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Atlanta Jazz Fest Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2004

Thurs., May 27

Spivey Hall

8:15 p.m. Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph — See feature, p. XX.

Fri., May 28

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

7 p.m. Arturo Sandoval — As part of the International Night of Blazing Trumpets, Sandoval's incendiary trumpet will indeed blast a Cuban-flavored comet trail of compelling world bop and multihued, Dizzy (as in Gillespie) landscapes. (Smith)

9 p.m. Hugh Masekela — Known for his hybrid African/pop/jazz style, the influential Masekela has also worked in bebop, rock and even disco. One of the earliest leaders in world fusion, he had enormous solo success in the '60s and has collaborated on trumpet and flugelhorn with a diverse list of musicians including Herb Alpert, Paul Simon and the Byrds. (Smith)

Sat., May 29

Piedmont Park

2 p.m. J.C. Young Middle School Jazz Ensemble

3 p.m. Ojeda Penn — Montgomery, Ala., native Penn began playing piano at 7 years old. The forward-thinking improv master now makes Atlanta his home and has shared his encyclopedic knowledge of world music with several generations of students and adoring audiences worldwide. He taught jazz history at Emory University for 20 years, and is currently teaching at Atlanta Metropolitan College. (Smith)

4 p.m. Joe Jennings & Howard Nicholson's Life Force

5 p.m. The Heath Brothers — Collectively, Jimmy, Percy and Tootie Heath have more than 150 years of experience and more than 900 recordings under their belt. They have worked with the brightest legends of jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Quartet. Expect an unrelenting but impeccably cool set of hard bop and jazzy R&B from these legends. (Smith)

6 p.m. Jimmy Scott and the Jazz Expressions — Eerie and haunting, the delicate vocals of cult icon Scott should cool the steamy late afternoon with a settling set of quietly evocative jazz ballads. His easy and uniquely delayed delivery is perfect for a laid-back, romantic picnic in the park. (Smith)

7 p.m. Ahmad Jamal — Born Frederick Russell Jones, the expressive 73-year-old pianist has been an underrated and innovative influence since the early '50s, and continues to produce a healthy output of recordings. His trademark juxtaposition of airy passages and abstract textures influenced several generations of artists, including Miles Davis. (Smith)

8 p.m. Shirley Horn — Horn has been an impressive pianist and balladeer since the early 1960s, but she didn't hit her artistic peak until signing with Verve in the '80s. Last year's May the Music Never End finds the gifted interpreter setting her sights on the Beatles' "Yesterday" and Rod McKuen's "If You Go Away." (Moreau)

The Tabernacle

10 p.m. FunkJazz Kafe 10th Anniversary — If you missed the March edition of FunkJazz Kafe, don't cry, dry your eyes (one love, Slick Rick). The latest installment of the Kafe promises to showcase the usual batch of funky visual art, poetry, fashion and surprise musical performances that folks have come to love. Now, if you're M.I.A. this time, don't have a cow (peace, Bart Simpson) — FunkJazz will be back July 24 during the National Black Arts Festival. (Hargro)

Sun., May 30

Piedmont Park 2 p.m. Lamar County High's "Trojan Pride" Jazz Band

3 p.m. Future of Jazz Winner

4 p.m. Hiromi — Only 25, this Japanese-born Boston resident had already written jingles for Nissan and shared the stage with jazz legend Chick Corea and the Czech Philharmonic by the age of 20. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, her signature mix of textures includes prog-rock arrangements and a solid funk backbone. (Swaminathan)

5 p.m. Ian Shaw Trio

7 p.m. Vinicius Cantauria

8 p.m. Randy Weston Quartet — Weston has spent the last half-century exploring musical cultures both regional and global through an engrossing prism of Monk-influenced bop. On 2003's Spirit! The Power of Music, the pianist and composer proves he's still vital in a live collaboration with the Gnawa Master Musicians of Morocco. (Moreau)

Mon., May 31

Piedmont Park

2 p.m. North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band

3 p.m. Julie Dexter — Birmingham, England's Dexter — now an Atlanta resident — is a populist jazz performer. Equally embraced by jazz and R&B fans, her music transcends labels and lives in it's own sensual world. The classically trained artist has been affectionately dubbed "the UK's Queen of Soul," and her shows prove she has the looks and delivery to back it up. (Smith)

4 p.m. Russell Gunn & Ethnomusicology — Spearheaded by trumpeter extraordinaire Russell Gunn, who hails from Miles Davis' stomping grounds, this Grammy-nominated project is a treat. The all-star jam session attracts talent from jazz, hip-hop and R&B. Expect to see appearances by guitarist Ede Wright, drummer "Little John" Roberts, trombonist Derek White as well as Dirty South rapper Bone Crusher, among others, mixing and mingling styles. (Penrice)

5 p.m. Lizz Wright

7 p.m. Regina Carter Quintet — Violinist Carter has built such a strong reputation as a creative soloist and performer that she's won the respect of the jazz intelligentsia as well as hip-hop luminaries such as Missy Elliott and Faith Evans. Albums like last year's Paganini: After A Dream don't so much blur the line between post-bop jazz and classical music as they impressively erase the need for such distinctions. (Moreau)

8 p.m. Roy Hargrove Quintet — See feature, p. XX.

Contributing: Carlton Hargro, Kevin Moreau, Ronda Racha Penrice, Lee Smith, Nikhil Swaminathan.??