Throughout the month of May, the City of Atlanta will celebrate the 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Armed with the theme “Generation Next,” the festival will showcase some of the most innovative, up-and-coming artists like José James, Gretchen Parlato, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dominick Farinacci, Aaron Diehl, Tia Fuller, Jacob Deaton, Julie Dexter and Ambrose Akinsurire.
The festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization whose mission is to educate and entertain a diverse audience of jazz fans and to nurture the next generation of jazz musicians.
The festivals organizers are also excited to introduce new artists like Alexandra Jackson and give youth jazz bands their first big break.
The festival is slated to begin on May 1 and will conclude with three days of music over Memorial Day Weekend. Audiences will enjoy concerts in clubs, museums and parks throughout the city of Atlanta. The festival will feature various types of jazz ranging from Latin jazz to swing to traditional straight-ahead and even Afro-Cuban jazz enlivened with neo-soul and R&B.
Concerts and activities for this year’s festival include 31 Days of Jazz, Neighborhood Jazz Series, Concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre with special guest Chrisette Michele, Late Night Jazz Concert featuring Dionne Farris with The Russell Gunn Quartet, Youth Jazz Band Competition, AJF36 at Piedmont Park starring Rudresh Mahanthappa, Uri Gurvich, Aruán Ortiz, Ginou, Rio Negro, Miguel Zenón and Cécile McLorin Salvant and Jazz Education Workshops.
For more information about the festival, visit www.atlantafestivals.com.