Coastal Jazz Presents Savannah’s Trombone Legend Teddy Adams


The Coastal Jazz Association is proud to present Savannah’s Trombone Legend Teddy Adams to perform Sunday, July 15, 2018; 5-7p.m. at the Ben Tucker Pavillion, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa at 2 Resort Drive in Savannah. FREE for CJA Members and students with I.D., $20 for Guests.

Teddy Adams is a Savannah, Georgia native. Born August 20, 1941 and educated in the public school system of Savannah, he began playing saxophone and later trombone in the first African American music program created for public school children in Savannah in 1952. Teddy credits Savannah for giving him a solid foundation in the art form commonly referred to as Jazz. In addition to playing trombone, he is an educator, composer and musicologist. He has mentored numerous students who have become outstanding professional Jazz musicians, performing with such artists as Ravi Coltrane, Count Basie and Duke Ellington Bands, Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin and many more.

Teddy has performed with some of the most notable artists in Jazz, such as Art Blakey, Cab Calloway, Ben Riley, Ben Tucker Rufus Reid, Irene Reid, Jon Faddis, James Moody, Doug Carn to name a few. Having resided in Asia for more than 11 years, he primarily lived in Tokyo, Japan and Bangkok, Thailand. He attended the Watanabe Music Conservatory in Tokyo, Japan and later earned degrees in Sociology and Public Administration with a PH.D in the latter. Teddy served in the United States Air Force 10 years and successfully maintained and balanced two careers simultaneously. Upon returning to the United States, he worked as an Administrator for the City of Savannah and retired after 33 years of employment. He is the Co-Leader of the Savannah Jazz Orchestra and a Co-Founder of the Coastal

Jazz Association and the Savannah Jazz Festival. Deeply rooted in his community, Teddy is a Founding Charter member of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, a recipient of the Key to the City of Savannah, a lifetime member of the AFM704 (presently AFM441-704) and was one of the first inductees in the Savannah/Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame.

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