajun Dance Party: The Lost Bayou Ramblers

The Grammy Award-winning Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers continues to excite, challenge and redefine both genre expectations and cultural preconceptions. Founded in 1999 by brothers Andre and Louis Michot, the last five years have brought them a feature on Jack White’s American Epic, score contributions to the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild…

Cajun Dance Party: The Lost Bayou Ramblers

The Grammy Award-winning Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers continues to excite, challenge and redefine both genre expectations and cultural preconceptions. Founded in 1999 by brothers Andre and Louis Michot, the last five years have brought them a feature on Jack White’s American Epic, score contributions to the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild…

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno / The Foreign Landers

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno write and perform old-soul roots music with stunning breadth and originality. Though both just out of college, their talents extend far beyond their years. Both Leva and Calcagno grew up in the Appalachian string band tradition, have noted parents in the old-time scene and spent formative years running wild around…

Christian Sands High Wire Trio

Christian Sands’ High Wire Trio celebrates and elaborates upon the musical legacy of Erroll Garner, the Pittsburgh-born jazz pianist, composer, concert hall artist and recording star. In addition to several other creative and educational roles, five-time Grammy-nominee Christian Sands also serves as the Creative Ambassador for the Erroll Garner Jazz Project. He is a natural…

Alexander Malofeev

Beethoven Sonata No. 14, Opus 27, No. 2, “Moonlight” Beethoven Sonata No. 17, Opus 31, No. 2, “Tempest” Weinberg Sonata No. 4, Opus 56 Rachmaninov Sonata No. 2, Opus 36 (Revised by the composer in 1931) Alexander Malofeev came to global prominence when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in 2014 at…

Sona Jobarteh / Natu Camara

Sona Jobarteh’s music stands on the mighty shoulders of the West African griot tradition; she is a living archive of the Gambian people. With one ear on the family’s historic reputation, one on the all-important future legacy and her heart in both places, she is preparing a place today for the next generation. Her singing…

Sona Jobarteh / Natu Camara

Sona Jobarteh’s music stands on the mighty shoulders of the West African griot tradition; she is a living archive of the Gambian people. With one ear on the family’s historic reputation, one on the all-important future legacy and her heart in both places, she is preparing a place today for the next generation. Her singing…

Zurich Chamber Orchestra Feat. Daniel Hope & Philip Dukes

Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Opus 47 Bruch Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E minor, Opus 88 Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra The 2023 classical series begins with the return of the renowned Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Music Director Daniel Hope. Joined by SMF’s Thomas V. & Susan G. Reilly Associate…

Aaron Lee Tasjan / S.G. Goodman

Nashville-based songwriter and guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan makes music with conviction that has its roots in rock’s murky past, armed with an arsenal of songs that spill over with humor, intelligence and irony. With a musical background ranging from jazz to punk to alt-country, he won the award for Outstanding Guitarist at the Essentially Ellington…

Pink Martini Feat. China Forbes

In 1994, Thomas Lauderdale wanted to create a new sound with a broader appeal that could energize crowds and serve as a beautifully inclusive soundtrack for events. He drew inspiration from all over the world, crossing classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop until he landed on the genre-bending music you hear today. A year later, Lauderdale…

Christian Sands High Wire Trio

Christian Sands’ High Wire Trio celebrates and elaborates upon the musical legacy of Erroll Garner, the Pittsburgh-born jazz pianist, composer, concert hall artist and recording star. In addition to several other creative and educational roles, five-time Grammy-nominee Christian Sands also serves as the Creative Ambassador for the Erroll Garner Jazz Project. He is a natural…

Noon30: Christian Sands, Piano

The 2023 season kicks off with a solo piano performance by renowned jazz pianist Christian Sands, whose abundant piano technique accomplishes a much deeper musical goal: a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. The power and prowess of his playing has taken him to the Kennedy Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival…

The Infamous Stringdusters / Sierra Hull

In the 12 years since their last SMF performance, Grammy Award-winning ensemble The Infamous Stringdusters have shown remarkable growth as instrumentalists and songwriters. The band’s synergy has developed over 16 years of playing clubs and festival stages across the country and has helped them solidify an enduring fan base among traditional and progressive bluegrass and…

Philip Dukes & Friends I Schubertiade

Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major, Opus 114, D. 667, “Trout” Schubert Octet in F Major, D. 72 Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Benny Kim, violin; Brendan Speltz, violin; Robin Ashwell, viola; Philip Dukes, viola; Eric Kim, cello; Keith Robinson, cello; Joseph Conyers, bass; Sebastian Knauer, piano; Michael Collins, clarinet; French horn and bassoon TBA The first…

Kodo: Tsuzumi

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant and living art form. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 6,500 performances on all continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan…

Philip Dukes & Friends II Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven

Purcell Chaconne in G minor, Z. 730 Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414 Beethoven Septet in E-flat Major, Opus 20 for Violin, Viola, Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Cello and Bass Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Jack Liebeck, violin; Brendan Speltz, violin; Robin Ashwell, viola; Eric Kim, cello; Keith Robinson, cello; Joseph Conyers, bass; Anna…

NOON30: Charles McPherson Quintet Feat. Sean Jones

This is a mid-day encore performance by alto saxophone player, composer and bandleader Charles McPherson with a quintet featuring Sean Jones on trumpet, Jeb Patton on piano, David Wong on bass and Bill Drummond on drums. See page 19 for more information on Charles McPherson Quintet feat. Sean Jones. Pianos by Steinway & Sons |…

Maeve Gilchrist: The Harpweaver

Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity,” Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic (lever) harp to new levels of performance and visibility. Born and raised in Edinburgh and currently based in New York, her innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and…

Charles McPherson Quintet Feat. Sean Jones / Joe Alterman Trio Feat. Houston Person

Acclaimed alto saxophone player, composer and bandleader Charles McPherson returns to SMF after 10 years, with a quintet featuring Sean Jones on trumpet, Jeb Patton on piano, David Wong on bass and Bill Drummond on drums. McPherson left Detroit for New York in 1959 at 19 years of age, joining Charles Mingus’ band the following…

Charles McPherson Quintet Feat. Sean Jones / Joe Alterman Trio Feat. Houston Person

Acclaimed alto saxophone player, composer and bandleader Charles McPherson returns to SMF after 10 years, with a quintet featuring Sean Jones on trumpet, Jeb Patton on piano, David Wong on bass and Bill Drummond on drums. McPherson left Detroit for New York in 1959 at 19 years of age, joining Charles Mingus’ band the following…

Anna Tilbrook & Friends

Strauss Nottorno, Opus 44, No. 1 Mendelssohn Songs Without Words (a selection for solo piano) Saint-Saëns Bassoon Sonata in G Major, Opus 168 Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, Opus 114 Anna Tilbrook, piano, Keith Robinson, cello; Michael Collins, clarinet; French horn and bassoon TBA; This program features the brilliant woodwind and brass guest artists…

Buddy Guy “Damn Right Farewell” with special guests Eric Gales and King Solomon Hicks

Experience Buddy Guy on his final tour at two special outdoor concerts on opening weekend of the 2023 Savannah Music Festival! Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab some food from the food trucks and enjoy two days of spectacular blues anchored by electric blues pioneer and living legend, Buddy Guy. Saturday, March 25 performances…

Buddy Guy “Damn Right Farewell” with special guests Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and Jontavious Willis

Experience Buddy Guy on his final tour at two special outdoor concerts on opening weekend of the 2023 Savannah Music Festival! Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab some food from the food trucks and enjoy two days of spectacular blues anchored by electric blues pioneer and living legend, Buddy Guy. Sunday, March 26 performances…

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…

SMF Jazz Academy Program Assistant

SMF Jazz Academy Program Assistant (part-time) Location: Savannah, Georgia Term: August 2022-June 2023 Pay: Part-time, $20 hourly pay; max 20 hours/week Reports to: Program Manager Program Description: SMF Jazz Academy (SMFJA) is a cost-free after-school jazz program that promotes social justice in the form of high-quality jazz education and mentoring of its students. Students enrolled…

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…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1502 – Schumann & Beethoven

savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1502 – Schumann & Beethoven In this episode, we listen to Robert Schumann’s great Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Opus 44, performed during the Philip Dukes & Friends chamber music series. It will be followed by the lesser known sonatinas for mandolin, composed by Beethoven and performed here by…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1501 – Bela Fleck My Bluegrass Heart / Lúnasa

savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1501 – Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart / Lúnasa This and future episodes of Savannah Music Festival LIVE will attempt to recreate the festival experience through its multi-hued lens, with the idea that we each have something to discover through every new interaction with music. This episode begins with…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1448 – Escher String Quartet 2021

savannahmusicfestival · Savannah Music Festival LIVE 1448 – Escher String Quartet 2021 In October of 2021, the Escher String Quartet appeared in four concerts over three nights in Savannah, performing Mozart viola quintets with Savannah Music Festival Associate Artistic Director Philip Dukes, and on a program featuring musicians from the Savannah Philharmonic under maestro Keitaro…

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Education Manager (Musical Explorers Program) Term: Full-time Reports to: Director of Education & Community Engagement Start date: August 1, 2022    Program Description: Developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), Musical Explorers is a comprehensive program reaching nearly 10,000 K-2 students and more than 200 teachers. Musical Explorers’ multicultural curriculum explores six…

2022 Festival T-Shirt

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2022 Festival Poster by Albin Christen

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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…

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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…

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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…

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*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…

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Aaron Jennings, Manager, SMF Jazz Academy Jazz drummer and percussionist Aaron Jennings discovered his passion for music playing in church in his hometown of Savannah Georgia. He attended the prestigious Savannah Arts Academy of Visual and Performing Arts where his love for jazz was cultivated. Jennings has a B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Music from…

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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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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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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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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…

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…

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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…

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…

2018 Savannah Music Festival Finale at Trustees’ Garden Poster

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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

2018 Faculty Bass Raviv Markovitz Rodney Jordan (Florida State University) Rodney Whitaker (Michigan State University) Drum Leon Anderson (Florida State University)* Bryan Carter Jason Marsalis (University of New Orleans) Guitar Dave Stryker (University of Illinois)* Piano Marcus Roberts, Director of Swing Central Jazz Sullivan Fortner Chris Pattishall (Florida State University) Bill Peterson (Florida State University)*…

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Q: Can we keep our instruments in the Civic Center overnight? A: We do not recommend leaving your instruments overnight. We cannot guarantee that the room will be locked or guarded outside of the SCJ schedule or during other events that might take place within the building.   Q: Will there be…

Competition Procedures

Competition Procedures There will be an optional competition walk-through for directors only at 7:15am in the Lucas Theatre. Directors will have a chance to see the stage set-up and the staging area. This will take approximately 15 minutes. The first band to perform in the competition will warm up on stage. During this time, the…

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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…

Individual Giving 2017

Individual Giving For more information about making an outright or planned gift to Savannah Music Festival, please contact the Development Department at SMF by calling 912.234.3378. 2017 Concert Circle Concert Circle donors enjoy benefits that include concert selection, reserved seats and access to additional SMF parties and events. SMF thanks all of its donors who ensure…

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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: TBD 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 arts…

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…

Graphic Design Internship

Graphic Design Internship Location: Savannah, Georgia Timeframe: At least 10 weeks, 8–12 hours/week depending on schedule Start date: TBD Compensation: $15/hour Reports to: Marketing Director The Savannah Music Festival located in downtown Savannah, GA is seeking a creative individual to fill the position of Graphic Design Intern. This position will provide the intern with hands-on…

2019 Photos

2019 Festival Images All images are ©Savannah Music Festival. Unauthorized use is prohibited. See more festival photography in our icon-external Flickr Photostream. For more information, please contact us.

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2016 Festival Shirt (Men’s)

A signature blended style from Next Level, this super-soft tee equals instant touchability. Preshrunk 65% polyester/35% cotton sheer jersey 3.7-oz. 40 singles for extreme softness front cover-stitched self-fabric collar satin label

2016 Festival Shirt (Ladies)

Style: Next Level Apparel Ladies Tri-blend Crew (6710) in Vintage Navy
50% polyester/25% cotton/25% rayon 4.3 ounce tri-blend fabric.
32 singles yarn.
Pre-shrunk.
Set-in collar of 1×1 baby rib knit with front cover stitch.
Satin label.
Tri-blend fabric provides superior fit and comfort.

2016 Festival T-Shirt (Ladies Tank Top)

Style: Next Level Apparel Women’s Premium Tri-Blend Racerback Tank in Vintage Navy 50% polyester/25% ring-spun combed cotton/25% rayon Lightweight Fitted 4.3-oz. 32 singles for extreme softness

2013 Festival T-Shirt (Men’s)

Style: District® – Young Mens The Concert Tee™ (DT5000) This tee rocks with comfortable softness, smooth lines and a tear-away tag. 100% cotton (dark grey) 90/10 cotton/poly (heather grey)  

2013 Festival T-Shirt (Ladies)

Style : District® – Juniors The Concert Tee™ (DT5001) This tee rocks with comfortable softness, smooth lines and a tear-away tag. 90/10 cotton/poly (Heather Grey) Limited sizes available.

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Festival Shop

Festival Pop-Up Shop The Pop-Up Shop is located at 402 East Broughton Street (corner of Habersham and Broughton Streets) in downtown Savannah. Items for sale include official 2022 festival merchandise such as t-shirts, posters, and hats as well as discounted merchandise from past seasons. Pop-Up Shop Hours of Operation (starting Thursday, March 24): Wednesday-Saturday 12–6pm…

SMF 2017 – GCA Audio Samples

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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SMF Logo Bumper Sticker

High-quality bumper sticker 2 in. diameter

2016 Festival Poster by SHOUT

For the 2016 season poster, the Savannah Music Festival commissioned Italian illustrator Alessandro Gottardo, aka SHOUT.

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2015 Festival Poster by Mark Smith

For the 2015 season, the Savannah Music Festival commissioned illustrator Mark Smith.

2015 Festival T-Shirt (Ladies V-Neck)

Official 2015 Savannah Music Festival T-Shirt. Women’s style: CVC Jersey V-Neck shirt in 60% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton, 40% Poly.

Marsh Mud Madness – Original Songs by Roger Day

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…

2014 Festival Poster by Michael Schwab

For the 25th anniversary season, we commissioned illustrator Michael Schwab.

2013 Festival Poster by Brian Stauffer

For our 2013 season, SMF commissioned illustrator Brian Stauffer.

2011 Festival Poster by Ty Cumbie

Our original 2011 festival poster measures 13.25 x 27.25 inches and is printed on high-quality natural paper.