Festival Friday Radio is a new weekly blog series in which we share playlists for your listening pleasure. While you wait for the 2017 Festival to begin, tune in every Friday to hear these hand-selected lists that include top 10 songs by 2017 Spoleto Festival USA musicians, or an exclusive artist-curated playlist. 

Since 1977, jazz has been a major component of Spoleto Festival USA’s programming. The tradition that started with performances by state university jazz bands has grown into the Wells Fargo Jazz series which brings celebrated jazz titans, as well as newer artists who are at the forefront of jazz advancement. Over the past 40 years, Spoleto Festival USA has been fortunate enough to share the legendary talents of Ella Fitzgerald, Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Taj Mahal, and Ray Charles with Festival-goers.

With equal parts renowned and cutting-edge musicians, this season’s jazz offerings are no different. Tune in below to hear the unique sounds that each artist will be bringing to the Holy City this year; from the global grooves of the Charles Lloyd Quartet to the powerful vocals of Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Catch the Wells Fargo Jazz series all throughout the Festival:
Dee Dee Bridgewater—CLICK HERE for information and tickets
Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9—CLICK HERE for information and tickets
Charles Lloyd Quartet—CLICK HERE for information and tickets
Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road—CLICK HERE for information and tickets
Pedrito Martinez Group—CLICK HERE for information and tickets
Sofía Rei—CLICK HERE for information and tickets
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective—CLICK HERE for information and tickets