Atlanta Renames Month of May: '31 Days of Jazz'

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

Festival Highlights:

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.

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