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Glimmers of hope, turning a corner

Glimmers of hope, turning a corner

This 2021 edition of Jazz Appreciation Month underscored the notion that we can’t take the music or its makers for granted. Especially after the past year: clubs shuttered temporarily or permanently, or forced to present music to their supporters virtually via webcasts because of limited or no live audiences. Musicians without steady gigs or, in some ...


Article: Live Review

Tierney Sutton At The Jazz Corner

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Tierney Sutton The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC February 8, 2020 When a lady has chosen nine new outfits, attended nine nerve wracking awards dinners and been nominated for nine Grammys since 2006, it would simply be impolite not to vote for her to win next time. Tierney Sutton certainly ...


Gregg Allman


Gregg Allman's most visible contribution to rock music is as lead singer, organist, and songwriter within the Allman Brothers Band, founded by his brother Duane (d. 1971) in 1969. He has never threatened to eclipse the band that carries his family name, but he has found occasional success and popularity with his solo work, which is distinctly different, more soulful and less focused on high- wattage virtuosity. Allman's instrument is the organ, and he is most effective, when he is in top form, as a singer. His first instrument, ironically enough, was the guitar, and he took it up before his older brother Duane did


Article: Live Review

Savannah Music Festival 2019

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Savannah Music Festival Savannah, GA March 28-April 2, 2019 The opening day of this 30th edition of the Savannah Music Festival featured a pronounced bombardment of diverse artists, tearing apart the motor controls of the driven sonic obsessive. If a pair of ears lends equal attention to Louisiana zydeco, Saharan ...


Article: Live Review

Harry Connick, Jr. at Johnny Mercer Theatre

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Harry Connick, Jr. Johnny Mercer Theatre New Orleans Tricentennial Tour Savannah, GA December 9, 2018 With numerous Grammy and Emmy awards and Tony nominations, Harry Connick, Jr. is a star of sound, screen, and stage, lauded by universities and his loyal fan base. “Star" is not ...


News: Recording

Jackson Evans "Song Noir" CD Release Party at Blowin Smoke BBQ in Savannah on July 31

Jackson Evans "Song Noir" CD Release Party at Blowin Smoke BBQ in Savannah on July 31

On Sunday, July 31 jazz guitarist Jackson Evans will release his first recording as a solo artist at Blowin Smoke BBQ in Savannah, Georgia. The album, titled Song Noir, features a collection of original jazz compositions paired with a few jazz standards. The songs range in energy from the quirky, forward moving Adventures of Maximilian to ...


News: Education

Savannah Music Festival Uses Technology to Kickstart Jazz Education Funding

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is trying to raise a minimum of $25,000 for music education through kickstarter.com, a fundraising website that supports creative projects through an all-or-nothing funding method. Kickstarter enables funding at any level (as little as $1), imparting confidence in donors by ensuring that pledged funds are only collected when the project is ...


News: Education

Free Full Set of Charts for the First 75 High School Jazz Bands to Apply

Free Full Set of Charts for the First 75 High School Jazz Bands to Apply

The first 75 High School Jazz bands to apply to 2011 Swing Central High School Jazz Band Competition & Workshop will receive the following sets of charts free of charge: “Jada" by Oliver Nelson “After You've Gone" Arranged by Bill Holman “Slide's Derangement" by Slide Hampton Swing Central High School Jazz Band Competition & ...


News: Education

Swing Central 2010 Finishes with Unprecedented Momentum for Fostering the Growth of Jazz Through High-Quality Mentorship

Dillard Center for the Arts from Ft. Lauderdale Takes Home the First Place Faircloth Award Savannah, Georgia -- On Friday, April 2nd, the 2010 edition of the Savannah Music Festival's (SMF) SWING CENTRAL High School Jazz Band Competition & Workshop, dubbed the “Pro Bowl of high school jazz bands" by the South ...


News: Festival

Savannah Music Festival Opens This Weekend

On the heels of one of the country's biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the 2010 Savannah Music Festival opens on Thursday, March 18th with a concert featuring Chinese pianist Lang Lang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, along with Mike Marshall's Big Trio premiering the newly-commissioned “Suite Savannah" on a co-bill with new favorites of western swing, ...


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