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Thundercat, Pharoah Sanders, and more line up for 38th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival

The Atlanta Jazz Fest returns to Piedmont Park May 22-24


Ears up, jazz fans, it’s that time again. The 38th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival returns to Piedmont Park for a free, three-day celebration of the great American art form on Fri., May 22 through Sunday, May 24.

From the swinging brass band antics of the Wolfpack to the progressive piano stylings of the Alfredo Rodriquez Trio; from Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to the Nettwork Trio with Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan and Jeff “Tain” Watts; from the Tri-Cities High school Jazz Band to the Pharoah Sanders Quartet featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, the AJF presents sights and sounds from across the jazz spectrum spread over three stages: Local, International, and the Main stage.

Check out the schedule below the jump, and find more information at the Atlanta Jazz Fest.


Friday, May 22

Main Stage
7 p.m. — Mad Satta
9 p.m. — Thundercat

__Sat., May 23
Local Stage
12:30 p.m. — Tri-Cities High School Jazz Band
2:30 p.m. — Jessie Davis & the Nebraska Jones Experiment
4:30 p.m. — Kenosha Kid
6:30 p.m. — the Wolfpack

International Stage

1:30 p.m. — North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band
3:30 p.m. — Dida
5:30 p.m. — Banda Magda
7:30 p.m. — Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

Main Stage

1 p.m. — Contemporary Violinist Daniel D.
3 p.m. — the Rad Trads
5 p.m. — Marcus Strickland Twi-Life
7 p.m. — Otis Brown III
9 p.m — Derrick Hodge

__Sun., May 24
Local Stage

12:30 p.m. — Joe Gransden and his Big Band
2:30 p.m. — Mastery
4:30 p.m. — Jeff Sparks
6:30 p.m. — Tony Hightower

International Stage

1:30 p.m. — Fernanda Noronha
3:30 p.m. — Strings from Haiti
5:30 p.m. — Emrah Kotan
7:30 p.m. — Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra


Main Stage

1 p.m. — Navy Band Southeast: VIP Protocol Combo
3 p.m. — Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone ft., Kathleen Bertrand, Julie Dexter, Rhonda Thomas, and Terry Harper
5 p.m. — Nettwork Trio: Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, and Jeff “Tain” Watts
7 p.m. — Diane Schuur
9 p.m. — Pharoah Sanders Quartet ft. Kurt Rosenwinkel__

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