The 32nd annual Savannah Jazz Festival begins on Sunday, Sept. 22 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 28.
The joyous celebration of jazz (with some blues too) will be tempered to some degree this year by remembrances and honors for Ben Tucker, the legendary Savannah bassist and all around good guy who died tragically in June.
His funeral turned into a huge News Orleans-style second line celebration. I posted many photographs of the procession on Savannah Unplugged.
A few tips about enjoying the Savannah Jazz Festival:
- Don’t forget about the opening night jam session, which is typically one of the highlights of the week even though not all that many people turn out.
- Blues night is often the most fun time of the three nights in the park, with the smallest crowd.
- For those gigs in Forsyth, you can almost always sit closer than you think you can. Bring chairs or blankets, food and drink (with plastic cups).
I don’t know quite how well the early week events will work under the tent in the parking lot at Habersham Village, but it’s an interesting choice adjacent to a number of restaurants.
Click here for DoSavannah’s coverage. Click here for a revealing piece about Tom Scott in Connect Savannah. Scott’s incredible resume includes work with Joni Mitchell. Click here for more information about the various acts in the latest Coastal Jazz Association newsletter.
The full schedule is after the jump.