Savannah's own Fabulous Equinox Orchestra is coming up in the world.

The 20-piece big band, which includes saxophonist/band leader Jeremy Davis and singer Clay Johnson, recently returned to Savannah from its New York debut at the Chautauqua Institution.

"It was really a hit," Davis says.

"They've been running the Chautauqua Institution for 150 years. They have a lecture series on the side of a mountain set in beautiful cedar and oak forests.

About 170,000 people pass through during the summers, and it's not unusual to have 5,000 people for a morning lecture.

"By show time, I had met Sandra Day O'Connor and Thomas Edison's great-great-grandson," he says. "They loved the show, which ended with a standing ovation and encore - and another standing ovation."

Now the orchestra will play Savannah on Aug. 30 at the Charles H. Morris Center.

"It's been a while since we've done a full-on big band show in Savannah," Davis says.

"This is our first time at the Morris Center. We've seen many, many great shows there for the Savannah Music Festival."

For the first time, the orchestra's concert will be streamed live on the Internet.

"We're going to shoot it live like a television show so fans over the globe will be able to watch our show from lovely Savannah, Ga.," Davis says.

The live stream will be directed by Brian Williams of Brian Williams Television - not to be confused with the news anchor.

"He's won nine Emmys," Davis says. "He's brilliant.


What: Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra in concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30; VIP reception at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St.

Cost: $35 general admission, $50 VIP, available at

Info: 912-547-3196

"He's directed the streaming broadcasts from Wimbledon, the British Open, the Masters and Christmas from Rockefeller Center for years.

"He's lending his brilliance to this production. We've never done anything like that."

The show will feature all types of music.

"It's going to be our most ambitious show to date in Savannah," Davis says.

"I literally have thousands of arrangements. 'The Great American Songbook' has so many wonderful songs."

The venue is perfect for the concert, Davis says.

"The Morris Center is not like a stadium or civic center venue," he says. "Everybody can see the eyes of the singer.

"We're going to have a dance floor this time. A lot of people love to watch the show, and a lot love to dance.

"We've got a great dance space," Davis says. "People are coming from Sea Island, Jacksonville, all over Savannah and Hilton Head who love to dance."

The band has been touring consistently.

"We were in Austin, Nashville, up in Durham, N.C., at an arts conference," Davis says.

"We have shows booked all over the Lowcountry, all the way to the Midwest.

"We recently did a tour of 12 straight theaters in Louisiana.

"We've been to California and did a big show in Aspen," he says. "We're getting a lot more road time and more diverse audiences."

The orchestra's popularity is soaring.

"The show is getting better and better," Davis says. "Even if you've seen it before, you'll see something new.

"We want to invite people who love music to come out and give it a try.

"We'll have original music and classics."

Of particular interest to Savannahians, Davis has unearthed a little-known Johnny Mercer song.

"It's called 'Lucky to Be Alive,'" he says. "We have the only big band arrangement of it in the world.

"The only recording I've ever heard was Johnny singing it," Davis says.

"We had an arranger turn it into something special and we're going to do it in the show.

"People always enjoy hearing the history of that song. We're going to do one big, roaring set of music."