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To celebrate its 43rd festival, the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival (AJF) will hold, six, free, hour-long workshops with acclaimed jazz artists performing this year, including vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, saxophonist Mike Phillips, trumpeter Sean Jones, bassist Ron Carter, saxophonist Archie Shepp, and saxophonist Miguel Zenón.

Each workshop will take place in Greystone at Piedmont Park during the annual Jazz Festival held over Labor Day Weekend 2021, Sunday, September 5, and Monday, September 6.

The free workshops will cover a jazz-related topics designed to appeal to diverse audiences including youth, practicing musicians, seasoned jazz lovers, and those who enjoy Latin jazz.

Registration is encouraged, and the links to register are located within the workshop descriptions below.

Jazz 101

Workshop Series Program Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021

Monday, Sept. 6, 2021

  • Four Elements of Focus with Jazzmeia Horn at 12 PM

    In Jazzmeia Horn’s course, “Jazzmeia’s Four Elements of Focus : The Art of Storytelling, Sing Your Own Song, My Stage Is My Altar, and Everybody’s Got Style,” the world renown, award-winning, African... [READ MORE]

  • A Band of Their Own with Mike Phillips at 12 PM

    In advance of the workshop, jazz saxophonist Mike Phillips selected two pieces of music for local students to learn. During the workshop, those students will work with Mr. Phillips and his band.... [READ MORE]

  • Latin America and Jazz with Miguel Zenón at 1:30 PM

    Like most artistic expressions on our continent, Latin American music is rooted in the rhythms brought to the region by the African people enslaved there. Drawing from the languages and cultures of... [READ MORE]

  • Perfect Practice Makes Perfect with Sean Jones at 1:30 PM

    Developing a concise practice routine is one of the most difficult things for any musician to achieve. In his workshop, trumpeter Sean Jones teaches attendees how to practice, when to practice, and... [READ MORE]

  • African Drums for Kids with Russell Gunn (Day 1) at 2:30 PM

    African Drums for Kids is a 30-minute workshop designed to introduce young children to the African diaspora of rhythm. Created primarily for youth in elementary and middle school, African Drums for Kids serves... [READ MORE]

  • African Drums for Kids with Russell Gunn (Day 2) at 2:30 PM

    Acclaimed musician Russell Gunn hosts a second African Drums for Kids workshop to introduce young children to the African diaspora of rhythm. A 30-minute workshop, the program is designed primarily for youth in... [READ MORE]

  • Learning from a Master: An Interview with Ron Carter at 3 PM

    H. Johnson, long-time host of WABE’s Jazz Classics and its more recent Blues Classics, will interview Jazz master and bassist Ron Carter. During their conversation, Carter will discuss his youth, inspiration, early... [READ MORE]

  • Learning from a Master: An Interview with Archie Shepp at 3 PM

    Emory University professor Dwight Andrews will interview Jazz great and saxophonist Archie Shepp. During their conversation, Shepp will discuss his youth and the experiences from which he drew inspiration, the early years... [READ MORE]