Dec 8, 2021 | 0 comments

Every year, Atlanta area offers up world-class talent at music festivals that show off the city’s historic neighborhoods, iconic venues and not-very-far-away fields. From perennial favorites to newly launched events, these Atlanta music festivals are hot tickets this year. 


The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is presenting a free, eighteen-episode virtual jazz series, called In the Tradition, which will feature jazz artists interviewed by local Atlanta jazz and art leaders. Jazz lovers can view the video interviews live on, Facebook, YouTube and Channel 26 on select Tuesdays from April 6 through August 31, 2021.  If you think getting into a music festival is out of your budget this year, check out the cost of the Atlanta Jazz Festival: $0. While the main part of the festival is Memorial Day weekend. Neighborhood parks and locally owned restaurants are part of 31 Days of Jazz. The Memorial Day weekend events all happen at Piedmont Park.


I am exceptionally excited about this Festival line up, I love, love, love jazz and listening to it live!  This year of I want to celebrate my birthday Memorial Day Weekend in Piedmont Park.  Yes, this is right where I want to be, and you should join me there.  


April 20 – Michael Phillips/Saxophone, interviewed by Rene Miller of WJZA-AM/FM 
April 27 – Irreversible Entanglements/Band, interviewed by Rene Miller of WJZA-AM/FM 
May 4 – Laurin Talese/Vocal, interviewed by Ray Cornelius of WCLK-FM 
May 11 – Alexey Marti/Percussion, interviewed by Jamal Ahmad of WCLK-FM 
May 18 – Theo Croker/Trumpet, interviewed by Debb Moore of WCLK-FM 
May 25 – Miguel Zenon/Saxophone, interviewed by Ray Cornelius of WCLK-FM 
June 8 – Patti Austin, interviewed by Gail O’Neill 
June 22 – Archie Shepp/Saxophone, interviewed by Dwight Andrews 
July 6 – Karla Harris/Vocal, interviewed by Ray Cornelius of WCLK-FM 
July 20 – Pasquale Grasso/Guitar, interviewed by Rivablue of WCLK-FM 
July 27 – Logan Richardson/Alto Saxophone, interviewed by Dwight Andrews 
August 3 – Yuko Mabuchi/Piano, interviewed by Carl Anthony 
August 10 – Ryan Kilgore/Saxophone, interviewed by Dwight Andrews 
August 17 – Jazzmeia Horn, interviewed by Gail O’Neill 
August 24 – Sean Jones/Trumpet, interviewed by Dwight Andrews 
August 31 – Ron Carter/Bass, interviewed by Carl Anthony


Atlanta Jazz Festival is anticipated to take place in fall 2021, after the release of Mayor Bottoms’ moratorium on large outdoor events. The Festival will be rescheduled from its traditional Memorial Day Weekend date out of an abundance of caution due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and will follow all COVID-19 guidelines as determined by Georgia and the City of Atlanta at the date of the Festival. Updates will be announced on the Atlanta Jazz Festival website and social media channels. For more information, visit


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