(SAVANNAH, GA) The 5th Annual Play It Forward Concert, hosted by Georgia Coastal Area Rotary Clubs, will be Saturday, May 31, at The Ships of the Sea Museum from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Rob Gibson, the Executive & Artistic Director at Savannah Music Festival, will be the emcee for this jazz concert tribute for the late Ben Tucker.
The Play It Forward Concert line up will feature singers Huxie Scott, Claire Fraiser, and Roger Moss, along with musicians Howard Paul on guitar, Billy Hoffman on drums, Mitch Hennes on bass, Bob Alberti on the piano, Teddy Adams on trombone, and Jody Espina on the saxophone.
Festivities include a silent wine auction, for which sponsoring Rotaries will be soliciting donations of wine on or before May 23. There will also be food, beer and wine for attendees to enjoy. Music will start at 4:30 p.m. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Coastal Georgia Center will be provided to alleviate problems with parking.
The Play It Forward Concert is a jazz concert tribute for Benjamin M. “Ben” Tucker, an American jazz bassist, who played on albums by Art Pepper, Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Hank Crawford, Junior Mance, and Herbie Mann. His home was Savannah, GA. Tucker wrote the original instrumental version of the song “Comin’ Home Baby!”, first issued on the album “Two Feet in the Gutter”. He died on June 4, 2013.
The concert is a collaborative fundraising effort of the Georgia Coastal Area Rotary Clubs, including: West Chatham, Savannah, Savannah East, Savannah Sunrise, Savannah West, Metro, and Skidaway Island. The Coastal Bank is also supporting the Play It Forward Concert as a title sponsor.
Over the past 4 years, the annual concert has raised funds for the Rotary Foundation and rotary initiatives. The Savannah Rotary pledges that eighty percent (80%) of their funds raised this year will go toward the Centennial playground project and twenty percent (20%) will go to the Rotary Foundation. The other participating Rotary clubs pledge funds to the Rotary Foundation, local programs and charities.