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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces 2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival Line-Up and Unveils Official Artwork

Mayor Kasim Reed joined Camille Russell Love from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to announce the star-studded lineup of artists who will perform at the 2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Mayor Reed also unveiled the official artwork for this year’s festival, entitled Jazz Is Free As A Bird, created by the late great artist Sam Middleton.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival will present 40 Days of Jazz, a program of jazz concerts happening every day throughout the City beginning April 21 through May 29. From live music in MARTA stations to concerts in neighborhood parks, and jazz in some of the city’s hottest clubs, 40 Days of Jazz will have something for everyone.

The Mayor also awarded a Phoenix Award, the highest honor a citizen of Atlanta can receive, to H. Johnson, late night host of WABE’s Jazz Classics and Blues Classics, who has dedicated the past 40 years to sharing his passion and knowledge about jazz with the Atlanta community. In addition, Mr. Freddy Cole, who will be performing during Festival weekend, received a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council for his contributions to the Atlanta and national jazz scene over his lifetime. Local and nationally acclaimed jazz artist, Kathleen Bertrand, entertained press conference attendees with her smooth vocals.

In addition, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs also unveiled it’s first Atlanta Jazz Festival mobile channel, allowing fans interested in the latest information to access it via their smartphones or desktops. Simply visit and add follow the directions under “Share” to add the site to a phone or bookmark to a desktop.

Please click here to see the participating artists.

Media Contact:
Jamie Donaldson
communications 21, on behalf of Atlanta Jazz Festival