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Charismatic Jazz Singing and Hard Swinging at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival

March 20-April 5 in Savannah, Georgia

Catherine Russell in "Ladies Sing the Blues," Savannah Music Festival 2014
Christian Sands, Savannah Music Festival 2014
Christian Sands, Savannah Music Festival 2014
Charenee Wade, Catherine Russell in "Ladies Sing the Blues," Savannah Music Festival 2014
Christian McBride Trio (Christian Sands, Christian McBride, Ulysses Owens Jr., Savannah Music Festival 2014
Christian McBride Trio, Savannah Music Festival 2014
Cecile McLorin Salvant, Aaron Diehl, Savannah Music Festival 2014
Aaron Diehl, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paul Sikivie, Peter Van Nostrand, Savannah Music Festival 2014
Cecile McLorin Salvant, Savannah Music Festival 2014

For 17 days, Savannah Music Festival is an omnivore’s delight, what Thelonious Monk might call four-in-one. SMF isn’t merely a classical music festival, a folk and Americana festival or a jazz and blues festival – it’s all of these, with prestigious associate musical directors on hand for each musical genre, including Marcus Roberts for jazz. Plus a hefty helping of world music.

Under the leadership of executive and artistic director Rob Gibson, whose jazz creds include Jazz at Lincoln Center, it’s jazz that reaches most deeply into the fabric of Savannah. Concerts by such notables as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Eddie Palmieri, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Christian McBride, Taj Mahal, Cyrus Chestnut, Catherine Russell and Charenee Wade lit up the night at the 2014 Festival, with a fine scattering of matinees from Branford Marsalis, Christian Sands, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Aaron Diehl, McBride and Salvant.

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