The following events will be held as part of the 20th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival: "Our Journey Through the Arts." The annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival, a series of events highlighting the cultural and artistic contributions of African Americans, is presented by the city of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Savannah State University. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Festival of Hymns, Jan. 31
Experience the tradition of African-American hymns during a participatory workshop: "Festival of Hymns and Hymn stories used in the African-American Church," Jan. 31. The free event is open to choir members, musicians and hymn enthusiasts of all ages. Join Herbert B.R.P Jones, Ph.D., artistic director and minister of music for the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, who will lead the session from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p. m., St. Philip AME Church, 613 MLK Jr. Blvd.
As choir director, Jones heads the River City Brass Band, a multi-ethnic, multigenerational choral ensemble that specializes in the performance of African- American sacred music spirituals, gospel music, and standard choral literature. An article recently written by Jones, "Making Music Makes You Smarter," was published in the Mississippi Music Teachers’ MENC/ACDA State Newsletter/Journal.
For more information, contact the event co-sponsor St. Philip AME Church at (912) 233-2083, the festival information line at (912) 691- 6847 or visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival. com
Featuring a vibrant, signature sound, the Spelman ensemble has steadily grown to establish an annual eightto 10-city tour, including Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore and Columbia. Their latest CDs include the popular Feelin’ Good, released in 2007.
During the over twenty years of touring, the renowned ensemble has shared stages with such jazz greats, such as Wynton Marsalis, Consuela Lee, Nancy Wilson, Leroy Jenkins, Valerie Capers, Straight Ahead Jazz Quartet, Uptown String Quartet, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vanessa Ruben, Irene Reid and Regina Carter. For more details, visit www.savannahblackherigagefestival. com.
IF YOU GO The Savannah Black Heritage Festival 2009 honors the following Savannah Jazz musicians: Teddy Adams, Ben Tucker, Sam Gill (Posthumously), and Claude Rhea (Posthumously)