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The Atlanta Jazz Festival is proud to announce several important new partnerships this year. In order to present the classic jazz film, One Night With Blue Note, the festival is working with the BronzeLens Film Festival and Blue Note Records; and to present three of the brightest young stars in jazz at this year’s festival, they are collaborating with Blue Note and Revive Music.
“Our mission is to educate and entertain people with the authentically American art form of jazz,” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “And we are passionate about embracing the next generation of jazz musicians and giving them a platform at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. These new partnerships are a wonderful way to further that mission, and share powerful musical experiences with the public.”
Free screening of One Night With Blue Note at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema at 7 pm on May 20
The Atlanta Jazz Festival has partnered with BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta to present a free screening of One Night With Blue Note, a feature length jazz film directed by John Charles Jopson. The film is based on a concert produced by Blue Note record executive Bruce Lundvall and music director Michael Cuscuna which was held on February 22, 1985 at The Town Hall in New York City. The film features performances by Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Stanley Jordan, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and others. BronzeLens will host a panel discussion after the screening featuring one of the artists from the film, Stanley Jordan. Joining him on the panel will be President of Revive Records, Meghan Stabile, along with noted Atlanta based musicians and music historians Joe Jennings and Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews.
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema is located at 931 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the screening is at 7 pm. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required: https://onenightwithbluenote.eventbrite.com.
An Evening With Blue Note will be presented at the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park beginning at 5 pm on May 23
This evening celebrates the artistic and musical collaboration between Revive Music and Blue Note Records. As a rising brand with the mission of bringing music lovers back to concert halls and music venues, Revive has quickly become an outlet for presenting the diversity, variability, and breadth of jazz today. An Evening With Blue Note features three artists who exemplify the defining ethos of Blue Note Records and Revive Music’s joint label partnership. The evening begins with Marcus Strickland, Revive/Blue Note’s most recent signing, and his group Twi Life. Marcus Strickland’s Twi Life is a multidimensional group which embodies the amalgamation of Black American music. Following Strickland is Blue Note/Revive’s inaugural signing Otis Brown III, who will be performing music from his debut album, The Thought of You. Brown extends the rhythmic vocabulary of jazz in his debut album by incorporating various elements of traditional African-American music with a contemporary jazz sound. To close out the evening, Grammy award winning composer, bassist and producer Derrick Hodge will perform music from his 2013 Blue Note album, Live Today.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival will take place in historic Piedmont Park. Admission is free. Piedmont Park is located in the heart of midtown at 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30306.
Sponsors for this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival include Bank of America, PUBLIX, PNC Bank, Loews Atlanta Hotel, MARTA, Cantoni, The Coca-Cola Company, Fontis Water and the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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The 38th 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 more information about the Atlanta Jazz Festival, visit their web site: www.atlantafestivals.com.
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