Legendary composer, arranger and musician Tom Scott, whose saxophone sound was a hallmark of many classic 1970s and ‘80s jazz and rock recordings, will headline the 2013 Savannah Jazz Festival Sept. 28 in Forsyth Park.
The 32nd annual festival is scheduled for Sept. 22-28 at various local venues; all events are free.
Scott and his pioneering fusion band, the L.A. Express, backed Joni Mitchell during her jazz-influenced commercial heyday (Court and Spark, Miles of Aisles); Scott made significant contributions to records by Carole King (“Jazzman”), George Harrison (“Dark Horse”), Steely Dan (Aja), Paul McCartney (“Listen to What the Man Said”) and Whitney Houston (“Saving All My Love For You”).
His other A-list session work includes Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Blondie and the Blues Brothers. Scott will direct and solo on a Big Band set with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra.
For the complete schedule, see www.savannahjazzfestival.org.