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Swing Central Jazz Finale: New Orleans Swing Time

3aprSwing Central Jazz Finale: New Orleans Swing Time

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Following performances by Swing Central Jazz finalist bands, join Marcus Roberts, the Bob Faircloth Associate Artistic Director, for a concert program dedicated to the birthplace of jazz: New Orleans. New Orleans Swing Time celebrates the contributions of some of the great New Orleans jazz musicians to modern jazz, starting with Jelly Roll Morton— the self proclaimed father of jazz and one of the most colorful characters in its history. You’ll hear works by Morton’s contemporary, Sydney Bechet, whose fiery personality and amazing sound on the clarinet and soprano saxophone is legendary.

No program celebrating “swing” would be complete without works by the incomparable Louis Armstrong, who taught the world how to swing nearly 100 years ago. Later, when Armstrong traveled to Chicago, he created one of the greatest musical partnerships in the history of jazz with the illustrious Earl “Fatha” Hines. This year’s Swing Central Jazz Finale will showcase the historic origins of jazz from the Crescent City with Marcus Roberts, dubbed “a genius of the modern piano” by Wynton Marsalis, at the helm.


(Friday) 6:30 pm


Lucas Theatre for the Arts

32 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401