Savannah Jazz Fest

Sept. 17-23 • Savannah

The 36th annual Savannah Jazz Fest is back Sept. 17 – 23 with a lineup featuring Wycliffe Gordon and his Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Selwyn Birchwood, Andy Snitzer Band with Jody Espina, The Presidents, Randy Napoleon Quartet, Javon Jackson, Palmetto Latin Orchestra, Eric Jones Quartet, Fort Bragg Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band, Parris Island Marine Band and the Savannah Jazz Orchestra with Carmen Bradford. The festival will also premiere a documentary about the late jazz bassist and composer Ben Tucker, one of the original founders of the Coastal Jazz Association and Savannah Jazz Festival.

The Lineup

Wycliffe Gordon

Musical ambassador and interpreter of “America’s” music, Wycliffe Gordon is one of the world’s most renown and award-winning jazz trombonists touring today.  His signature sound and mastery of the plunger mute have helped solidify his impressive musical career.   Wycliffe tours as a soloist and with his quintet “Wycliffe Gordon & His International All-Stars,” headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers worldwide.  In addition, Wycliffe has recorded or been featured on over 300 recordings, has composed and arranged hundred’s of compositions including the theme song for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and is a very passionate most sought-after educator.

Saxophonist Andy Snitzer has traveled the word as a soloist and horn section anchor alongside Paul Simon. He has worked with legendary artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Beck, Jay-Z and more. “My career has been a fascinating journey in so many ways and it’s been a privilege working with and learning from some of the world’s most legendary artists and innovators,” Snitzer said. I can’t overestimate the benefit of being able to watch Paul Simon work, up close. It took a while but on my recent releases I’m finally operating at a level that reflects everything I’ve been able to learn from masters like Paul.”

The Presidents, a powerhouse of talent that includes Howard Paul (President of Benedetto Guitars) on guitar, Rick Drumm (President of D’Addario) on drums and Jason Gano (Vice President of Sales at Marshall USA) on bass.

Howard Paul is a 2011 inductee of the Savannah/Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame and chairman of the Savannah Jazz Festival. Paul performs internationally at jazz clubs and night clubs, holds lectures at universities, and collaborates with various artists.

Jason Gano has performed alongside talented jazz musicians like Mike Stern, Mark Pender (Conan O’Brien Show), Michael Feinstein, John Faddis, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Des Moines Big Band and the TC Rodgers Orchestra. Gano is currently performing in and around the Washington/Baltimore area with the Don Junker Big Band, Big Band Caliente, Swinglab, The Jerry Lynn Trio and the Marty Knepp Trio.

Rick Drumm was part of the US Air Force NORAD Band and Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, playing the drums. Having studied with Ed Shaugnessy (drummer of the Johnny Carson Tonight Show) and Sonny Igoe (CBS staff drummer for the Ed Sullivan Show and the Jackie Gleason Show), Drumm currently plays professionally alongside Vic Juris (guitarist), Frank Catalano (jazz saxophonist), and Randy Brecker (trumpet player extraordinaire).

The Palmetto Latin Orchestra is a South Carolina-based 11-piece Latin band specializing in “Musica Tropical.” With a repertoire that also includes Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata and Latin Jazz, the Orchestra is well-versed in getting the audience moving and dancing.

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