The 2016 Savannah Music Festival (SMF) lineup covers folk, traditional, popular, serious and studied music by renowned artists from across the globe. The 2016 festival takes place from March 24th through April 9th, including concerts, recitals, film and theatrical performance.
The Music Festival continues through downtown Savannah with Tenor Titans: Stephen Riley Quartet feat. Marcus Roberts / Eric Alexander Quartet feat. Harold Mabern on Thursday, March 31 at Charles Morris Center. This concert pairs two of the finest forty-something tenor saxophonists in jazz today. Possessing a truly individual sound that has been compared to the late Paul Gonsalves of Duke Ellington Orchestra fame, Stephen Riley‘s dark, breathy, and subtly expressive playing is markedly different than any saxophonist in jazz. He will be backed by the Marcus Roberts Trio including bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis.
Eric Alexander has developed into one of the finest bebop saxophonists in the world, and his quartet features elder statesman Harold Mabern at the piano along with bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth. This long-running quartet has toured extensively across the globe, meaning that audiences can anticipate a night of incendiary swing with this only in-Savannah double bill! On Friday,
The Suffers / Langhorne Slim will appear at the Ships of the Sea North Garden.
The Suffers is an exuberant ten-piece Gulf Coast R&B ensemble from Houston, Texas that intertwines elements of classic soul music and rock ‘n’ roll. Driven by a powerful rhythm section and closeknit horn playing, the band is fronted by the massive voice of Kam Franklin. Their music is a reflection of diverse backgrounds coming together to create a musical gumbo, featuring a Latin percussionist, gospel singer, classically-trained saxophonist and jazz drummer. The buzz surrounding The Suffers near sweep of the Houston Press Music Awards in 2014 led them to take their show on the road, performing nearly 150 concerts in 2015. The Suffers are well-positioned for a meteoric rise when they independently release their upcoming debut album, and make their SMF debut in 2016.
For ticket information visit savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912-525- 5050 and at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah. “Savannah, Georgia seems an unlikely setting for one of the best world music festivals in the country…each spring the City transforms itself into a global crossroads.” Afropop Worldwide