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Mark your calendar: A jazz tribute to Dr. King

POSTED: January 4, 2012 9:29 p.m.
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The documentary "Gen Silent" screens Jan. 14 at the Jepson Center in Savannah.

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Trombonist Teddy Adams, who was on our cover just two issues back, will lead the Savannah Jazz Orchestra Tuesday, Jan. 10 for the 14th annual "A Musical Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

Also performing at the free event, held at the Jewish Educational Alliance on Abercorn Street, is the Savannah Arts Academy's Skyelite Jazz Band, under the baton of Terry Staten.

Adams' Jazz Orchestra co-director is Randall Reese, who plays flute and saxophone, and teaches in the music program at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

The concert begins at 7 p.m., with free desserts at intermission.

Scared and silent

Filmed in Boston over the course of a year, Gen Silent is a documentary that shines a light on the serious problems facing elderly members of the LGBT community: So afraid of discrimination, or worse, in long-term/health care, many go back into the closet.

Written and directed by Stu Maddox, Gen Silent will be screened Jan. 14 at the Jepson Center. It's part of the co-sponsorship agreement between the Telfair Museums and the Savannah Gay & Lesbian Film Society.

Consider these facts, according to Maddox: There are almost 38 million LGBT Americans over 65, or 12.6 percent of the population. This will nearly double by 2030.

Four out of five LGBT elders say that they don't trust the health care system.

Fifty percent of nursing home workers said their fellow workers would be intolerant of LGBT people.

Fifty percent of LGBT elders live alone, compared with 33 percent of the general population.

In 2011, Gen Silent won the Best Documentary audience award at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.
The 2 p.m. screening is free. For more, see sglfs.com.

Short takes

• The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra's second chamber music concert of the season takes place Jan. 21 at Skidaway Island Methodist Church. The 5 p.m. program includes trios by Donzinetti, Brahms and Loeillet, with flute, horn, bassoon, violin and piano. Tickets are $15 at savannahphilharmonic.org.

• Tickets are available now for the Feb. 13 Savannah debut of Leif Ove Andsnes, the Norwegian pianist called "one of the most gifted musicians of his generation" by the Wall Street Journal. The recital, at Wesley Monumental UMC, is an early present from the 2012 Savannah Music Festival. Tickets are $55 at the SMF website.

• Add another comedian to the lineup at the Johnny Mercer Theatre: That'd be singing country music parodist Rodney Carrington on Feb. 18. Tickets are $44.37 at etix.com.

 

 

 

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