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Atlanta Jazz Festival Partners with HISTORY® to Celebrate Premiere of “Roots”

“We are very excited about our partnership with HISTORY in connection with the premiere of their epic series ‘Roots,’” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Audiences at the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29) will get a chance to see several exhilarating trailers for ‘Roots’ on our Jumbotrons near the Main Stage. We know they will be as thrilled about this new series as we are!”

RootsHISTORY® premieres “Roots” at 9 pm on Monday, May 30. The series will air over four consecutive nights. Developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, “Roots” is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.  In addition to HISTORY, “Roots” will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime.

The stellar cast includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker (Fiddler) and Anna Paquin (Nancy Holt), Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne (Alex Haley), Golden Globe Award® winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Tom Lea),Tony Award® winner Anika Noni Rose (Kizzy), Grammy Award® winner Tip “T.I.” Harris (Cyrus), Chad L. Coleman (Mingo), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Belle), Matthew Goode (Dr. William Waller), Derek Luke (Silla Ba Dibba), Mekhi Phifer (Jerusalem), James Purefoy (John Waller), Erica Tazel (Matilda) and introduces Regé-Jean Page (Chicken George) and Malachi Kirby (Kunta Kinte).

“Roots” is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, the company that produced the original “Roots.” Will Packer, Marc Toberoff, Mark Wolper, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal and Barry Jossen serve as executive producers. LeVar Burton and Korin D. Huggins are co-executive producers. Questlove is executive music producer. “Roots” is directed by Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford.

Sponsors for this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival include: City of Atlanta, Bank of America, PNC Bank, Publix and Publix Charities, Loews Atlanta Hotel, MARTA, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fontis Water, Standard Press, New Amsterdam, Barefoot Wines, the Eubanks Collection, LG, Libman, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The 39th 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(c)(3) cultural, non-profit.  For more details about the Atlanta Jazz Festival, visit:

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