DJs elevate the groove with spins between bands at the Atlanta Jazz Festival: May 27-29
“We are delighted to bring something fresh and innovative to this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival experience,” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We have three of the best DJs in the country creating special music sets to entertain our audiences between bands. Attendees will enjoy spins by KP the Great on Friday night, Enoch IS Real and King Ace Beats on Saturday and Sunday in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend. Together with our incredible music lineup, this promises to be one of our best festivals ever!”
Kawan Prather, also known in the music industry as KP, is the Head of Music at Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER Entertainment. The 2016 GRAMMY Award winner has written for Kendrick Lamar and produced for John Legend. He began his career at LaFace Records when Antonio “L.A.” Reid tapped the then 21-year-old to work in A&R. KP helped guide burgeoning careers of diamond-selling hip-hop duo Outkast, multi-platinum selling artists Usher and Pink, and gold selling artists GooDie MoB and Youngbloodz. He launched Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment and signed T.I. as its premiere artist, releasing his debut album “I’m Serious.”
KP went on to Sony BMG urban music and became Executive Vice-President of A&R. There he oversaw projects for Omarion, John Legend, and Kanye West’s new venture “G.O.O.D.” Music. The music mogul is returning to his first love and getting back to where it all began for him: Deejaying as KP The Great.
“I’m so glad the Atlanta Jazz Festival is opening their stage to The DJ,” says KP The Great. “It speaks to the growth of both the festival and the DJ culture. DJs, at our best, are improvisational artists with music who feed off the energy of people to express ourselves…it’s a natural fit.”
When asked what audiences can expect from his set he adds, “It will be super special. They can expect to sweat out some of that linen, because I plan on playing music from and for the soul.”
Enoch IS Real is a metaphysical musician, producer, deejay, and former jazz radio host. His spin style is a combination of classic and Neo Soul, mixed with Jazz and a touch of World Music.
Enoch has shared decks and stages with some of the industry’s most prominent musicians and deejays on the Soul and Dance scene, including Rich Medina, Osunlade, and Questlove of the Roots. He has opened concerts for Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Raphael Saadiq, Julie Dexter, Anthony Hamilton, and Kindred The Family Soul to name a few. He has a residency on Mondays as part of the figure sketching series “Bohemian Circus” at the Apache Café in Atlanta, GA. His podcast, with international listenership, is called Soul Safari by Enoch IS Real.
“Being able to DJ at the Atlanta Jazz Festival is a dream come true,” enthuses Enoch. “For years I’ve been in the audience and now I will become part of this amazing Atlanta tradition. While bands are changing, I want to continue the energy of the festival and keep the crowd engaged and entertained.”
“My record collection is 40 years deep like my affinity for Jazz, so I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my presentation,” adds Enoch. “It will be multi-generational touching on genres of Jazz including Straight Ahead from artists like Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck, Fusion from Weather Report to Spyro Gyra, Acid Jazz tunes from Groove Collective and Incognito, and vocalists Gretchen Parlato, Jose James and Dianne Reeves. I’ll also pay tribute to Atlanta artists like Emrah Kotan and Melvin Jones.”
King Ace Beats arrived in Atlanta in 1996 on a full scholarship to Morehouse College for two degrees: one in Corporate Finance and one in Music. He is a multi-genre producing artist, musician, and DJ who has been performing and DJing music in the greater Atlanta area for more than 15 years. He also plays 15 instruments including Sitar, tablas, kharar, guitar, cello, bass, upright bass and several others.
“In addition to a turntable and laptop, I’ll be incorporating a keyboard into my setup for the Atlanta Jazz Festival. And I’ll have a percussionist with me,” explains King Ace Beats. “I’ll play original jazz selections as well as classics like John Coltrane. I want the music to resonate with people and tell a story.”
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. To find out how your company or organization can be featured at this year’s festival contact Laura Moody at the Office of Cultural Affairs at LMoody@AtlantaGa.Gov.
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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: www.atlantafestivals.com.
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