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36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival hits Piedmont Park
36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival hits Piedmont Park

ATLANTA -- Piedmont Park, located in the heart of midtown Atlanta, is the perfect setting for the festival over Memorial Day Weekend: May 25-27. The historic site includes meadows, tennis courts, a swimming pool, gardens and a picturesque lake. It is conveniently located near numerous hotels and inns, and is within walking distance of some of the city’s best restaurants.  MARTA, Atlanta’s rapid transit system, is just blocks away.

The festival will present three days of music on two stages with some of today’s most vibrant national and international performers including Rudresh Mahanthappa, Uri Gurvich, Aruán Ortiz, Ginou, Rio Negro, Miguel Zenón and Cécile McLorin Salvant.  Audiences will experience unique musical performances with influences from India, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Israel and France.

Jazz Education Workshops will be presented daily at Magnolia Hall from 11 am to 1 pm.  Noted musicians and industry experts will host panels on a variety of interesting topics including the history of jazz, women’s roles in the evolution of Jazz, and different genres of Jazz.  All ages are welcome.

During the festival, Piedmont Park will be open from 11 am to 11 pm daily.  Admission is FREE. The family-friendly atmosphere will include a KidZone area, sponsored by Publix Super Markets, with games, inflatables and activities. Shopping will be available in booths displaying unique art, clothing and jewelry.  A variety of food vendors will tempt your taste buds with BBQ, gyros, burgers, Caribbean foods and more!

For complete performance schedule, visit Tastemaker Magazine.

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