Atlanta Jazz Festival set for Memorial Day Weekend

Atlanta's Jazzfest is this weekend

Ambrose Akinmusire and band perform in 2013. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Courtesy Atlanta Jazz Festival)

ATLANTA, May 20, 2015 — The city’s annual jazz festival is set to heat up the heart of Midtown this weekend.

The 38th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will feature traditional, contemporary and Latin music performed by world-class musicians on three stages at Atlanta’s famed Piedmont Park.

In addition to the music, guests can explore vendor booths featuring art, clothing and jewelry. A number of food options from BBQ to soul food to classic burgers will also be available.

“This year we are embracing the next generation of jazz artists while at the same time paying homage to the past,” Neighbor Newsapers quoted Camille Russell Love, executive director of the Atlanta mayor’s office of cultural affairs and the festival’s leader, as saying.

The festival will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the family-friendly festival is free.

“Feel good. I make you feel good. I’ll grab a little traditional. I’ll grab a little funk. I mix it up because the average listener nowadays you have to look at a younger audience, but you also can’t forget about the older people, as well,” saxophonist Jeff Sparks told WABE-FM.

The event is presented by the Atlanta mayor’s office of cultural affairs. For more information, visit

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