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Week-long jazz festival begins Sunday
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Schedule of events for Savannah Jazz Festival

Sept. 20 Blowin’ Smoke
5 p.m. Kick-off Jam Session

Sept. 21 Blowin’ Smoke
7:00 p.m. Film (Directed by-Hannah Rothschild): “The Jazz Baroness”

Sept. 22 Blowin’ Smoke
7 p.m.-Howard Paul

Sept. 23 Armstrong Atlantic State University
7 p.m. International Groove Conspiracy
8 p.m. The FlyCats
9 p.m. Longineu Parsons & Flight of the Vultures

Sept. 24 Forsyth Park
7 p.m. Eric Culberson Blues Band
8:15 p.m. Shane Pruitt Group
9:30 p.m. Mose Allison-with Ben Tucker

Sept. 25 Forsyth Park
7 p.m. Savannah Arts Academy SkyeLite Jazz Band
8:15 p.m. Groove 8
9:30 p.m. The University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of JB Scott, featuring  Ed Calle
11 p.m.  After Festival Jam Session at Blowin' Smoke

Sept. 26 Forsyth Park
3 p.m. The Jazz Corner All-Stars
4:15 p.m. J.B. Scott's Swingin' All-stars
5:30 p.m. The CJA Hall of Fame All-Stars
7 p.m. Grace Kelly
8:15 p.m. Ben Riley Trio-featuring guitarist Jim Hall
9:30 p.m. The Savannah Jazz Orchestra featuring Doug Carn with Oliver Nelson Jr.-Conducting
11 p.m. After Festival Jam Session at Blowin' Smoke

Savannah Youth Jazz Festival
Sept. 27 Forsyth Park

4 p.m. Savannah Arts Academy SkyeLite Jazz Band
5 p.m. Coastal Jazz Association All-Stars

The 2009 28th Savannah Jazz Festival, celebrating jazz as a living art form, built on a constantly evolving tradition, will offer all types of jazz, from Dixieland, traditional swing, straight-ahead and bop to melodic standards and funky down-home “gutbucket” blues.

The festival boasts  the best in international, national, regional and local jazz talent. Sponsored by the City of Savannah, the festival is free and open to the public. Food and drink vendors will be on-site.  

The festival will be held in various venues in Savannah, and Thursday-Sunday performances will be in Forsyth Park.

The 2009 festival will feature (among others), Mose Allison, Grace Kelly, Ben Riley Trio featuring  guitarist Jim Hall, Savannah Jazz Orchestra with Oliver Nelson Jr. Conducting and featuring  Doug Carn, University of North Florida featuring  Ed Calle, Longineu Parsons and Flight of the Vultures,  The FlyCats, International Groove Conspiracy, Howard Paul, Ben Tucker, Teddy Adams, Huxsie Scott, Shane Pruitt Group, Savannah Arts Academy Jazz Band, The Jazz Corner All-Stars Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars, and J.B. Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars.  

For more information call (912) 675-5419 or go to the Web site

An after festival barbecue jam session will be held at Blowin’ Smoke restaurant.

The Coastal Jazz Association expressed its appreciation to  the City of Savannah  Department of Cultural Affairs  for providing major funding for the Savannah Jazz Festival.