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Atlanta Jazz Festival

Atlanta Jazz Festival - Kia Lola

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Atlanta Jazz Festival 2017



It's more or less a fact that you can't go wrong with free jazz music. Produced by the city's Office of Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is a month-long celebration featuring both established and up-and-coming acts in the genre, culminating Memorial Day weekend with performances in Piedmont Park. From International jazz superstars to local artists looking to make a name for themselves, the fest might be one of the best free tickets in any city.

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Saturday May 29, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Atlanta Jazz Festival returns Fall 2021. | more...


About the Atlanta Jazz Festival

May is the time for jazz in Atlanta, a month full of creative music culminating in one of the greatest sources of pride for the city. Heralded as one of the country's largest jazz festivals with free admission, the Atlanta Jazz Festival takes place during the Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park.

The 2020 Atlanta Jazz Festival was cancelled due to COVID. We're expecting a big return in 2021.

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News About the Jazz Festival

Past Coverage

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Saturday May 23, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
The Jazz Festival is postponed. New dates to be announced. During May, the Festival is offering virtual performances on social media. See CL's listings for more information. Browse the Atlanta Jazz Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide ... | more...

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Thursday May 16, 2019 04:53 am EDT
Makaya McCraven, Joel Ross, Kandace Springs, and more offer a look at the shape of jazz to come | more...

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Tuesday March 14, 2017 06:48 pm EDT
Here's a rundown of acts we're excited about at this year's fest | more...

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 12:14 pm EDT
To help you find choice sounds at this year's fest, we’ve put together a quick-and-dirty list of artists set to appear across the event’s trio of stages. | more...

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Tuesday April 14, 2015 07:42 pm EDT
The Atlanta Jazz Fest returns to Piedmont Park May 22-24 | more...

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Friday April 4, 2014 04:02 pm EDT
Ahmad Jamal, Bill Frisell, Russell Gunn, and more head up this year's Atlanta Jazz Fest. | more...

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Thursday May 23, 2013 10:36 am EDT
Five acts you you don't want to miss at this weekend's Atlanta Jazz Fest | more...

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Wednesday May 23, 2012 10:18 am EDT
In addition to all the sounds going down at Piedmont Park, festival organizers have also concocted two other must-attend events for the weekend. | more...

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Thursday May 20, 2010 10:08 pm EDT
The 33rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend at Piedmont Park. | more...

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Monday May 18, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Sat.-Sun., May 23-24 | more...

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Wednesday May 14, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Mon., May 26 | more...

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Wednesday May 23, 2007 12:04 am EDT
Sat., May 26 | more...

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Wednesday May 9, 2007 12:04 am EDT
Mon., May 14 | more...

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Thursday May 27, 2004 12:04 am EDT
Atlanta Jazz Festival 2004 | more...

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Wednesday May 22, 2002 12:04 am EDT
Atlanta Jazz Festival 2002 - Schedule of acts | more...

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Wednesday May 23, 2001 12:04 am EDT
Atlanta Jazz Festival Lineup 2001 | more...


Past Festivals

Saturday May 23, 2020 12:00 am EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: Free
Arts Agenda, Community, Free Events, Music
Join us for the 43rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival! The Atlanta Jazz Festival is known for being one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country and it showcases the jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz performers all through Memorial Day Weekend. The festival will take place in Piedmont Park fr... [click here for more]

Sunday May 26, 2019 09:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra
See Russell Gunn and the Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra on the Meadow Stage Sunday evening at 9pm.   [click here for more]

Sunday May 26, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Festivals
Featuring: Rhonda Thomas
See Rhonda Thomas on the Meadow Stage Sunday evening at 7pm. [click here for more]

Sunday May 26, 2019 05:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Gary Motley
See Gary Motley on the Meadows Stage Sunday Afternoon. [click here for more]

Sunday May 26, 2019 03:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Alex Lattimore
See Alex Lattimore on the Meadows Stage Sunday Afternoon at 3pm. [click here for more]

Sunday May 26, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Milkshake Mayfield
See The Milkshake Quintet on the Meadows Stage at the Jazz Festival. [click here for more]

Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Rhonda Thomas The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra Milkshake Mayfield Gary Motley Alex Lattimore
The Atlanta Jazz Festival celebrates its 42nd anniversary with 31 Days of Jazz, featuring established and up-and-coming acts, culminating on Memorial Day weekend with two full days of performances in Piedmont Park. This year’s lineup brings an adventurous mix of artists to the stage including compos... [click here for more]
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Saturday May 25, 2019 09:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Lizz Wright
See Lizz Wright on the Meadow Stage Saturday Night at 9pm. [click here for more]

Saturday May 25, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Marcus Strickland
See Marcus Strickland ‘Twi-Life’ featuring Pharoahe Monche on the Meadow Stage. [click here for more]

Saturday May 25, 2019 05:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Rhonda Ross & Rodney Kendrick
See Rhonda Ross & Rodney Kendrick on the Meadow Stage. [click here for more]

Saturday May 25, 2019 03:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Stefon Harris
See Stefon Harris + Blackout on May 25 on the Meadow Stage [click here for more]

Saturday May 25, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Alicia Olatuja
See Alicia Olatuja on Saturday on the Meadow Stage [click here for more]

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:30 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: Free
Community, Music
The Atlanta Jazz Festival, one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, will be held in Piedmont Park Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25 - Sunday, May 26. The 42nd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will showcase a variety of jazz acts from some of the best jazz performers in the country, in... [click here for more]

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Festivals, Music
Featuring: Alicia Olatuja Stefon Harris Lizz Wright Rhonda Ross & Rodney Kendrick Marcus Strickland
The Atlanta Jazz Festival celebrates its 42nd anniversary with 31 Days of Jazz, featuring established and up-and-coming acts, culminating on Memorial Day weekend with two full days of performances in Piedmont Park. This year’s lineup brings an adventurous mix of artists to the stage including compos... [click here for more]
CL RECOMMENDS

Saturday May 23, 2015 08:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: Free
Festivals
No description provided [click here for more]

Saturday May 24, 2014 08:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: Free
This weekend marks the return of Atlanta Jazz Festival and, as always, the event boasts a lineup of marquee acts from around the globe, including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, French singer Cyrille Aimée, Bill Frisell’s Guitar in the Space Age, and legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal, among many more. But th... [click here for more]

Sunday May 27, 2012 08:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: Free
Festivals
The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates the 35th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, Memorial Day weekend in Historic Piedmont Park. The festival weekend will feature music on three stages with performances by jazz legends and young guns, as well as a Jazz Eco Village, interactive kids' ... [click here for more]

Sunday May 27, 2012 08:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: Free
Festivals
On Monday, May 28, 2012 renowned trumpeter Melvin Jones will be featured at the 35th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival held at Piedmont Park. Concert attendees will have the opportunity to hear selections from Melvin’s new album Pivot, which recently received rave reviews from various jazz publications a... [click here for more]

Monday May 30, 2011 12:00 am EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: Free
Festivals
One of the country’s largest free jazz festivals is an annual musical showcase that celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz greats. This year Piedmont Park will host performances by Warren Wolf Quintet, MAYWE Jazz Ensemble, Ninety Miles [click here for more]

Monday May 30, 2011 12:00 am EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: Free
Festivals
One of the country’s largest free jazz festivals is an annual musical showcase that celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz greats. This year Piedmont Park will host performances by Warren Wolf Quintet, MAYWE Jazz Ensemble, Ninety Miles [click here for more]

Saturday May 28, 2011 12:00 am EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: free
Festivals
No description provided [click here for more]

Saturday May 28, 2011 12:00 am EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: free
Festivals
No description provided [click here for more]

Sunday May 30, 2010 12:00 am EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: free
Festivals
The 33rd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the Country’s largest FREE jazz festivals. It is an annual musical showcase, celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz greats in venues throughout metropolitan Atlanta during the entire month of May. Culminating during Memorial Day w... [click here for more]

Sunday May 24, 2009 12:00 am EDT
Grant Park Cost: free
Festivals
The 32nd annual jazz fest comes to Atlanta all month long with various jazz concerts around the city. [click here for more]



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