Atlanta Jazz Festival feat. Mike Phillips as the Ambassador

Atlanta Jazz Festival May 27, 2011


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 May 27, 2011


The 34th Annual

Atlanta 2011 Jazz Festival


Memorial Day Weekend
May 28 – 29
@ Piedmont Park
11am – 11pm
Camille Love Director  Office of Cultural Affairs welcomes the public to its FREEfestival this weekend.
The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to present the 34th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. One of the Country’s largest FREE jazz festivals held each Memorial Day weekend featuring show-stopping performances at Piedmont Park.  This year’s festival showcases several up-and-coming jazz artists including Audrey Shakir, Warren Wolf Quintet, Regina Carter, Sean Jones Quintet, Gerald Clayton Trio and Ninety Miles performing on the main stage.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is a family friendly event.  There are several activities designed for children 10 and under including face painters and balloon art in the “kid zone” next to the playground. Grills are available for your family cookout.  The international jazz stage will be nearby so families can enjoy live music while the kids play and are entertained.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival has made a commitment to be a “green” festival.  While at the festival, visit the Go Green Jazz Village which will include a recycling exchange center, carbon footprint testing and water conservation demonstrations.  The use of online mediums such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival website, Facebook and Twitter have been used to reduce the amount of printed material.
In keeping with the Go Green Jazz initiative, a free iphone app is available on itunes which offers a paperless alternative with everything needed to plan your festival experience. Access information such as the festival Schedule, List of Performers and General Information.  Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, the Atlanta Jazz Festival 2011 Guide is your inside look into Atlanta’s hottest restaurants, bars & clubs, shopping and hotels with hundreds of curated listings brought to you by the editors of Uptown Magazine.
Bring your chairs or blanket and prepare to spend the day at Piedmont Park enjoying live jazz music!  This event is FREE and open to the public.  No pets allowed.
For a complete schedule of events and performers visit and click the “Performers” tab.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is also pleased to present:
AJF Late Night Jazz Jam
Saturday, May 28th
Loews Atlanta Hotel:
Ellington Ballroom
Grammy award-winning saxophonist Mike Phillips, the  festival’s first Ambassador, with special guest saxophonist Mike Burton and opening performance by Chandra Currelley $25/door.
Trombone Shorty
“King of the Jazzfest Jam”
Monday, May 30th
Center Stage Theatre









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  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Office of Cultural Affairs Director Camille Love






















 April 21, 2011


Atlanta Jazz Festival 2011 Launch Party Features Mayor Reed


The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs presents the 34th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival May 28-30, 2011.  A preview party was held on Thursday, April 21st at the Loews Atlanta Hotel – the official hotel for the 2011 Atlanta Jazz Festival.  The evening included a food tasting from eight local restaurants, Grey Goose cocktails and a musical performance by the JC Young Middle School’s Jazz Ensemble with Special Guest, Grammy-nominated trum-peter,  Russell Gunn.  It was also announced that a free iphone app will be available for the first time this year! Users will have access to the Atlanta Jazz Festival events on their ipod or iphone. The app is scheduled to be released in early May.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Office of Cultural Affairs Director Camille Love were on hand to help kick off the festivities.
Atlanta has become a premier destination for jazz and entertain-ment,” said Camille Russell Love. “Our long-standing partner-ships with Piedmont ParkChastain Park Amphitheater, our sponsors and partners make it possible to present a world-class experience for residents and visitors.  When you look at the festival’s unique commitment to jazz in its purest form, it is exciting for the Atlanta Jazz Festival to be a catalyst for introducing emerging talent.  We work hard to stay ahead-of-the-curve and to create an experience that presents cutting edge talent.”
“I am truly excited to celebrate the 34th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival,” said Mayor Reed. “This annual tradition embodies the legacy of one of America’s greatest art forms, while serving as the premier outlet for a new generation to embrace the jazz culture.”
Regarded as one of the country’s largest FREE jazz festivals, this annual celebration showcases jazz legends as well as up-and-coming jazz artists. The mission of the Atlanta Jazz Festival is to expose and entertain a diverse audience of Jazz aficionados, young Jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musicians to the rich heritage and variety of Jazz as an authentic form of traditional music.  The Atlanta Jazz Festival provides the City with an opportunity to unify Atlanta’s diverse population, to celebrate Atlanta’s heritage and to promote tourism.
The 2-day Memorial Day weekend concert held in Piedmont Park tops off 31 days of Jazz in Atlanta featuring live jazz performances at venues across the city throughout the month of May.  Grammy Award winning saxophonist, Mike Phillips has joined as the first ever Atlanta Jazz Festival Ambassador.  The addition of the Budweiser International Jazz Stage will bring Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova and other globally inspired jazz genres to the festival for all to enjoy.  A bonus third day has been added to the Jazz Festival weekend this year.  Come out to Chastain Amphitheater on May 30th for Jazz under the stars featuring performances by George DukeMarcus MillerDavid Sanbornand Trombone Shorty.  Tickets available through Ticketmaster or charge by phone: 800-745-3000begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800-745-3000      end_of_the_skype_highlightingbegin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800-745-3000      end_of_the_skype_highlightingbegin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800-745-3000      end_of_the_skype_highlightingbegin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800-745-3000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.