40th Savannah Jazz Festival Announces Venue Change in 2021 | Music | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music
In response to the City of Savannah’s immediate moratorium on large outdoor events to mitigate the spread of COVID, the Savannah Jazz Festival has announced that it will host its second consecutive safety jazz festival.
Organizers say the alternative venue, which will be in Savannah Station, is designed to serve the dual purpose of bringing world-class jazz and blues to the city of Savannah for free while adhering to guidelines for promoting health and safety of our musicians. , participants, sponsors and suppliers.
Festival Director Paula Fogarty said: “In our planning for 2021, we have been vigilant in preparing for both the best and the worst-case scenario and have remained fully responsive to the need for flexibility in event planning. publicly funded during this pandemic. We will announce how the public will be able to access the free tickets (in limited numbers) on our website in the coming days. Our intention is to adhere to state, city and CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the production of the event. ”
Fogarty explains, “We were prepared for another wave of the COVID-19 virus and planned accordingly in partnership with the city from the early days of creating our contract with the city. We are 100% dedicated to bringing world class blues and jazz music to the world. We will be moving to Savannah Station and soon be giving out raffle tickets to people to win tickets to our free festival to be fair for all. Tickets and seating numbers are yet to be determined, so I encourage everyone to visit our Savannah Jazz Festival website and Facebook and Instagram pages. “
Last year’s live-broadcast festival reached over 175,000 people around the world, delivering live performances to the largest audience in the festival’s history.
“As the anticipation for a live festival this year has been greater than ever, applaud and support the mayor’s decisions to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are ready to keep playing music and encourage everyone to tune in or win tickets to the shows that will be available soon on savannahjazz.org.
Organizers stress that with limited attendance services will be limited, but attendees will still be able to enjoy food trucks, a full bar, and world-class performances featuring several Grammy-winning artists.
This year’s headliners include Charleston-based Grammy Award-winning Ranky Tanky, accompanied by Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame member Quentin Baxter on drums. Their timeless music originated from the Gullah culture of the sea islands of this region. Their self-titled debut album rose to number one on the Billboard, Amazon and iTunes Jazz charts.
Jazz bass legend John Lee will appear with special guest and Grammy-winning pianist Lawrence Hobgood. Lee, a legendary American jazz bassist and Grammy Award-winning producer began his career in 1970 and has worked with jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, James Moody, Aretha Franklin, Gregory Hines , among others. .
Hobgood’s CD “When the Heart Dances”, a duet recording with iconic bassist Charlie Haden, has received worldwide acclaim and received 4-star reviews.