The 26th Annual Savannah Music Festival Continues… Sean Jones Quartet; Late Night Jam


Top: Wycliffe Gordon Bottom: Sean Jones
Top: Wycliffe Gordon Bottom: Sean Jones

The 26th Annual Savannah Music Festival continues with Sean Jones Quartet, Warren Wolf & Wolfpack, The Louis Armstrong Continuum/Swing Central Jazz Finale and the Late Night Jam with Sean Jones Quartet featuring Wycliffe Gordon and Friends.

The SMF audiences will remember trumpeter, band leader, educator and composer Sean Jones from when he performed at SMF 2012 with Jon Faddis or SMF 2010 with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, but his current quartet is his finest project to date. Jones was originally a drummer but discovered the trumpet at the age of 10 upon hearing Miles Davis. Check out Sean Jones who will be joined by Orrin Evans on piano, Luques Curtis on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums. Check out Sean Jones Quartet and Warren Wolf and Wolfpack at the Charles Morris Center on Thursday, March 26th at the Charles Morris Center. Endless possibilities open up when Wolf stands over the vibraphone and his “Wolfpack” quartet plays with soul and fire. Wolf will be joined by Alex Brown on piano, Kris Funn on bass and Billy Williams, Jr. on drums.

The Louis Armstrong Continuum/Swing Central Jazz Finale will have performances by the top three finalists from the Swing Central Jazz competition, this original production will be an evening devoted to the legacy of Louis Armstrong, an American genius of the 20th century music. Groups led by Marcus Roberts, Warren Vache’ and Wycliffe Gordon will all be featured, performing such classics as “Dear Old Southland,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and other treasures from the repertoire of Louis Armstrong. Join in with the Swing Central Jazz Finale on Friday, March 27 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

The Late Night Jam with Sean Jones Quartet featuring Wycliffe Gordon and Friends will take place on Friday evening at the Charles Morris Center. A highlight of every festival season has become the annual late night jazz jam, which wraps up our week with the Swing Central Jazz in a fiery concert. This year, the Sean Jones Quartet provides the backbone to the jam and will welcome a variety of musicians including acclaimed soloists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Warren Vache’ and many others.

On Saturday, March 28, enjoy the Marcus Roberts Trio featuring bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis; New Orleans Soul and Brass Party: Irma Thomas/Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Latin Dance Party featuring Adonis Puentes and he Voice of Cuba Orchestra.

For more information on remaining performances of the 26th Annual Savannah Music Festival visit: savannahmusicfestival.org.


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