Radio Facts:  width=“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,

May 1 Rialto Center for the Arts Rialto Jazz for Kids JazzFest, 6p
May 2 Underground Atlanta Eat Street! Food Truck Wednesday, 11a-2p
May 4 Atlanta City Hall Lunchtime Jazz in the Atrium, 11a-2p
May 5 Clark Atlanta University CAU’s Jazz Under The Stars featuring Rachelle Ferrell, 7-10p
May 6 Centennial Park Fiesta Atlanta ““ Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 10a-7p
May 7 Café 290 Jazz featuring Joe Gransden, 6p-2a
May 9 Sun Dial Restaurant Live Jazz featuring the Mose Davis Trio, 7-11p
May 11 Fernbank Museum Martinis & IMAX featuring the Derryl Rivers Band, 6:30-11p
May 12 Hammonds House Museum Jazz in the Garden featuring the Lucky Street Band, 7-10p
May 13 Acoustix Jazz Restaurant Jazzbeat Sunday featuring Eric Essix, 7:30p
May 18 High Museum of Art Friday Jazz featuring Takana Miyamoto, 5p-Midnight
May 19 Perkerson Park Neighborhood Jazz at Perkerson Park, 2-6p
May 20 Justin’s Restaurant Jazzing with Justin’s, 7p
May 21 Sweet Georgia‘s Juke Joint All Jazzed Up, 6:30p
May 22 Briza Restaurant Live Jazz @ Renaissance Atlanta Midtown
May 23 Peachtree Center Groovin at Noon, 11:45a-1:45p
May 24 Loews Atlanta Hotel Live @ Loews featuring Ojeda Penn, 8-10p
May 25 Loews Atlanta Hotel AJF Kickoff Cabaret featuring Johnny O’Neal, 7-10p
May 26 Piedmont Park Live Jazz on two stages, 1-11p
May 27 Piedmont Park Live Jazz on two stages, 1-11p
May 27 Loews Atlanta Hotel Late Night Jazz Jam hosted by Jason Orr, 10p-2a
May 28 Piedmont Park Live Jazz on two stages, 1-11p
May 29 Arizona’s Steak House Jazzy Tuesday Night, 7:30p
May 31 Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Jazz at the Airport, 5-7p

While 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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