Month Of May Means 31 Days Of Jazz In Atlanta
“We really have renamed the month of May 31 Days of Jazz,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “People know they can hear fabulous jazz around Atlanta all month long in expected and unexpected places. From music in the MARTA stations, to concerts in neighborhood parks, and jazz in some of the hottest clubs, there is something going on every day. I want to encourage you to get out and explore!”
This year the Atlanta Jazz Festival has created a special PASSPORT PROGRAM. It is the festival’s way of rewarding people who support jazz in the city. After visiting 10 venues that are part 31 Days of Jazz, you will be entered in a drawing to win a two-night stay at the W Atlanta – Midtown during the Atlanta Jazz Festival over Memorial Day Weekend. All the details are under 31 Days of Jazz on the festival web site: https://atlantafestivals.com/events/31-days-of-jazz/.
Here are some highlights of this year’s 31 Days of Jazz:
Thursdays – May 1, May 8 and May 15: Harper Family Jazz Jam every Thursday is hosted by Daniel Terence Harper at Churchill Grounds from 9 pm-12:30 am. Address: 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Cost: $10.
Sundays – May 4, May 11, and May 18: The Gordon Vernick Quartet performs straight ahead jazz featuring Vernick on trumpet, Kevin Bales on keyboard, Craig Shaw on bass and Marlon Patton on drums, at Edgewood Speakeasy from 7:30-10:30 pm. Address: 327 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312. Free admission.
Tuesdays – May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27: Twain’s Presents Joe Gransden’s Jazz Jam every Tuesday starting at 9 pm. Address: 211 E Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030. Free Admission.
Wednesdays – May 7, May 14, May 21 and May 28: Jazz Narratives at Elliott Street Pub starting at 9 pm. May 7 with Julie Dexter, May 14 with Russell Gunn, May 21 with Justin Chesarek, and May 28 with Sal Gentile. Address: 51 Elliott Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30313. Free admission.
Friday, May 2: Jazz and Blues singer Theresa Hightower is performing at The Intercontinental Hotel from 9 pm – 1 am. Address: 3315 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. Free admission.
Saturday, May 3: Neighborhood Jazz Concert Presented by Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms at Adams Park from 4-8 pm. Address: 1620 Delowe Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30311. Free admission.
21st Annual Jazz Under the Stars at Clark Atlanta University featuring Grammy Award winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway, along with CAU Jazz Ensemble and CAU Jazz Orchestra. Gates open at 6 pm, concert at 7 pm. Address: 223 James P Brawley Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314. Cost $70.
Monday, May 5: MARTA Monday featuring performances by Antonio Rodriquez Latin Jazz Ensemble to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Doraville Station from 3:30-5:30 pm. Address: 6000 New Peachtree Road, Doraville, GA 30340. Free admission.
Wednesday, May 7: Wednesday WindDown featuring Tim Williams Project, Frank Barham’s Brazilian Fusion and James Robertson at Centennial Olympic Park hosted by WRFG 89.3 FM from 5:30-8:30 pm. Address: Park Ave W Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313. Free admission.
Friday, May 9: Martinis & IMAX at Fernbank Museum from 6:30-11 pm. Address: 767 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 Cost $13.
Sunday, May 11: Neighborhood Jazz Concert Presented by Councilmember Kwanza Hall in Historic Fourth Ward Park featuring Ruby Vele and the Soul Sonics and Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack from 4-8 pm. Address: 680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Free Admission.
Monday, May 12: MARTA Monday at the College Park Station featuring performances by Dashill Smith’s Omega Level and Tree-O of Love from 3:30-5:30 pm. Address: 3800 Main St, Atlanta, GA 30337. Free admission.
Friday, May 16: Friday Jazz at the High from 5-10 pm. Address: 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Cost $19.50
Saturday, May 17: Neighborhood Jazz Concert Presented by Councilmember Ivory Lee Young in Washington Park from 1-8 pm. This event is being produced in partnership with Atlanta Beltline’s Play Day and will feature adult and kids’ games and activities from 1-5 pm, such as rugby, softball and kickball, followed by a live jazz concert at 5 pm. Address: 1125 Lena Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30314. Free admission.
Sunday, May 18: Neighborhood Jazz Concert Presented by Councilmember Alex Wan at McClatchey Park from 4-8 pm. Address: 152 Westminster Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Free admission.
Monday, May 19: MARTA Monday at the Midtown Station featuring performances by SG4 from 3:30-5:30 pm. Address: 41 Tenth Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Free admission.
Jazz on Myrtle at Top For featuring the sultry sounds of vocalist Melle and the Jacob Deaton Trio, starting at 9 pm. Address: 674 Myrtle Street, Atlanta, GA 30308. Free admission.
Thursday, May 22: Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden featuring live jazz from 6-9 pm. Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Free for Garden Members, $18.95 for Non-Members.
Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25: Atlanta Jazz Festival concerts at Piedmont Park featuring Roy Hargrove, Ester Rada, Christian Scott, Bill Frisell, Freddy Cole, Somi, Ahmad Jamal and others. Address: 1320 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Check times and schedule at festival web site. Free admission.
Monday, May 26: Memorial Day Jazz with Luis Carreras and Friends at Erosol aka. Department Store starting at 3 pm and including performances by Lil’ John Roberts, Mastery (featuring Mamaniji, Russell Gunn, Kenah Boto, & Kenny Banks Jr.), The Emrah Kotan Group, Jeff Coffin and Future Man from Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Address: 465 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Cost $20.
Wednesday, May 28: WindDown at Centennial Olympic Park featuring Marcell McCoy and Joey Summerville from 5:30-8:30 pm. Address: 265 Park Ave W Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313. Free admission.
Thursday, May 29: Soul Sista’s Juke Joint at Southwest Performance Art Theater featuring Kathleen Bertrand, Gwen Bunn, Grace Kisa, Jhelisa, Marian Mereba and Ursula Kendall starting at 8 pm. Address: 915 New Hope Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. Cost $25.
Saturday, May 31: Neighborhood Jazz Concert Presented by Councilmember Felicia Moore at Grove Park from 4-8 pm. Address: 709 Hortense Place NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. Free admission.
Saturday, June 28 (rain date make up): Neighborhood Jazz Concert Presented by Councilmember Joyce Sheperd at Perkerson Park from 4-8 pm. Address: 770 Deckner Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Free admission.
Sponsorship: Sponsors for this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival include Bank of America, Publix and Publix Charities, Coca-Cola, W Atlanta – Midtown, MARTA, XFINITY, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Georgia Lottery, FORD and Duty Free Americas. If you are interested in being a sponsor, contact Alex Davis at ADDavis@AtlantaGa.Gov.
The 37th 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©(3) cultural, non-profit. Like us on Facebook at AtlantaJazzFestival and visit the official web site at www.atlantafestivals.com for a complete list of 31 Days of Jazz events, performance schedules in Piedmont Park, and all the latest news and information.
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