Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant presents two amazing nights celebrating jazz historian, educator author and musician Dr. Teddy Adams with a two day birthday bash.
The two day Teddy Adams Birthday Bash kicks off Friday, August 16th at 8:00p p.m. with former students and mentees, Andrae Murchinson, Robert Stringer, Jaron Mcarr and the Eric Jones trio.
On Saturday, August 17th, doors open at 8:00pm for the grand finale jam session featuring The Teddy Adams Sextet with internationally known musicians pianist Kevin Bales and bassist Rodney Jordan.
Adams, a pillar of the community for more than 50 years and post his return from living in and touring Tokyo, Japan, along with Ben Tucker, is credited for the resurgence and rebirth of jazz in Savannah, Georgia. As Co-founder of Coastal Jazz Association, Savannah Jazz Festival and the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, he has remained committed and steadfast to keeping the art form formerly known as jazz alive and well.
Continuing to carry and pass the torch as only Adams can, to date, one of his favorite concerts is the highly anticipated Annual Christmas Jazz Concert and Jam Session. Since its inception in the mid 1950’s, he was a loyal participant as a high school student. When Adams returned from Asia, he learned the annual Christmas concert had ceased with no plans of revival. With the support of musicians and Savannah jazz enthusiasts supporting his vision, he reinstated the Annual Christmas concert where it continues to be “a must attend” event 43 years later.
An avid supporter and believer in educating the next generation of musicians, he is responsible for presenting the Black Heritage Festival’s annual “Future of Jazz” concert which features the brightest young jazz talent in the region. The Dean of Jazz, Adams continues to mentor a host of young jazz musicians who are currently making names for themselves both domestically and internationally.
Presently performing and responsible for jazz entertainment for Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant, he also continues to share his love and passion for music as a trusted and respected music instructor at Savannah State University. Adding published author to his list of accomplishments, Adams’ memoirs, “The Up of the Down Beat”, Dr.Teddy, Adams shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. He’s excited and honored to celebrate his two day birthday bash with friends, family and a host of talented musicians at Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant next month.