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In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to introduce our new interview series, “In The Tradition.” Premiering on Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 PM, the weekly series will share exclusive interviews with renowned jazz artists.

Streaming on Tuesday evenings in April through August, each interview invites jazz aficionados to intimate conversations hosted by local musicians, radio personalities, and scholars who will explore each artist’s backgrounds, inspirations, and role within Jazz’s rich history.

Join us for “In the Tradition” for engaging, broad-ranging interviews that will stream to the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s website, Youtube, and Facebook pages.


“In the Tradition” Series Hosts


  • Carl Anthony

    Carl Anthony grew up listening to jazz and Broadway soundtracks. By the Sixties his taste included music emerging out of Detroit, Philadelphia, Muscle Shoals, New York City, London, Rio de... [READ MORE]

  • Dwight Andrews

    Dwight Andrews is Professor of Music Theory and African American Music a Emory University and Pastor of First Congregational Church, UCC. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the Yale Divinity School, and a... [READ MORE]

  • Gail O’Neill

    Gail O’Neill is editor-at-large at ArtsATL, where she writes about arts and culture, and curates the monthly “BookMarks” column. She is the host and co-producer of Collective Knowledge— a conversational... [READ MORE]

  • Rene Miller

    Rene Miller is the Program Director and On-Air Personality for WJZA Smooth Jazz 101/100. Rene has been a leading voice in the Atlanta market as a Jazz, R&B and Adult... [READ MORE]

  • Jamal Ahmad

    Jamal Ahmad is an award-winning, 26 year on-air radio veteran, with extensive experience in the music industry and a passion for fostering change and positive thinking, utilizing the power of... [READ MORE]

  • Ray Cornelius

    Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s hottest entertainment journalists and media personalities. His website, RayCornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity and entertainment news and was established in 2012.... [READ MORE]

  • Rivablue

    Gwen Redding, aka Rivablue, has hosted and produced jazz radio programs for more than 30 years.  Starting first in Washington DC in the early 1980s, she established work on the air... [READ MORE]

  • Debb Moore

    Debb Moore, a veteran radio host who has cherished the opportunity to assist in fostering the sounds of Americas’ only indigenous art form – Jazz!  During her broadcast career she... [READ MORE]