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Explore Atlanta During 31 Days of Jazz in May!

This May we invite people to get out and explore our city during the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 31 Days of Jazz,” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Walk, ride your bike, jump on the Streetcar, take MARTA, or come into the city from OTP to explore Atlanta’s beautiful neighborhood parks, hottest clubs, multi-cultural restaurants, and diverse museums. We’ve got something going on every day in May featuring incredible jazz musicians. For a complete list of events, visit our web site at”

Here are a just a few of this year’s highlights:

May 1     Music in the Park featuring singer Theresa Hightower; renowned drummer, Chris Dave and many more!  This event is from 1-7 pm and takes place in Atlanta’s West End.

May 3     Bassist Kevin Scott hosts a jam beginning at 9 pm at Elliott Street Pub

May 4     Saxophonist Kamasi Washington at 8 pm at Variety Playhouse

May 5     Harper Family Jazz Jam beginning at 9 pm at Churchill Grounds

May 7     Jazz under the Stars featuring violinist Ken Ford at 6 pm at Jonesboro’s Lee Street Park

May 10    ATL Live on the Park at 7:30 pm at Park Tavern

May 11    Lunchtime Jazz with singer Brenda Moorer at noon at Atlanta City Hall

May 13    Juan De Marcos & Afro-Cuban Allstars at 8 pm at Variety Playhouse

May 14    Annual Spring Vespers under the direction of pastor and saxophonist Dwight Andrews at 7 pm at the First Congregational Church

May 17    Trumpeter Joe Gransden’s Jazz Jam beginning at 9 pm at Venkman’s

May 20    Saxophonist TIA FULLER at 7:30 pm at The Velvet Note

May 21    Funk Jazz Café celebrates their 20th Anniversary at 9 pm at The Tabernacle

May 26    Lunchtime Jazz at noon at Colony Square



May 2                    Brazilian guitarist Sander Pinheiro at Chamblee Station

May 9                    Saxophonist Mike Walton and his Quartet at Five Points Station

May 16                  Alternative jazz artists Indie Revenge at Lakewood Station

May 23                  Electronic, funk jazz group, Grüt at Midtown Station



May 1     Singer Julie Dexter hosted by Council Member Sheperd at Perkerson Park

May 7     Singer & pianist Freddy Cole hosted by Council Member Bottoms at John A. White Park

*Note the event at John A. White Park will go from 3-7 pm and will be followed by a screening of “Annie” the movie starring Jamie Foxx.

May 8     Trumpeter Russell Gunn hosted by Council Member Archibong at Oakland Cemetery

May 15     Trumpeter Gordon Vernick hosted by Council Member Wan at Howell Park

May 21     Singer Julie Dexter hosted by Council Member Young at Washington Park

May 22     Singer Julie Dexter hosted by Council Members Mitchell & Dickens at West Manor Park

Sponsors for this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival include MARTA, PNC Bank, Loews Atlanta Hotel, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Standard Press, Fontis Water, Eubanks Collection, the Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, Publix, Publix Charities 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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Atlanta Jazz Festival - red logoThe 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 a complete list of events for 31 Days of Jazz and more details about the Atlanta Jazz Festival, visit: