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A crash course in this week's concerts in Savannah
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The Charlie Daniels Band will perform a free concert in Forsyth Park this week.

Here’s a roundup of several other notable events this weekend in the Savannah music world:

The Charlie Daniels Band/Little Big Town

At 8:15 p.m. Friday, April 20

Forsyth Park Bandshell


Liberty Mutual Insurance’s “Legends of Golf” tour is in town through Sunday, and this concert – “a free gift for the community” – is part of the package. The 75–year–old Charlie Daniels is, of course, one of the few living legends of Southern Rock, with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” a tune that still resonates for a lot of folks, even if the jingoism of “The South’s Gonna Do It,” “In America” and his other long–ago hits has probably faded from collective memory. The Alabaman Little Big Town is one of those ubiquitous mixed–sex country bands that sprung up weed–like over the last decade or so; their biggest hit was “Bring it On Home” in 2006.

Laurence Juber

At 8 p.m. Friday, April 20

Randy Wood Guitars, Bloomingdale


A finger–style acoustic guitar virtuoso, Juber has won a couple of Grammys, released two well–received CDs of Beatles interpretations, scored a film or two, and wrote the music for musical theater adaptations of Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch (to be fair, the late Sherwood Schwartz, creator of those hoary old TV comedies, was Juber’s father–in–law). Juber is best known as the lead guitarist in the very last incarnation of Paul McCartney’s Wings (1978–81). We asked him, via e–mail, about his solo show: “I do some Beatles, Wings (‘Live & Let Die’), ‘great American songbook’, pop songs, originals, stories, humor,” he says. “It’s an entertaining and dynamic pop show, not a recital. Typically, I don’t sing, although once in a while I might do something as an encore. And I tend to keep the music theatre stuff separate from the guitar repertoire.”

The Rites of Swing

At 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22

AASU Fine Arts Auditorium


Saxophonist Eddie Pizant solos with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra at the group’s 26th annual springtime tribute to the great Duke Ellington. A Savannah native, and a member of the Coastal Jazz Association Hall of Fame, he nevertheless grew up in Beaufort, S.C., where he helped charter the Beaufort Express Band. Did we mention that Pizant spent 11 years playing sax in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra? Or that he actually gigged with Billie Holiday ... and is a 20-year member of New York’s Cotton Club Orchestra? The 16–piece Savannah Jazz Orchestra, led by trombonist Teddy Adams, includes most (if not all) of the area’s finest freelance jazz players. Priscilla Albergottie-Williams is on vocals. As for tonight’s honoree, Adams once raved in these very pages: “Duke Ellington was the consummate musician. Most folks think of him as a famous band leader, but he is really underrated as a pianist. He was actually the main influence on Thelonious Monk, and a lot of people don’t know anything about that. Additionally, he is one of our greatest composers.”

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