Full Title: “34th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival to present finest in jazz and blues at no cost to listeners (via Savannah Now)”
“There’s good news and there’s bad news.
The good news is that the Coastal Jazz Association’s 34th annual Savannah Jazz Festival will last as long as it always has and will present top-notch talent throughout. The bad news is that only one day — Sept. 26 — will feature music in Forsyth Park.
“It just wasn’t feasible to put on the same level of festival when we’re just getting out of the red,” says festival co-founder Teddy Adams, a renowned trombonist. “We are going to do only one day in Forsyth Park, but the festival is still a week long and is still a high-caliber festival.”
“The concept hasn’t changed,” Adams says. “It is still free and open to the public.”
The problem is a lack of funds.
“There’s no way of putting a happy face on it,” says Skip Jennings, Coastal Jazz Association president and longtime board member. “We were not able to raise enough money for three nights in Forsyth Park.“