The 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival — taking place Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park — will emphasize emerging talent, from singer Cécile McLorin Salvant to saxophonist, composer and bandleader Tia Fuller.


Piedmont Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily for the free Saturday-Sunday-Monday festival, with two KidZone areas with games, inflatables and activities. Booths will display (and sell) art, clothing and jewelry. And food vendors will be on hand.

The festival’s sounds will fill two stages (main and international) and include traditional straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, swing, neo-soul, hip-hop, R&B and world music. Other artists lined up include trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, vocalist José James, Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz and his quartet, singer Gretchen Parlato and saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa.

The 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the city of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

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Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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