The 2012 Atlanta Jazz Festival begins May 1, and the city is partnering with parks, restaurants, clubs and venues around Atlanta to host jazz-related events. Headline performances will be May 26-28 at Piedmont Park.
“We are renaming May this year and we’ll call it ’31 Days of Jazz’,” said Camille Russell Love, director of the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. “We’ve got something for everyone, from the soulful sounds of the Mose Davis Trio at Sun Dial, to spicy Latin jazz at Fiesta Atlanta in Centennial Park, to legendary pianist Johnny O’Neal at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. We hope that people will get out and explore some new hot spots and eateries around the city, and truly get into the community spirit of the festival.”
While out at the various venues, festival-goers can pick up a brochure and enter the Passport Program contest. The grand prize includes a two-night stay at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, dinner for two at one of the festival restaurant partners, a commemorative T-shirt and poster, and a special VIP Experience for two at the festival in Piedmont Park.
Many of the events are free, but some are ticketed and there is an admission charge. For a complete listing of events for “31 Days of Jazz” and the performance schedule in Piedmont Park, visit www.atlantafestivals.com.
May 1 Rialto Center for the Arts Rialto Jazz for Kids JazzFest, 6 p.m.
May 2 Underground Atlanta Eat Street! Food Truck Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 4 Atlanta City Hall Lunchtime Jazz in the Atrium, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 5 Clark Atlanta University CAU’s Jazz Under The Stars featuring Rachelle Ferrell, 7-10 p.m.
May 6 Centennial Park Fiesta Atlanta – Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
May 7 Café 290 Jazz featuring Joe Gransden, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
May 9 Sun Dial Restaurant Live Jazz featuring the Mose Davis Trio, 7-11 p.m.
May 11 Fernbank Museum Martinis & IMAX featuring the Derryl Rivers Band, 6:30-11 p.m.
May 12 Hammonds House Museum Jazz in the Garden featuring the Lucky Street Band, 7-10 p.m.
May 13 Acoustix Jazz Restaurant Jazzbeat Sunday featuring Eric Essix, 7:30 p.m.
May 18 High Museum of Art Friday Jazz featuring Takana Miyamoto, 5 p.m.-midnight
May 19 Perkerson Park Neighborhood Jazz at Perkerson Park, 2-6 p.m.
May 20 Justin’s Restaurant Jazzing with Justin’s, 7 p.m.
May 21 Sweet Georgia ‘s Juke Joint All Jazzed Up, 6:30 p.m.
May 22 Briza Restaurant Live Jazz @ Renaissance Atlanta Midtown
May 23 Peachtree Center Groovin at Noon, 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
May 24 Loews Atlanta Hotel Live @ Loews featuring Ojeda Penn, 8 -10p.m.
May 25 Loews Atlanta Hotel AJF Kickoff Cabaret featuring Johnny O’Neal, 7-10 p.m.
May 26 Piedmont Park Live Jazz on two stages, 1-11 p.m.
May 27 Piedmont Park Live Jazz on two stages, 1-11 p.m.
May 27 Loews Atlanta Hotel Late Night Jazz Jam hosted by Jason Orr, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
May 28 Piedmont Park Live Jazz on two stages, 1-11 p.m.
May 29 Arizona’s Steak House Jazzy Tuesday Night, 7:30 p.m.
May 31 Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Jazz at the Airport, 5-7 p.m.