37th Annual Christmas Concert and Jam Session: This Year A Different Twist


The Coastal Jazz Association’s annual major fundraiser, the annual Christmas Concert and Jam Session will be held at the Westin Hotel, Hutchinson Island, on Christmas Day, beginning at 5:00PM. This year an added feature will be the remaining members of the Telfair Jazz Society, the Jazz group that was solely responsible for revitalizing the Jazz scene in Savannah.

Bassist, Ben Tucker and trombonist, Teddy Adams, teamed up in 1977 and decided that there was no apparent reason for Savannah not to have the former strong Jazz presence that it was known for throughout the Jazz world. In collaboration with the Telfair Museum of Art and Science, monthly concerts were held, packing its rotunda at each performance.

The original group was comprised of Adams, Tucker, Ken Palmer, Buby McMillian Samarai Celestial and Stubby Mitchell. Of that group, only Adams and Tucker are still with us. The latter members

have joined that “Great Orchestra in the Sky”. Later, Val Davis replaced Samarai Celestial on drums and Huxsie Scott was added as the featured vocalist, thus perpetuating a Jazz legacy.

This Christmas concert will feature the remaining members of the Telfair Jazz Society, along with special guest, drummer, Quentin Baxter, who has been a part of this event for the past several years.

In addition to Baxter, two former Savannah Arts Skyelite Band students, in the persons of trombonists Andrae Murchison and Robert Stringer, both who have earned Master Degrees in Jazz performance, will also be featured artists. Both trombonists are making their names known on the New York Jazz scene, Murchison with both the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras and the Abdullah Ibrahim Sextet and Stringer with the Cotton Club Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra. They have also recorded with major Jazz and Pop artists.

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