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From International Superstars as Ahmad Jamal and Stanley Turrentine, to Local Legends as Jabbo Smith and Ben Tucker, to Rising Stars of Regional Schools, and Military Bands, The Savannah Jazz Festival has something for everyone!

Orchestrated by the Coastal Jazz Association for 36 years, the Savannah Jazz Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The Festival hosts both internationally acclaimed and regionally prominent artists, and always pays tribute to our region’s great military bands with their performances.

“We really provide a community service with this festival because it unites people of all color and class, improving our quality of life,” Coastal Jazz Association President, Howard Paul explains. Bringing diverse peoples together is a service we need now more than ever in these culturally divisive times.

Since this is a free festival, and the Coastal Jazz Association is an all-volunteer organization, it is impossible to thank the city of Savannah, and our corporate and individual sponsors enough. This family of supporters understands the value that uniting people through America’s unique art form called Jazz brings to our community.

Set in various venues throughout the Hostess City to reach as broad an audience as possible from Sunday through Tuesday, we bring it all home for three days in Forsyth Park. We throw in a movie night to move the rich narrative of the story of Jazz music, and open the Park shows with a Blues Night on Thursday in honor of one of the parents of Jazz.

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