Savannah Jazz Festival announces 2013 lineup, new venues

The 2013 Savannah Jazz Festival is coming fast and the detailed schedule has now been released. Here’s the info in the press release:

September 22-28, 2013
Sponsored In Part by the City of Savannah
All Events Are Free and Open to the Public

Habersham Village Shops
61st & Habersham Street

September 22 (sponsored by Sweet Frog, Portman’s Music & Stagefront Sound)
2PM Savannah Country Day School Jazz Ensemble
3PM Savannah Arts Academy Skylite Orchestra
4PM Armstrong Atlantic State University Jazz Ensemble
5PM-8PM Jam Session Kickoff Featuring Teddy Adams & Jazz Allstars

September 23 (Sponsored by Sweet Frog)
7:30-9:30PM Jazz At The Movies w/Jody Espina & Tricycle (silent film)

September 24 (Sponsored by Sweet Frog)
6:30-9PM Eric Jones Quartet

September 25 (Sponsored by Sweet Frog)
6PM Velvet Caravan
7:30PM Bob Masteller & The Jazz Corner Allstars

Forsyth Park
Main Stage at Gwinnet & Drayton Streets
(Sponsored in part by Capitol A Sound)

September 26 Blues Night (Thursday)
6-6:45PM Savannah State University Gospel Choir
7-8PM Eric Culberson Band
8:15-9:15PM E.G. Kight (Sponsored by Seacrest Partners)
9:30-10:45PM Watermelon Slim & The Workers

September 27 (Friday)
6-6:45PM Robin Sherman Quartet
7-8PM UNF Jazz Ensemble featuring Alon Yavnai (Sponsored by Melaver Foundation)
8:15-9:15PM The Greg Lewis Trio (Sponsored by International Paper)
9:30-10:45 Jeremy Davis & The Equinox Orchestra (Sponsored by Tate Law Firm)

September 28 (Saturday)
4:30-5:30PM Charleston Latin Jazz Collective
6:45-7:45PM The Savannah/CJA Hall Of Fame
7-8PM Doug & Jean Carn Quartet
8:15-9:15PM The Joey DeFrancisco Trio (Sponsored by Magic Marc/The Magic Puppet)
9:30-10:45 Tom Scott with The Savannah Jazz Orchestra (Sponsored by Miner Family Winery)

Late Night Jam Sessions 11PM Sept 26-28 at ROSE Public House, Broughton Street

Blowin’ Smoke’s move from MLK to Habersham Street has necessitated a different venue for the jam sessions and for the weeknight events.

ROSE Public House is the current restaurant that occupies the old City Lights Theatre space on Broughton Street. It’s a comfortable, relatively spacious room — it seems a promising spot for the latenight jams.

I don’t yet know details on how Habersham Village will be used for those weeknight shows. There are a number of pleasant spots to get food and drinks in Habersham Village, but I’m assuming the gigs will be in the parking lot. But how will that affect parking? And what will be done in terms of seating?

The shows Sunday through Wednesday in Habersham Village will be in a tent in the parking lot. I don’t know how many of those spaces the festival will take up, so it’s a little hard to say how well that will work, but I’m sure the music will be excellent.

Here’s a taste of saxophonist Tom Scott, who is performing with The Savannah Jazz Orchestra in the headline slot on Saturday night in Forsyth:

And a taste of Watermelon Slim, the headliner on Blues Night on Thursday: