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Savannah Music Festival

Jazz was a modest component of the 17-day Savannah Music Festival that straddled the last 11 days of March and first five of April in the Historic District of the old port city in Georgia. It constituted 11 events (actually six concert programs, three repeated), plus a national Swing Central big band competition featuring a dozen high schools, as part of a schedule of close to 100 events featuring everything from classical to bluegrass, world music to blues and rock.

The finale of the festival was a jazz concert featuring a new program from “The One and Only Wycliffe Gordon,” a Georgia native, plus a selection apiece from the top three high school bands in the Swing Central competition, held at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, a refurbished movie/vaudeville palace. It was a more than adequate space for jazz, but the real revelation, and the attraction that made the festival this year a delight for jazz fans, was the Charles H. Morris Center, where the other jazz concerts were held.

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