34th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival


Fred Wesley, Jarekus Singleton
Fred Wesley, Jarekus Singleton

The 34th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival presented by the Coastal Jazz Association and the City of Savannah began last Sunday and will continue through Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The remaining lineup continues on Wednesday, September 23 at Rancho Alegre, Doc Handy will perform at 7:30pm. Terry “Doc” Handy soulfully operates musical greatness on the conga drums in a majestic harmonious manner, permeating hearts all over the world. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Doc has played percussion for over 30 years over a diverse array of genres including Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, and Latin Jazz.

On Thursday, September 24, at the Mansion on Forsyh Park beginning at 7pm is the Savannah State Wesleyan Choir. Nurture your heart. Enlighten your soul. The Savannah State University Wesleyan Gospel Choir is dubbed as “the best little singing aggregation on this side of the Mason Dixon line.”

Beginning at 8pm is Eric Culberson

Bandleader Eric Culberson has been playing music virtually all his life. Growing up in a family of musicians, he was drawn to his father’s acoustic guitar at the age of six and has never looked back. Before too long, this Southeast GA native had been turned on to the common denominator between many legendary rock acts: the blues.

At 9:15pm Jarekus Singleton will take the stage. At just 30 years old, Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton’s cutting edge sound melds hiphop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves

Tony Monaco
Tony Monaco
with contemporary and traditional blues.

On Friday, September 25 at 7:00pm Bernard Rose Band, Jody Espina Quartet and Barry Greene & University of North Florida Jazz Band will perform. On Saturday, September 26 at Forsyth Park beginning at 3pm in Forsyth Park

The Parris Island Marine Band, The Doug Carn Trio, and the Steve Watson Trio will perform.

At 7:00pm The Coastal Jazz Association Hall of Fame ceremony will be held.

The Coastal Jazz Association Hall of Fame All-Stars are representative of the strong Jazz legacy that Savannah has established over its long and poignant musical history. These talented artists were all unanimously inducted into the Coastal Jazz Association Hall of Fame for their contributions and accomplishments on local, national, and international levels. The All-Stars have played the Jazz festival every year since 1990. New inductees include:

Benjamin Glasgow Brown, Richard C. E. “Skip” Jennings and Robert “Bob” Masteller.

At 8:15pm Tony Monaco, Harvey Mason & Howard Paul will perform Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke.

Beginning at 9:30pm Fred Wesley & Savannah Jazz Orchestra will take the stage.

Most people know Fred Wesley as James Brown’s funky trombonist from the 1970s. But Fred was and is much more than that. Fred is one of the greatest writers and arrangers of funk music on planet earth.

Follow the Savannah Jazz Festival on the Coastal Jazz Association’s facebook page.


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