Festival returns in 2021

Savannah Jazz to reach largest audience in festival history

Grammy Award-winning Ranky Tanky gears up to headline the 2021 Savannah Jazz Festival this fall.
Get ready for another fun, free live event from Savannah Jazz as they announce the 40th annual Savannah Jazz Festival to be held Sept. 23-26 at Forsyth Park.

In partnership with the City of Savannah and WSAV, the event will feature 15 live performances, a movie and master classes delivered digitally to area classrooms.

“We are beyond grateful that the City and WSAV will continue their lead partnerships to deliver the 40th Savannah Jazz Festival, poised to reach our biggest audience ever,” said Paula Fogarty, Savannah Jazz interim executive director.

Due to the pandemic, last year’s festival was live streamed from Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, in front of a limited audience, reaching 175,000 people around the world. Savannah Jazz is prepared to relocate the festival, if necessary, from Forsyth Park to Savannah Station, in accordance with City guidelines. They will live stream the event again this year to reach the largest audience in festival history.

“Mayor Johnson will announce later this summer if we can gather again in Forsyth Park,” Fogarty said. “His leadership has kept Savannah safe for residents, businesses, and tourists during the height of the pandemic, but things look hopeful as many music concerts in arenas and stadiums are planned for Summer 2021.”

This year’s headliners include several legendary musicians like Grammy Award-winning Ranky Tanky, the Savannah Divas accompanied by the 17-piece Savannah Jazz Orchestra and guitar and vocal sensation Ana Popovic. The additional lineup includes many national and regional acts to entertain all who attend.

Savannah Jazz was born out of the Coastal Jazz Association, a grassroots non-profit organization formed in 1981 to help jazz thrive in Savannah by sponsoring live performances, encouraging jazz education, and fostering the camaraderie of others with shared interests. Savannah Jazz is responsible for the annual Savannah Jazz Festival, the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame, and the Savannah Jazz Orchestra.

Savannah Jazz’s mission is to deliver world-class music for free to a large and diverse listening audience. As a 501(c)3, Savannah Jazz is able to provide free music experiences and events through individual and corporate sponsorships.

For information and lineup updates, visit savannahjazz.org.

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