The Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 31 Days of Jazz is in full swing, leading up to the free 42nd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park, Memorial Day weekend. The 31 Days of Jazz are eclectic events held at various locations across metro Atlanta, including MARTA stations, restaurants, local neighborhood parks and more that encourage people to experience this diverse musical genre.
“Live from Woodruff Park” will take place every Wednesday in May from 5-8 p.m. while MARTA Mondays will run through May 20, from 4-6 p.m. at a different MARTA station every week and will feature free jazz concerts that provide a unique preview to the upcoming Festival.
MARTA Mondays Jazz Series:
· May 13: 4 – 6 p.m. at College Park Station, featuring Groove Centric
· May 20: 4 – 6 p.m. at Midtown Station, featuring Brenda Moorer
The family-friendly Neighborhood Jazz Series will begin with a live concert at Washington Park on Saturday, May 11 from 4-8 p.m., featuring performances by Groove Centric and Julie Dexter. All Neighborhood Jazz events are hosted by Atlanta City Council members in parks located in their districts.
Neighborhood Jazz Series:
· May 11: 4-8 p.m. at Washington Park presented by councilmember Michael Julian Bond, featuring Groove Centric and Julie Dexter
· May 12: 4-8 p.m. at Grant Park presented by councilmember Carla Smith, featuring Mabu’s Ark Band and Jacob Deaton Trio
· May 18: 4-8 p.m. at John A. White Park presented by councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet and councilmember Andrea L. Boone, featuring Distilled Butter Band and Brenda Nicole Moorer
· May 19: 4-8 p.m. at West Manor Park presented by council president Felicia A. Moore and councilmember Andrew Dickens, featuring Tony Hightower and The Myrna Clayton Experience
Other free events will happen weekly throughout the month. For the second year, Colony Square Midtown will host Jazz in the Sky every Tuesday in May, staring May 7, from 6-8 p.m., but all events sold out in an hour.
Venkman’s will host the “Joe Gransden Jazz Jam” every Tuesday from 8-10 p.m. Peachtree Center will host “Jazz in May” every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, and the “Suite Jazz Series” will happen each Thursday at the Suite Food Lounge on Luckie Street.
City Winery, sponsored by the National Black Arts Festival, will feature a jazz and hip hop fusion “Talkin’ All That Jazz” on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased here. On Friday, May 24 from 8-10 p.m., jazz lovers can attend the Atlanta Jazz International Sound Series at the Red Light Café, featuring Willie Ziavino. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Beginning on May 13 and ending on May 24, Jazz in the Airport Atrium will delight Atlantans and thousands of visitors alike to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The daily concerts, from 5-7 p.m., will showcase the city as an international hub for arts and culture.