Savannah Jazz Festival 2021: The Shawn Purcell Quintet

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Shawn Purcell Quintet kicked off day two of the Savannah Jazz Fest. Purcell, originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Is a Washington DC area jazz guitarist, educator, arranger and songwriter.

The proud Benedetto Guitars artist has shared the stage with Terell Stafford, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Sean Jones, Brian Charette, Regina Carter, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and many more.

Purcell can be heard on over 30 recordings, including “The Whirl” by Chip McNeill, “Heads Up!” by Steve Fidyk. and Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra’s “Allied Forces” and Prime Time, with Doc Severinsen.

Purcell spent over 17 years as a member of the military big bands in Washington DC. From 1996 to 2004, he was the guitarist of the US Air Force jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. During his stint with “The Note”, Purcell has performed around the world, including England, Germany, Turkey, Luxembourg, Azores, Belgium, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates. , Italy, Kuwait and Bahrain.

He is currently the guitarist of the US Navy Band, Washington DC-based Jazz Ensemble “Commodores”.


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