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Atlanta Jazz Festival Is Back In Beautiful Piedmont Park For 3 Days Of FREE Concerts – May 23-25

Ahmad Jamal  - photo credit Jean Marc LubranoAtlanta, GA — “This year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival promises to be one of our best,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We are presenting a diverse lineup of artists from around the world, from young innovators to legendary artists including: Roy Hargrove, Ester Rada, Russell Gunn, Somi, Freddy Cole, Cyrille Aimée, Bill Frisell and Ahmad Jamal. We’re back in beautiful Piedmont Park from Friday through Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25. Make plans now to join us for an unforgettable weekend of jazz!”

Here’s the lineup of free performances in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend:



5pm   Youth Jazz Band Competition – 1st Place Winner: North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band

7pm   Roberta Gambarini Quartet

Roy Hargrove9pm   Roy Hargrove Quintet



12:30pm JC Young Middle School Jazz Ensemble

2:30pm   Willie Ziavino and the C.O.T. Band

4:30PM   Brian Hogans Quartet


1:30pm   Edmar Castañeda Trio

Somi (1) - photo by Kelechi Amadi-Obi - crop3:30pm   Somi

5:30pm   Eldar Trio


1pm   Youth Jazz Band Competition –  2nd Place Winner: Tri-Cities High School Jazz Band

3pm   Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra

5pm   Ester Rada

7pm   Russell Gunn’s Krunk Jazz Orkestra

Christian Scott9pm   Christian Scott



12:30pm Rialto Jazz for Kids

2:30pm   Darren English Quintet

4:30pm   Kemba Cofield Quartet


1:30pm   Ali Amr

3:30pm   Diego Figueiredo Trio

Cyrille Aimée - photo credit Lyle Daniel5:30pm   Cyrille Aimée


1pm   Youth Jazz Band Competition – 3rd Place Winner: Milton High School Jazz Ensemble

3pm   Airmen of Note

5pm   Freddy Cole Quartet

Bill Frisell - photo by Paul Moore - crop7pm   Bill Frisell’s Guitar in the Space Age Featuring Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Rudy Royston

9pm   Ahmad Jamal


AJF37 @ Piedmont Park

The festival returns to beautiful Piedmont Park with three days of music over Memorial Day Weekend :

  • ADMISSION. The event is FREE and open to the public.
  • DATES & HOURS. Festival hours in Piedmont Park are Friday, May 23 from 4 -11 pm; Saturday, May 24 from 11 am-11 pm and Sunday, May 25 from 11 am-11 pm.
  • THREE STAGES.  This year there will be three stages in Piedmont Park: the Main Stage, the International Stage and the Local Stage.
  • TWO KIDZONES. There will be two KidZone areas this year. The Publix Activity KidZone will offer games and interactive play for all ages. The Art KidZone will feature the WeBop Family Jazz Party, education concerts geared toward younger listeners. Swing, dance, and bop with your family to the tunes of Charlie “Bird” Parker. There will also be a Puppet Factory hosted by the Center for Puppetry Arts, face painters and much more!
  • SHOPPING & FOOD VENDORS. A wide variety of food vendors will tempt your taste buds with BBQ, gyros, burgers, Caribbean foods and more!  Browse among the booths for unique items including art, clothing and jewelry.
  • PARK RULES. There will be NO GRILLING, NO PETS and NO STAKING OF TENTS allowed in Piedmont Park during the festival.
  • LOCAL TRANSPORTATION. The easiest way to come to the festival is to take MARTA: www.itsMARTA.com. There will be free shuttles running from Midtown and Arts Center MARTA Stations to Piedmont Park every 15 minutes throughout the festival. Also, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will have a free bike valet for people who wish to bike to the park. The bike valet will be located between the Main Stage and Park Tavern, near the Beltline connection to the park.

Sponsorship: Sponsors for this year’s 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’re interested in being a sponsor, contact Alex Davis 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 performance schedules, news and information.

MEDIA: For more information, to set interviews, or for hi-res photos please contact Karen Hatchett at 770-433-1137 or karen.hatchett@charter.net


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