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2012 Atlanta Jazz Festival – Get Ready!

Posted in Atlanta Jazz Festival 2012, JazzLives! with tags , on April 18, 2012 by curtjazz

Official 2012 Atlanta Jazz Festival Artwork by Corey Barksdale

You may recall that last May, I documented in this blog my family’s trip to the 34th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Last year, it was a spur of the moment decision that we made, based on the luck of our work schedules. The music was great and we had a great time, until my Sunday evening eye incident.

Well, this year we are well ahead of schedule. And I plan to carry plenty of insect repellent to keep nasty flying things out of my face. It’s a good thing, as the lineup is even stronger than last year’s.

First of all there’s an extra day of free music. Where the 2011 Festival had two free days; this year the free portion of the festival in Piedmont Park extends through Monday. And we will be there to catch every minute.

Here’s a look at this year’s lineup:

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sunday, May 27

Monday, May 28

In addition to these artists on the Main Stage, there will also be a lot happening on the Atlanta International Jazz Stage, where some fine up and coming artists will be featured, such as bassist Omer Avital, vocalist/trombonist Saunders Sermons and trumpeter Melvin Jones, who set the house on fire on the main stage last year, in an appearance with vocalist Audrey Shakir.  The International Stage shows go on simultaneously with the Main Stage shows, but it’s definitely worth checking out at some point during the weekend.

And for those of you unfamiliar with the AJF, that was not a typo earlier, it is free.  One of the largest and finest free jazz festivals in the country, or even in the world.  So get there early, bring your lawn chair and your cooler and make a weekend of it.  I’ll be dropping blog posts regularly over the next six weeks, leading up to the festival, with further information about the artists. I’ll also be vlogging live from the festival, as we did last year.

For information about Piedmont Park, a full event schedule and hotel accommodation suggestions, visit the Atlanta Jazz Festival website.

Well see you in the ATL on May 26th!

For Father’s Day – A Great Son of Jazz

Posted in JazzLives!, The Jazz Continues... with tags , , , , on June 18, 2011 by curtjazz

On Father’s Day, Charlotte will be hosting a concert by a son of “America’s First Family of Jazz”.  NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis will appear at the McGlohon Theatre in Spirit Square on Sunday, June 19; at 7:30 p.m.

This will be the internationally acclaimed trombonist/producer/educator’s second appearance in Charlotte this year.  He was last with us in February for a series of educational workshops and concerts. He also took time out for a hot jam session at Sullivan’s in South End, which was documented in this blog

Here’s Delfeayo and his dad Ellis, on “Sultry Serenade”

Marsalis is of course, the son of renowned pianist/educator Ellis Marsalis and the brother of jazzmen Branford, Wynton and Jason Marsalis.  His father and brothers share the NEA Jazz Master Award with Delfeayo.  He’ll be playing selections from his latest critically acclaimed album Sweet Thunder (Duke & Shak) and more.   The JAI All-Star Youth Jazz Ensemble will open this event.

The concert is being presented by the Jazz Arts Initiative, a new non-profit organization made up of educators, cultural arts patrons, musicians and individuals dedicated to the continued development of Charlotte’s arts heritage.

The remaining tickets are on sale for $25. (The $35 VIP seats are sold out.) They are available online through CarolinaTix

I will be there, courtesy of a generous Father’s Day gift from my wife and son. I hope to see you there too.

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