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Atlanta Jazz Festival Hosts FREE Education Workshops In Piedmont Park May 24 & 25

Atlanta Jazz Festival - Red Logo“We are pleased to announce that we will have free Jazz Education Workshops at the Atlanta Jazz Festival to both educate and inspire attendees,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Leading the workshops will be this year’s festival artists, as well as noted jazz educators and professional musicians. This is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best, so we are delighted to be able to make this available on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 in Piedmont Park.”

Jazz Education Workshops will cover a variety of topics and aim to educate the community about the history of jazz, provide tips and techniques from professional musicians, as well as to lead a discussion on the future of the genre. They will be held near the Main Stage in Piedmont Park between performances. The workshops are free, but registration is required because seating is limited. Register here under the workshop that you want to attend:

Here is the schedule for the free Jazz Education Workshops:

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014

12pm – Roberta Gambarini: Vocal Workshop

2pm – Roy Hargrove: Trumpet Workshop

4pm – The Modern Big Band: Airmen of Note Lead Players Discuss Effective Rehearsal Strategies

SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014

12pm – Somi: Inspiration and the Creative Process

2pm – Danny Harper: Negotiating the Changes

4pm – Practice Techniques & Listening Skills With UGA Jazz Director David D’Angelo

A brief introduction to the Workshop Leaders:

Roberta GambariniItalian vocalist Roberta Gambarini’s first CD, “Easy To Love,” was nominated for a Grammy Award, as was her third, “So In Love,” which was also awarded the Grand Prix du Jazz Vocal 2009 by the Jazz Academy of France. She was named “Female Jazz Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2007 and in 2009.


Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has played and recorded witRoy Hargroveh luminaries such as Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. Hargrove won Grammy Awards for two vastly different projects. In 1997, Roy’s Cuban-based band Crisol (including piano legend Jesus “Chucho” Valdes and wonder drummer Horatio “El Negro” Hernandez) won the Best Latin Jazz Performance Grammy for the album Habana. And in 2002 Hargrove, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker won Best Instrumental Jazz Album for their three-way collaboration Directions in Music.

AirmenofNote official photoThe Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, today the “Note” features 18 of the most talented jazz musicians in the country and is one of the last touring big bands. As a result, it has earned an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile big bands of its kind in the world.

Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, African and Jazz legacies areSomi (1) - photo by Kelechi Amadi-Obi - crop crucial to Somi’s sound.  Her singing is often compared to Miriam Makeba, Sarah Vaughn and Cassandra Wilson. Her third album, If The Rains Come First, is a stunning collection of self-penned story-based songs. JazzTimes Magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves.”

Trumpet player Danny Harper is the Professor of Jazz Studies at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. He received the 2012 Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalists Association. He has hosted two successful long-running jazz jam sessions; the first at the famous Blue Note nightclub in New York and the second at Churchill Grounds, where he’s been hosting for 13 years. He is the composer of the title track for the hit album, Remembrance, by the Harper Brothers.

David D’Angelo is a jazz performer, music educator, woodwind doubler, Broadway musician, movie soundtrack musician, film actor, orchestral clarinetist, and published author. As an alto saxophonist he was a member of the Buddy Rich Orchestra from 1980-1982. D’Angelo was instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Wagner College in Staten Island for seven years. He developed the instrumental music program at Atlanta’s Pace Academy, in addition to working at Woodward Academy.

Sponsorship: Sponsors for this year’s festival include Bank of America, Publix and Publix Charities, Coca-Cola, W Atlanta-Midtown, MARTA, XFINITY, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Georgia Lottery, FORD and Duty Free Americas. If you’re interested in being a sponsor, contact Alex Davis ADDavis@AtlantaGa.Gov.

The 37th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The mission of the Atlanta Jazz Festival is to educate and entertain a diverse audience of jazz fans and to nurture the next generation of jazz musicians. The festival is partially supported by Atlanta Jazz Festival Inc, a 501©(3) cultural, non-profit.  Like us on Facebook at AtlantaJazzFestival and visit the official web site at for performance schedules, news and information.

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