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The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Announces the Installation of Jazz Photography to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Jazz Festival

ATLANTA – May 23, 2017 – The  City of Atlanta announced today that the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has installed 23 photographs in storefront windows of businesses located in Atlanta’s south downtown district in honor of the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 40th anniversary. The photos are works from five photographers, four of whom hail from Atlanta.

“The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is excited to display photographs of musicians that have entertained Atlantans at the Atlanta Jazz Festival over the past 39 years,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We hope that the public display will encourage residents and visitors to join us for the 40th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park over the Memorial Day weekend.”

Photographs include images of Alexandria Jackson, Trombone Shorty and Ahmad Jamal taken by Ernest Gregory; Betty Carter, Joe Williams, Syl Alston and Johnny Griffin taken by Jim Alexander; Esperanza Spalding, Christian Scott and Stanley Clarke taken by Julie Yarbrough; Nnenna Freelon, Nina Simone, Curtis Lundy and Stanley Jordan taken by Michael Reese; and Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Wynton Marsalis and Dizzy Gillespie taken by Sue Ross. In commemoration of 40 years of the Atlanta Jazz Festival, a coffee table book containing these images and others is on sale for $65.

This public art installation is one of many activations aimed at re-energizing Atlanta’s south downtown area. The City of Atlanta is working to highlight the creativity and vibrancy of south downtown with a series of beautification projects. On Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week, food and fashion trucks will be present on Central Avenue and Washington Street from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual musical showcase celebrating jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz performers. It is one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, inviting music lovers from around the region to be immersed in jazz music culture. Mayor Maynard Jackson founded the original jazz festival to promote this true American art form that originated in the South. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is held Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 28, 2017 at Piedmont Park. To purchase a book and for information on the schedule of artist performances, visit


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