“Atlanta is going to be alive with jazz throughout the entire month of May,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. “Neighborhood parks, museums, restaurants, clubs and even MARTA stations are going to be hosting musical performances and parties for this year’s ’31 Days of Jazz.’ We’ve got something for every musical taste…from mellow Friday afternoon concerts at Atlantic Station to the hip-hop and neo soul stylings of Dionne Farris and Russell Gunn at the Late Night Jazz Concert. We invite you to get out and explore the city, make some new friends, and be part of this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival.”
Here are some of the highlights of “31 Days of Jazz.” Many of the events are free, but some are ticketed and there is an admission charge. For more details visit our web site, www.atlantafestivals.com.
May 1 @ Centennial Olympic Park from 5:30-8 pm: Wednesday WindDown hosted by WRFG 89.3 FM featuring Alex Lattimore, the Terence Harper Quintet and the ATL Brass Connection. Free admission.
May 2 @ Café Circa starting at 7 pm: Dinner and Jazz in a casually elegant atmosphere. Great date night!
May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 @ Atlantic Station: Enjoy brown bag Fridays in Central Park from 11 am to 2 pm while listening to live Jazz performances!
May 4 @ John A. White Park from 3-9 pm. Neighborhood Jazz concert hosted by Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms, featuring music by JFly, J. Henry, J.O. Wyatt & Mays-Young Jazztet.
May 5 @ Gordon White Park from 4-8 pm. Neighborhood Jazz concert hosted by Atlanta City Councilmember Cleta Winslow, featuring music by Chandra Currelley and Eric Thomas.
May 6, 13 & 20 @ various MARTA stations around the city from 3:30-5:30 pm. Enjoy live music during your afternoon commute!
May 7, 14, 21 & 28 @ Aurum Lounge presents “Elevated Jazz Tuesdays” from 8:30-11:30 pm featuring live jazz, special $5 martinis and more.
May 16 @ Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts “Jazz In The Garden” from 6-9 pm. Mix and mingle at the most beautiful cocktail party in the city! Members get in free, admission for non-members is $18.95.
May 18 @ Grove Park from 4-8 pm. Neighborhood Jazz concert hosted by Atlanta City Councilmember Felicia Moore, featuring music by Lemonade Jones and Saxman Antonio Bennett.
May 19 @ Churchill Grounds from 7-11 pm. “A Tribute to Miles Davis” is hosted by WRFG 89.3 FM and features music by David Potter & Friends. Admission is $15.
May 23 @ Acoustix from 6-10 pm enjoy dinner and live jazz. Meet friends for a lively evening of fun!
May 24 @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre from 7:30-11 pm enjoy jazz under the stars featuring BWB, with special guest Chrisette Michele. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.
May 26 @ Loews Atlanta Hotel in midtown from 10 pm-2 am experience the Late Night Jazz Concert with Dionne Farris and the Russell Gunn Quartet. Tickets are available at www.ticketalternative.com.
May 25-27 @ historic Piedmont Park from 1 – 11 pm daily hear music on two stages featuring some of today’s most innovative new artists like José James, Gretchen Parlato, Aruán Ortiz, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dominick Farinacci, Aaron Diehl, Tia Fuller, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julie Dexter and Ambrose Akinmusire. Admission is free.
May 31 @ Lee Street Park enjoy live jazz on the lawn beginning at 7 pm hosted by the City of Jonesboro. Admission is free.
Sponsors for this year’s festival are PNC Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, the Georgia Lottery, Celebrity Cruises, Publix Super Markets, Bank of America, England Piano, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Federal Home Loan Bank-ATL, MARTA, Loews Atlanta Hotel and id8. Media partners include: the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, Atlanta Daybook, Candid Jazz Blast, Black Enterprise, iRock Jazz, atlantajazz.info, 1380 News & Talk WAOK, V-103, In Contact, Atlanta Inquirer, Atlanta Tribune, JS108-atlanta.com, Majic 107.5, JazzTimes, Rolling Out, WOWNOW and WRFG 89.3 FM.
The 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz 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. Join us on Facebook at AtlantaJazzFestival , download our new mobile app for iPhone and Android, and visit the official web site at www.atlantafestivals.com for the latest schedules, news and information.