Savannah Serenaders have been
founded in 1986 by Roberto Meroni with the aim to enliven the
warhorses of the earlier big bands of the Classic Jazz era.
The intriguing music of the outfits fronted by King Oliver,
Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Jean Goldkette and Bennie
Moten, along with the McKinney's Cotton Pickers,
has then supplied the Savannah Serenaders with their catchy
Roberto Meroni, himself a professional musician, director and
arranger, transcribed carefully the original scores through hours
of critical listening of the original recordings and then led his
musicians into the fascinating job of recreating both the sound
and the spirit of those masterpieces.
His passionate and yet patient work turned out into really living
scores, not mere carbon copies, of the great classics such as,
for instance, Sugar Foot Stomp, Wa Wa Wa, Sidewalk Blues, The
Chant or I've Found A New Baby.
During these twenty years, the roster of the Savannah Serenaders always included skilled
musicians with that special attitude to Classic Jazz, a must to
play with the right spirit, mood and drive just like if eight
decades were not dividing them from those unforgettable
Among the first and the best bands in Europe that choose to
present a philological repertoire, the Savannah Serenaders played countless
concerts for every kind of public and, of course, have
participated also to many Jazz festivals such as Ascona (CH),
Avigliana (I), St. Raphael (F), Miasino (I), Legnano (I).
YouTube several live video clips are
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