Ahead of the Savannah Jazz History and Hall of Fame Exhibit, opening in September, and the Savannah Jazz Festival, running Sept. 22-28, the Coastal Jazz Association has rebranded as Savannah Jazz, according to an Aug. 28 press release from Savannah Jazz.

The new name trumpets the importance of the city of Savannah’s past and continuing contributions to America’s art form of jazz music, the release read. The Savannah History Museum’s Savannah Jazz History and Hall of Fame Exhibit will tell the story of the city’s rich jazz history, which is as old New Orleans’ own jazz history.

With support of the city, Savannah Jazz will continue to produce the Savannah Jazz Festival, which is heading into its 38th year. The festival brings acclaimed jazz performances to one of the most diverse musical audiences in Savannah each year. Many of the festival’s performers are part of the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame.

“We have been the guiding force for jazz in Savannah since its near-death in the 1960s,” co-founder Teddy Adams said in the release. “When I returned from Asia in 1979, there were jazz musicians, but no place for us to play. So a few of us, including Ben Tucker, Randall Reese, Tom Glaser and Ken Palmer, got together to do something about this and started the Telfair Jazz Society. This went on to become the Coastal Jazz Association in 1981.”

Both the Savannah Jazz Festival and the Coastal Jazz Association websites will merge into savannahjazz.org, where information and upcoming concerts, as well as ticket sales, can be found.

“With the growing size of our annual Savannah Jazz Festival, and the forthcoming exhibit on Savannah’s jazz history, it is time for our name to fully recognize Savannah’s important contributions to jazz,” Savannah Jazz Board President Howard Paul said.

Savannah Jazz will continue to be a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with the city, Coastal Heritage Society, corporate and individual sponsors, and members.