Tune into Atlanta Jazz Festival's social media to celebrate 31 Days of Jazz
Tune into Atlanta Jazz Festival's social media to celebrate 31 Days of Jazz
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Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Launches Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions Free, Virtual Jazz Experiences to Celebrate the
31 Days of Jazz in May

Atlanta Jazz Festival’s social media platforms will feature newly recorded sessions
of Atlanta jazz artists every evening at 9 p.m.

ATLANTA - April 30, 2020
- While the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival postponed its Memorial Day Weekend event due to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is excited to announce the launch of Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions to celebrate 31 Days of Jazz this year. Traditionally, the Atlanta Jazz Festival has hosted 31 Days of Jazz as live events that take place around metro Atlanta during May leading up to Festival weekend. This year select Atlanta jazz artists have been recording their sessions that will be available at 9 p.m. each evening beginning Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 31.

“Given the fact that we are still researching options to hold the festival later this year, we couldn’t let 31 Days of Jazz go by without a celebration. Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions will not only provide entertainment, but also help to share positive energy while we all maintain safety precautions as advised by the CDC,” said OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love. “We have faith that Atlanta will flatten the curve, and when it is safe to gather again, we will be prepared for a great festival weekend. In the meantime, everyone in Atlanta, the U.S. and the world can tune in to hear some amazing jazz performances by Atlanta artists,” she added.

The OCA has selected a specially curated list of exceptionally talented local singers, musicians and bands to record 30-minute sessions resulting in unique virtual music experiences showcasing a mastery of jazz. The video recordings will be posted at 9 p.m. each night on the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Facebook page, and then will be available on the official Atlanta Jazz Festival website the next day.

The Phil Davis Quartet will kick off the Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions on Friday, May 1, at 9 p.m., followed by Mike Burton Quartet and the duo of Joe Gransden and Kenny Banks Sr. on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, respectively. OCA will release the first full week of artists filled with venerable performers on Monday, May 4, including Gritz and Jelly Butter, Kathleen Bertrand, Myrna Clayton and Julie Dexter. Check the AJF website www.atlantafestivals.com frequently for performance updates, the new festival date and other events.


About Atlanta Jazz Festival
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the country's largest free jazz festivals and invites music lovers from around the region to be immersed in jazz music culture. Mayor Maynard Jackson founded the Festival to promote the art form that originated in the south. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual musical showcase that celebrates jazz legends and features up-and-coming jazz performers in venues throughout metropolitan Atlanta, culminating on Memorial Day weekend with performances at Piedmont Park. For more information, please visit www.atlantafestivals.com and follow Atlanta Jazz Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans also can access information on the go by visiting ATLJazzFest.com from their smart device.


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