The 38th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival

2015 Atlanta Jazz Festival Poster

2015 Atlanta Jazz Festival Poster by Artist John Ryan

It’s that time of year again and jazz is in the air. We are in full swing for the 31 days of Jazz in May and The 38th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival taking place Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24. Last year (images) (video) was packed with great shows from sun up to sun down and this year looks to be more of the same. Three stages of local, international, and national jazz artist will fill the air. Partial lineups include headliners such as The Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Diane Schuur, Derrick Hodge, Thundercat, and the Nettwork Trio featuring Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, and Jeff “Tain” Watts.  International artist such as The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio and Arturo O’Farrill will be in on hand, and Local favorites such as Jeff Sparks, Tony Hightower will also grace the stage. A full  line up for the weekend events is below or go to for a full lineup and more event information.




You don’t have to wait until Memorial Weekend for the fun to begin. Included in the 31 days of Jazz are MARTA Mondays with jazz performances May 4 with music by HC3 at College Park Station, May 11 with music by Brandon Boone Quartet and Ede Wright Trio at Lindbergh Station and May 18 with music by Dan Barazu and Dave Ellington’s Organ Trio at Midtown Station. Presented each day from  3-5 pm. Also back this year is the Neighborhood Jazz Concerts series, presented by the Atlanta City Council. Here’s this year’s schedule:

  • May 2 with music by Gwen Hughes, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and Mary Raindrop from 4-8 pm, presented by Councilmember Moore in Grove Park
  • May 3 with music by the RJK All Star Jazz Band, The Reach Complex, and the Mar-Tans from 4-8 pm, presented by Councilmember Wan in John Howell Park
  • May 9 there will be day of activities featuring a BBQ competition, street market and Kids Zone from 10 am – 9 pm, hosted by Councilmember Smith in Grant Park
  • May 10 from 4-8 pm, presented by Councilmember Hall in Historic Fourth Ward Park
  • May 16 there will be a celebration including the Atlanta Beltline Jamboree from 2-6 pm, then performances by Melvin Jones and Theresa Hightower from 6-8 pm, presented by Councilmember Young in Washington Park
  • May 17 from 4-8 pm, hosted by Councilmember Sheperd at Atlanta Metropolitan State College
  • May 19 there will be a special free concert with Freddy Cole presented by Councilmember Bottoms at 7:30 pm at the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center.

Other events include a concert by Israeli funk, soul, jazz singer Ester Rada at The Breman Museum on May 7th. Friday Jazz series will celebrate the Atlanta Jazz Festival with a performance by singer Alex Lattimore at the High Museum of Art on May 15 and new Atlanta Jazz Festival Crawl on Edgewood. It will include jazz on the Streetcar, free admission and specials at clubs including The Edgewood Speakeasy, The Music Room, Noni’s and The Sound Table, street party and more on Edgewood Avenue on May 21st. Again check for a full listing of  events.


The Atlanta Jazz Festival is FREE and open to the public. Here’s the schedule in Piedmont Park:
Friday, May 22
Main Stage:
7:00 pm                                Mad Satta
9:00 pm                                Thundercat

Saturday, May 23
Local Stage:
12:30 pm                              Tri-Cities High School Jazz Band
2:30 pm                                Jessie Davis & the Nebraska Jones Experiment
4:30 pm                                Kenosha Kid
6:30 pm                                Wolfpack ATL

International Stage:
1:30 pm                                North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band
3:30 pm                                Dida
5:30 pm                                Banda Magda
7:30 pm                                Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

Main Stage:
1:00 pm                                Contemporary Violinist Daniel D.
3:00 pm                                The Rad Trads
5:00 pm                                Marcus Strickland Twi-Life
7:00 pm                                Otis Brown III
9:00 pm                                Derrick Hodge


Sunday, May 24
Local Stage:
12:30 pm                              Joe Gransden and his Big Band
2:30 pm                                Mastery
4:30 pm                                Jeff Sparks
6:30 pm                                Tony Hightower

International Stage:
1:30 pm                                Fernanda Noronha
3:30 pm                                Strings from Haiti
5:30 pm                                Emrah Kotan
7:30 pm                                Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Main Stage:
1:00 pm                                Navy Band Southeast: VIP Protocol Combo
3:00 pm                                Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone – Featuring Kathleen Bertrand, Julie Dexter, Rhonda Thomas and Terry Harper
5:00 pm                                Nettwork Trio: Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, and Jeff “Tain” Watts
7:00 pm                                Diane Schuur
9:00 pm                                Pharoah Sanders Quartet featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel



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