The Soul of Savannah

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Huxie Scott at the Savannah Theatre

Huxie Scott is the soul of Savannah, as evidenced by the songs she performed in Savannah’s heart, the Savannah Theatre. Billed as the oldest theatre in the United States, it was a fitting venue for a concert of the Great American Songbook, those wonderful tunes from the 30s, 40s and 50s that define American music.

From 2002-2005, Scott was a fixture at the Savannah Theatre, as the featured vocalist in two productions, Lost in the 50s and Jukebox Journey. She was inducted into the Savannah Tribune’s Gospel Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame in 2005. Now a great-grandmother, Scott has lost none of her power to deliver rousing renditions of jazz and gospel music. One of her grand-daughters also delivered a very fine performance at the show, held in February 2013.

The original Savannah TheatreThe original Savannah TheatreThe Theatre itself is one of the city’s most notable landmarks. First built in 1818, the original building is shown in a photo with this article. It lasted until a fire of 1906, so the current theatre dates from that era. It was turned into a movie theatre, and showed the first talking picture (Jolson’s Jazz Singer) in 1928.

Live performances resumed at the theatre in the 1980s, and it is now a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike.

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The Savannah Theatre todayThe Savannah Theatre todayPhoto of Huxie Scott and the Savannah Theatre by Cliff Cunningham.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clifford Cunningham

Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist currently affiliated with the National Astronomical Research Institute. He did his PhD work in the history of astronomy at James Cook University, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. He is the author of 12 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honour by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1990.

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