For 38 years, Savannah musicians have been gathering for a special Christmas Day celebration.
The Coastal Jazz Association's annual Christmas Concert: Jazz Yule Love has become a favorite tradition for musicians and listeners alike. This year's concert stars Teddy Adams, Howard Paul and Huxsie Scott.
"We have some returning students of mine who have gone on to be professional musicians, Alex Nguyen and Andre Murchison," Adams says. "They're coming in to play as guests.
"This year is the 38th annual Christmas Concert. It's a fundraiser sponsored by the Coastal Jazz Association for music scholarship to deserving music students enrolled at Savannah State, Armstrong or Georgia Southern."
Always held on Christmas, the concert features a variety of music.
"It's going to be a combination of straight-ahead jazz and Christmas music," Adams says. "We're going to dedicate a portion with Huxsie singing just Christmas songs that's going to be a special feature."
The concert is a celebration for many, including Savannah's mayors.
"Current Mayor Edna Jackson and former Mayor Otis Johnson have come nearly every year," Adams says.
"It's an annual event a lot of people look forward to. We encourage the support because it's a worthy cause, an educational fundraiser."
Skip Jennings is the president of the Coastal Jazz Association.
"This is a long-standing tradition we have," he says.
"This is something the local musicians' union used to do, then the tradition went away," Jennings says. "It was revived for the Coastal Jazz Association."
The concert also is a jam session.
"We have some of the best musicians in town that come, but we also benefit because of the musicians who are visiting for the holidays," he says.
"It's really a fun event," Jennings says. "It's held at 5 p.m. after everyone has long since opened their Christmas presents. It's something relaxing to do that is a complete change of pace."