Atlanta’s “31 Days of Jazz” a month-long series of jazz concerts occuring at various venues throughout the city, is now underway, and the springtime tradition’s centerpiece, as always, will be the three-day Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park on Memorial Day weekend.
One of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, this year’s AJF will feature headliners Thundercat (Friday, May 22nd) and Derrick Hodge (Saturday, May 23rd), bassists whose unique styles and skills have garnered awe and awards, along with veteran tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and his quartet (Sunday, May 24th). Other noteworthy performers include Diane Schuur, the Nettwork Trio, Marcus Strickland and Otis Brown III, plus local acts such as Kenosha Kid and Joe Gransden.
The all-ages festival is free and begins at 7 p.m. May 22nd, and 12:30 p.m. May 23rd and 24th. Admission costs and age restrictions for “31 Days of Jazz” performances vary depending on the particular venue. For a full schedule, visit the atlantafestivals.com website.