Atlanta Renames Month of May: “31 Days of Jazz”


“The 2012 Atlanta Jazz Festival will officially begin on May 1st,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. “For the entire month of May we are partnering with parks, restaurants, clubs and venues around Atlanta to host jazz related events. We are renaming May this year and we'll call it “˜31 Days of Jazz!' We've got something for everyone…from the soulful sounds of the Mose Davis Trio at Sun Dial, to spicy Latin jazz at Fiesta Atlanta in Centennial Park, to legendary pianist Johnny O'Neal at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. We hope that people will get out and explore some new hot spots and eateries around the city, and truly get into the community spirit of the festival.”Here are just some of the activities that are scheduled for “31 Days of Jazz.” Many of the events are free, but some are ticketed and there is an admission charge. For details please check our web site, 1 Rialto Center for the Arts Rialto Jazz for Kids JazzFest, 6pMay 2 Underground Atlanta Eat Street! Food Truck Wednesday, 11a-2pMay 4 Atlanta City Hall Lunchtime Jazz in the Atrium, 11a-2pMay 5 Clark Atlanta University CAU's Jazz Under The Stars featuring Rachelle Ferrell, 7-10pMay 6 Centennial Park Fiesta Atlanta ““ Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 10a-7pMay 7 Café 290 Jazz featuring Joe Gransden, 6p-2aMay 9 Sun Dial Restaurant Live Jazz featuring the Mose Davis Trio, 7-11pMay 11 Fernbank Museum Martinis & IMAX featuring the Derryl Rivers Band, 6:30-11pMay 12 Hammonds House Museum Jazz in the Garden featuring the Lucky Street Band, 7-10pMay 13 Acoustix Jazz Restaurant Jazzbeat Sunday featuring Eric Essix, 7:30pMay 18 High Museum of Art Friday Jazz featuring Takana Miyamoto, 5p-MidnightMay 19 Perkerson Park Neighborhood Jazz at Perkerson Park, 2-6pMay 20 Justin's Restaurant Jazzing with Justin's, 7pMay 21 Sweet Georgia‘s Juke Joint All Jazzed Up, 6:30pMay 22 Briza Restaurant Live Jazz @ Renaissance Atlanta MidtownMay 23 Peachtree Center Groovin at Noon, 11:45a-1:45pMay 24 Loews Atlanta Hotel Live @ Loews featuring Ojeda Penn, 8-10pMay 25 Loews Atlanta Hotel AJF Kickoff Cabaret featuring Johnny O'Neal, 7-10pMay 26 Piedmont Park Live Jazz on two stages, 1-11pMay 27 Piedmont Park Live Jazz on two stages, 1-11pMay 27 Loews Atlanta Hotel Late Night Jazz Jam hosted by Jason Orr, 10p-2aMay 28 Piedmont Park Live Jazz on two stages, 1-11pMay 29 Arizona's Steak House Jazzy Tuesday Night, 7:30pMay 31 Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Jazz at the Airport, 5-7pWhile you are out enjoying jazz at the various venues, pick up a brochure and enter the Passport Program contest. The grand prize includes a two-night stay at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, dinner for two at one of the festival restaurant partners, a commemorate t-shirt and poster, and a special VIP Experience for two at the festival in Piedmont Park!Sponsors for this year's festival are The Coca-Cola Company, Publix Super Markets, PNC Bank, Clear, Cartoon Network, Chick-Fil-A, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Loews Atlanta Hotel, BJ‘s Wholesale Club, Cayrum, Central Atlanta Progress, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, MARTA, Southern Pianos, Lanier Parking, Atlanta Inquirer, Atlanta Tribune, INsite Atlanta‘s Entertainment Monthly, The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Uptown Magazine, Atlanta Daybook, Rolling Out,, V103, 1380 WAOK, WCLK Jazz 91.9 and 89.3FM WRFG.

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