Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the pleasure of attending the Atlanta Jazz Festival (AJF) Press Conference on Thursday morning at the City Hall Atrium. Mayor Kasim Reed and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Camille Russell-Love, announced this year’s star-studded list of artists who will grace the stage on Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-24).

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 John Ryan, Mayor Kasim Reed and Camille Russell-Love

 The Atlanta Jazz festival is regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals and showcases an array of jazz legends as well as up-and-coming jazz greats. In addition to announcing this year’s line up, Mayor Reed and Russell-Love also unveiled this year’s official artwork and poster, “Jazzman” which was created by artist John Ryan. Atlanta’s own Joe Gransden and his Big Band provided entertainment for the attendees.

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 Trumpeters Joe Gransden and Melvin Jones

Festival performers include Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Pharoah Sanders and Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone featuring Kathleen Bertrand, Julie Dexter, Rhonda Thomas and Terry Harper. Other festival activities include an official kick-off party, Late Night Jazz Sessions, Neighborhood Jazz Series and 31 Days of Jazz Events throughout the month of May.

Take a look at more press photos below:

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Atlanta Jazz Festival Performers

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AJF Performers Joe Gransden, Kathleen Bertrand with Camille Russell-Love 

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 Atlanta  Cultural Ambassador Keith Knows 

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 Jazz Enthusiast, Richard Dent and Jazz 91.9 WCLK Personality Jay Edwards 

Click here for the full Atlanta Jazz Festival Schedule!

Photo Credits: Ray Cornelius