This event is always an informative and enjoyable time for luthiers of all skill levels and interests, and we are honored to have Damon representing Benedetto and our high level of craftsmanship.
(Photo borrowed from Galloup from a past seminar. We’ll be sure to share the updated photo that includes Damon as soon as it’s made available!)
2017 marks the 36th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival, the Lowcountry’s only entirely free week-long music festival featuring regional and national wordclass jazz. Sponsored by the City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Department and others Including Miner Family Wines, The Marymor Family Foundation, and others, the festival takes place in venues around Savannah, culminating with three days in Savannah’s historic Forsyth Park September 17 – 23.
This year’s featured headliners include jazz legend Wycliff Gordon, blues superstars Selwyn Birchwood and Victor Wainwright, intrepid jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford, Javon Jackson, and the Palmetto Latin Jazz Band. A special treat this year on the traditional Monday evening movie night features the premiere of the Ben Tucker Documentary on the Savannah jazz legend’s life at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s historic Lucas Theater.
Let’s get one thing straight: Joe Negri is no handyman.
“Fred said, ‘Joe, how would you like to be Handyman Negri?’”
“I said, ‘You gotta be kidding. I can’t hammer a nail straight!’”
“He said, ‘That’s OK. It’s all pretend.’”
For 35 years, Mr. Negri appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” as Handyman Negri. Just as Fred Rogers had said, his lack of repair skills never hampered him in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. But his jazzy guitar licks certainly came in handy when he played with guests Wynton Marsalis, Mabel Mercer, Tony Bennett and Yo-Yo Ma and with the rest of the TV show’s quartet — musical director Johnny Costa on piano, Carl McVicker Jr. on bass and Bobby Rawsthorne on drums.
Also, don’t miss the Jazz Cabaret at St. Barnabas: Celebrating Joe Negri
When: 7 p.m. Aug. 11
Where: Kean Theatre
5847 Meridian Road, Richland (15044)
Tickets: $15 at 435-222-2849
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