The 2016 Savannah Jazz Festival will be held September 18th-24th. The festival will kickoff on Sunday, September 18th at Hotel Indigo and will culminate Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Forsyth Park. This year’s festival celebrates jazz as a living art form—built on a constantly evolving tradition. The festival will offer all types of jazz, from Dixieland, traditional swing, straight-ahead and bop to melodic standards and funky down-home gut-bucket blues.
The Savannah Jazz Festival boasts the best in international, national, regional and local jazz talent. Sponsored by the City of Savannah, the festival is free and open to the public. Food Vendors will be on site.
Headliners include DAVE STRYKER, PETER FISH GROUP, KING SOLOMON HICKS and much more!..
Announcing the fabulous Audrey Shakir, performing with the stellar Savannah Jazz Orchestra, Friday, Sept. 23 in Forsyth Park! Dubbed Atlanta’s First Lady of Jazz, Audrey Shakir is internationally acclaimed and her scatting style has been compared to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald.
Wynton Marsalis says of her, “Audrey Shakir is one of the greatest bebop singers in the world today, a talent with a thrilling voice, sure to send elation through the audience.”
The Savannah Jazz Orchestra is heralded as the Coastal Empire’s premier Jazz ensemble, presents the exciting sounds of modern and traditional big band music.
Co-led by Randall Reese and Teddy Adams, SJO is a 16-piece, professional big band that is comprised of the top-notch freelance musicians in the Coastal Empire. The large ensemble includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, bass, drums and fabulous vocals.
Produced and orchestrated by the Coastal Jazz Association for 35 years, the Savannah Jazz Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Set in various venues throughout the Hostess City from Sunday through Tuesday, the Savannah Jazz Festival brings it all home for three days in Forsyth Park. In addition, the Jazz Festival features a special movie night to move the rich narrative of the story of Jazz music, and opens the park shows with a Blues Night on Thursday in honor of one of the parents of Jazz.
For the full festival schedule and comprehensive list of artists, please visit savannahjazzfest.com.