Call for Volunteers!

 36th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival, presented by Coastal Jazz Association, September 17-23, 2017 

To volunteer: sign up here!

Volunteer Needs:
Wristband & Beverage Ticket Sales
Membership & Merchandise Sales
Beer & Wine Beverage Serving
Artist’s Green Room Supervision & Assistance
Savannah Jazz Festival is week-long FREE festival run entirely by volunteers.  There are shows throughout the city during the week, culminating in Forsyth Park Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday during the day and the evening. Volunteer to be a part of this one-of-a-kind community event!



Welcome to The Coastal Jazz Association!

CJA is committed to perpetuating Jazz by:

Offering performance opportunities for local, regional, national and international Jazz musicians. This includes the week-long free Savannah Jazz Festival every September.

Providing a venue for big band concerts.

Nurturing the next generation of Jazz musicians and enthusiasts by active educational and live performance programs.

Publishing the monthly jazz newsletter ‘Noteworthy’ which includes local, regional and national jazz news.

Broadcasting a weekly jazz radio program on WHCJ 90.3 FM to showcase the various jazz artists and styles of jazz.

Networking with other cultural arts organizations to expose larger numbers of people to jazz music of various styles.

America’s indigenous art form of jazz music is like no other.  It has been uniting all races, all cultures, and all creeds since its dawn in the late nineteenth century. The unification of cultures through jazz music is the root of the Coastal Jazz Association’s mission.

Founded in 1981 by a group of local jazz lovers, The Coastal Jazz Association has been promoting and supporting jazz music and musicians through an all-volunteer non-profit organization, fostering and bringing world-class jazz music to Savannah. The history of jazz in Savannah is as rich as, and developed concurrently with, that of New Orleans, although it has perpetuated a decidedly more sea-island sound.

Read “United We Jazz” by Paula Fogarty

Jazz greats have been nurtured in Savannah since its inception at the turn of the nineteenth century including Louis Armstrong’s mentor, Joe “King” Oliver, Johnny Mercer, Jabbo Smith, ben Tucker, Ken Palmer, Huxsie Scott, Irene Reid, Willie Draper, Teddy Adams, and many others.  Savannah’s jazz scene has been perpetuated by the Coastal Jazz Association since its inception, providing scholarships to the next generation of jazz musicians and in the form of monthly concerts for the community and our signature event, The Savannah Jazz Festival, which is the Lowcountry’s only week-long entirely free festival, in the spirit of uniting all cultures through jazz music.

The Savannah Jazz Festival — The Lowcountry’s Only Free Music Festival, Uniting all Cultures for 35 Years!

Produced and orchestrated by the Coastal Jazz Association for 35 years, the Savannah Jazz Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs — a free week-long program taking place in venues throughout the city, culminating in three days in Forsyth Park, and traditional ‘after-hours’ jam sessions around town.