LIVE: Night 2 of Savannah Jazz Festival features musicians from across the East Coast
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The 40th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival continues with a packed lineup.
Saturday’s performers come from across the East Coast, Jacksonville, Florida, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and cities in between.
Organizers reduced this year’s in-person audience due to local COVID-19 guidelines. But the festival has once again partnered with WSAV to stream all live performances online for free.
Watch the second night of the festival live on this page starting at 3 p.m. ET.
The Shawn Purcell Quintet
From 3 p.m. ET
Shawn Purcell, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a jazz guitarist, educator, arranger and songwriter from the Washington DC area.
The proud Benedetto Guitars artist has shared the stage with Terell Stafford, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Sean Jones, Brian Charette, Regina Carter, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and many more.
Purcell can be heard on over 30 recordings, including “The Whirl” by Chip McNeill, “Heads Up!” by Steve Fidyk. and Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra’s “Allied Forces” and Prime Time, with Doc Severinsen.
Purcell spent over 17 years as a member of the military big bands in Washington DC. From 1996 to 2004, he was the guitarist of the US Air Force jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. During his stint with “The Note”, Purcell has performed around the world, including England, Germany, Turkey, Luxembourg, Azores, Belgium, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates. , Italy, Kuwait and Bahrain.
He is currently the guitarist of the US Navy Band, Washington DC-based Jazz Ensemble “Commodores”.
Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame Band
From 4:10 p.m. HEY
Always a highlight of the festival, the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars performance will feature inductees Teddy Adams, Howard Paul, Huxsie Scott, Delbert Felix and Randall Reese.
Hall of Fame legends include Johnny Mercer, Jabbo Smith, King James Oliver, and Ben Tucker, among others.
To be considered for induction, members must have some kind of impact at the regional, national and international levels.
John Lee with Laurence Hobgood
From 5.15 p.m. HEY
John Lee, legendary American jazz bassist and Grammy Award-winning producer, began his career in 1970. He has worked with some of the biggest stars including Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, James Moody, Aretha Franklin , Gregory Hines and many more.
Lee has produced over 60 albums and CDs since 1977 and, as a sound engineer, has recorded and mixed over 100 albums and CDs.
He became bassist for Dizzy Gillespie in 1984, touring and recording with the Dizzy’s Quintet, its Big Band and its Grammy-winning United Nation Orchestra. In 1996, Lee became the director and bassist of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars and the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience. They have recorded five albums and toured the world extensively.
Special guest Laurence Hobgood, a world-renowned, Grammy-winning jazz pianist, will join Lee on stage this year. His CD “When the Heart Dances”, a duet recording with iconic bassist Charlie Haden, was acclaimed around the world and earned him 4-star reviews. His 2013 Christmas CD is a refreshing take on overplayed holiday standards and has been listed as one of the best holiday CDs of the year.
The organizers of Savannah Jazz say his renowned and recognizable deep piano styles will bring great depth and humor to Lee’s performance and will certainly make one for the books of the festival.
Commodores of the United States Navy Orchestra
Starting at 6:40 p.m. ET
The tribute to great American military groups includes perhaps the best large group, The US Navy Band Commodores. This group of 18 musicians has entertained crowds and the military for 50 years.
Some of the greatest legends of American music have accompanied them, including Ray Charles, Brandford Marsalis, Clark Terry, Grover Washington, Jr. and James Moody, a member of the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame.
Commodores are always available for major national events and memorials. Their energy performance is legendary.
Terry “Doc” at hand
From 20h HEY
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Terry “Doc” Handy credits his older brother’s love for the piano that led him to become a musician.
Handy has been playing percussion for over 30 years in a wide range of genres including R&B, jazz and Latin jazz. He has performed all over the world in Europe, Korea and Panama.
Handy was also selected as the opening performance for many greats, including James Brown, Aaran Neville, Macy Gray, Kool and the Gang, Kirk Whalum, Brian Culbertson and EL Gran Combo. He is mostly inspired by percussionists Ralph McDonald, Giovanni Hidalgo and Bill Summers.
Practice, aka “M. Jazz Festival“, lights him up wherever he performs. His uniqueness as a conga musician is his captivating ability to fuse Afro-Cuban percussion with jazz to create an infectious swing that leaves its mark. audience in a bewitching groove.
Savannah Jazz Divas with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra
From 9:20 p.m. HEY
Savannah is home to some of the greatest female jazz singers, including Huxsie Scott and Irene Reid, members of the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame. Three Divas from Savannah join the Savannah Jazz Orchestra big band this year.
Priscilla Albergottie Williams has been presented internationally in Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, Germany, as well as a plethora of performances in the United States.
Cynthia Utterbach, originally from New Jersey, has performed worldwide, starting in Europe to star in the musical production “The Buddy Holly Story” in Hamburg, and has since performed throughout Europe as a singer. jazz at festivals and clubs. Utterbach cites Sarah Vaughan as her main inspiration, and she certainly has a comparable warm tone in the low register.
Stephanie Nakasian – listed in the Jazz Biography Encyclopedia as one of the greatest female jazz singers in the world – has toured extensively with jazz master and mentor Jon Hendricks. Often compared to jazz greats, it was Nakasian’s crisp, clear tones that made him popular, while his ability to interpret standards transports listeners to another place in time.