The Savannah Jazz Festival once again this year will be making good use of the tented outdoor patio at Blowin’ Smoke on MLK, with shows Sunday 9/23 through Wednesday 9/26, and then late night jam sessions Thursday through Saturday.

Produced by the Coastal Jazz Association, the festival then moves to Forsyth Park as usual for blues night on Thursday 9/27 and stays in the park through the weekend.

Here’s the full lineup from the SJF website:

31ST SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 23RD THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH

SUNDAY 9/23

Blowin’ Smoke, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd
5PM Teddy Adams’ Opening Night Jam Session

Sponsored by: Portman’s Music Super Store

MONDAY 9/24

Blowin’ Smoke, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd
8PM Jazz Festival Film: “In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland”
Special Appearance by film Producer & Director James “Huey” Coleman Jr.

Sponsored by: Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah

TUESDAY 9/25

Blowin’ Smoke, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd
7PM The Jody Espina Quartet with Special Guest Claire Fraiser
featuring Howard Paul, Delbert Felix and Billy Hoffman

WEDNESDAY 9/26

Blowin’ Smoke, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd
7PM Bob Mastellar & The Jazz Corner All Stars
8:30PM Swing ’42 (Gypsy Jazz from Columbia SC)

THURSDAY 9/27

Blues Night at Forsyth Park

6:30PM Amburgey & Hanson
7:10PM SSU Gospel Choir
8:15PM Eric Culberson Band
9:30PM Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials
11PM Late night jam at Blowin’ Smoke, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd

FRIDAY 9/28

Forsyth Park
7PM Doc Handy Band
8:15PM Jay Stewart Band
9:30PM University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble #1 w/vibraphone legend Warren Chiasson
11PM Late night jam at Blowin’ Smoke, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd

SATURDAY 9/29

Forsyth Park

4PM US Navy Band Southeast Dixieland Band “TGIF”
5:45PM Jazz Hall Of Fame w/Ben Tucker, Teddy Adams, Huxie Scott, and Howard Paul. Guest Artists: Warren Chiasson & Quentin Baxter
7PM Andreas Varady Quartet w/Scott Gidden, Delbert Felix and Pete Miles – Sponsored by Miner Wines & Benedetto Guitars
8:15PM Tony Monaco B3 Trio – Sponsored by Miner Wines & Benedetto Guitars
9:30PM Savannah Jazz Orchestra featuring sax greats Ed Calle & Sam Skelton – Sponsored by Jody Jazz Mouthpieces
11PM Late night jam at Blowin’ Smoke, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd

SUNDAY 9/30

Children’s Jazz Fest at Forsyth Park – Sponsored by Magic Marc Dunston and Portman’s Music Super Store

4PM Savannah Arts Academy Skylite Orchestra
5PM Savannah County Day School Jazz Band
6Pm CJA All Stars

Here’s almost 10 minutes of Tony Monaco, who will be performing on Saturday:


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