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 26 – Sunday, May 27. The 41st annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will showcase a variety of jazz acts, from Dianne Reeves to Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, and will include, for the first time in the event’s history, a special lineup of all-female jazz headliners on Saturday.
Along with the Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will host 31 Days of Jazz events throughout Metro Atlanta beginning on May 1. Most of the events are free and will occur all over Metro Atlanta, including at various MARTA stations and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. More information can be found on AtlantaFestivals.com.
The Festival lineup includes a variety of jazz sounds and stylings presented on three stages: The Legends Stage, The Contemporary Stage and The Next Gen Stage. On Saturday, Sasha Berliner Escapades kicks off the festival followed by amazing acts from Jazzmeia Horn, Tia Fuller Quartet, Linda May Han Oh Quintet and more. A sampling of acts performing on Sunday, May 27 include The Bad Plus, Sidewalk Chalk, Matthew Whitaker and Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles. Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings will close the Festival on Sunday at 9 p.m.