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Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Free Virtual Jazz Series, In the Tradition, Will Begin on Tuesday, April 6

Beginning on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 PM, the Atlanta Jazz Festival celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with a virtual interview series featuring renowned jazz artists Patti Austin, Archie Shepp, Ron Carter, Jazzmeia Horn, Sean Jones, and more!


The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is presenting a free, eighteen-episode virtual jazz series, called In the Tradition, which will feature jazz artists interviewed by local Atlanta jazz and art leaders. Jazz lovers can view the video interviews live on AtlantaFestivals.com, Facebook, YouTube and Channel 26 on select Tuesdays from April 6 through August 31, 2021.

“We’re excited to present this safe and free virtual interview series to jazz lovers both here in Atlanta and afar,” said Camille Russell Love, executive director – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “It’s our hope that these interviews will spark a deeper appreciation for one of our country’s original artforms and inspire the public to join us at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, which is anticipated to move to fall 2021 when large outdoor events are safe,” she added. 

The Complete Schedule and Lineup for In the Tradition:

April 6 – Mike Phillips/Saxophone, interviewed by Rene Miller of WJZA-AM/FM

April 13 – Isaiah Sharkey/Guitar, interviewed by Rene Miller of WJZA-AM/FM

April 20 – Brenda Nicole Moorer/Vocal, interviewed by Rene Miller of WJZA-AM/FM

April 27 – Irreversible Entanglements/Band, interviewed by Rene Miller of WJZA-AM/FM

May 4 – Laurin Talese/Vocal, interviewed by Ray Cornelius of WCLK-FM

May 11 – Alexey Marti/Percussion, interviewed by Jamal Ahmad of WCLK-FM

May 18 – Theo Croker/Trumpet, interviewed by Debb Moore of WCLK-FM

May 25 – Miguel Zenon/Saxophone, interviewed by Ray Cornelius of WCLK-FM

June 8 – Patti Austin/Vocal, interviewed by Gail O’Neill

June 22 – Archie Shepp/Saxophone, interviewed by Dwight Andrews

July 6 – Karla Harris/Vocal, interviewed by Ray Cornelius of WCLK-FM

July 20 – Pasquale Grasso/Guitar, interviewed by Rivablue of WCLK-FM

July 27 – Logan Richardson/Alto Saxophone, interviewed by Dwight Andrews

August 3 – Yuko Mabuchi/Piano, interviewed by Carl Anthony

August 10 – Ryan Kilgore/Saxophone, interviewed by Dwight Andrews

August 17 – Jazzmeia Horn, interviewed by Gail O’Neill

August 24 – Sean Jones/Trumpet, interviewed by Dwight Andrews

August 31 – Ron Carter/Bass, interviewed by Carl Anthony

The 43rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is anticipated to take place in fall 2021, after the release of Mayor Bottoms’ moratorium on large outdoor events. The Festival will be rescheduled from its traditional Memorial Day Weekend date out of an abundance of caution due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and will follow all COVID-19 guidelines as determined by Georgia and the City of Atlanta at the date of the Festival.

Updates will be announced on the Atlanta Jazz Festival website and social media channels. 

Updates will be announced on the Atlanta Jazz Festival website and social media channels.