(PRESS RELEASE)_June 7, 2023 (ATLANTA) — Accomplished jazz pianist, composer, arranger, educator, and producer Dr. Greg Satterthwaite announces his sophomore album release Savannah Blue, a blend of his Jamaican roots mixed with jazz classics and original compositions, out June 9, 2023.
The Savannah Blue tour will kick off in West Palm Beach, Fla. on June 21, 2023, with a free community concert at Palm Beach Lakes High School as part of the School District of Palm Beach County’s 29th Annual African, African American, and Caribbean Studies Summer Institute.
Satterthwaite’s album Savannah Blue features ensemble members Quentin Baxter (drummer), Delbert Felix (bassist), Rod Harris Jr. (guitarist), and Derrick James (saxophonist).
The 2023 South Arts Jazz Road Tours artist and University of Georgia jazz professor says: “I truly appreciate the opportunity to uplift, share, and build community through such a rich American art form, thus the album Savannah Blue is my contribution to sustaining the amazing art form known as jazz.”
Savannah Blue pulls from inspirations of Satterthwaite’s Jamaican heritage, his passion for honoring the great legacy of jazz music, and creating original compositions that represent sophistication, memorable melodies, tranquil harmonies, and gritty swing.
The title of the album pays homage to Savannah, Ga., where Satterthwaite found an abundance of arts & culture and the blue waters from the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, the name Savannah Blue was realized.
Through connecting with the phenomenal Savannah, Ga.-based native jazz bassist, Delbert Felix in 2022, Satterthwaite conducted his inaugural Savannah performance at Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant, marking his now-forever connection with the amazing city. The album’s title track “Savannah Blue” artistically signifies the musical journey of performing in Savannah with hard-hitting swing, and dynamic solos from band members.
Satterthwaite grew up in South Florida. Starting his first headlining tour in West Palm Beach, Fla. is very sentimental to him—where his musical journey began—and ending the tour in the Metro Atlanta area, where he now resides, is a full circle moment. He is connecting the dots of performing in West Palm Beach, Fla. for the school district he graduated from (School District of Palm Beach County – A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts). There, he hopes to be able to perform for students, teachers, and community members that have never seen him perform and reflect the impact of a quality arts education on a student’s life.
The next stop on the tour will be in Savannah, Ga. at Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant. This is an important stop on the tour due to the opportunity to perform two consecutive nights at a reputable and notable jazz venue. Patrons from all over the country visit historic Savannah, Ga. and support this venue due to its commitment to offer live, high quality, excellent jazz music.
The tour will end with a performance at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta, Ga. The tour choices represent a full-circle journey for him and his path as an artist.
South Arts Jazz Road Tours are made possible with funds from the Doris Duke Foundation with additional support from the Mellon Foundation.
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