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atl jazz fest 2013The Atlanta Jazz Festival remains one of my favorite festivals in the ATL–nothing beats live jazz music. I plan be there at least one day this weekend to relax in the shade and listen to back-to-back free concerts:

On Memorial Day Weekend, the 2013 Atlanta Jazz Festival will take place at Piedmont Park. Like most festivals, it has its share of things to do, but the best part is the music, and there’ll be two stages of it. Here’s the lineup:

Saturday, May 25

Main Stage

  • 1:00 p.m. Stephenson High School Jazz Ensemble
  • 3:00 p.m. Aaron Diehl Quartet
  • 5:00 p.m.: Alexandra Jackson
  • 7:00 p.m.: Meshell Ndegeocello
  • 9:00 p.m.: Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet

International Jazz Stage

  • 2:00 p.m.: Tri-Cities High School Jazz Band
  • 3:30 p.m.: Aruán Ortiz Quartet
  • 5:00 p.m.: Rio Negro
  • 6:30 p.m.: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Sunday, May 26

Main Stage

  • 1:00 p.m. North Atlanta Center for The Arts Jazz Band
  • 3:00 p.m. Rialto Jazz for Kids All Star Jazz Band
  • 5:00 p.m.: Jacob Deaton and the Tribulaton Band
  • 7:00 p.m.: Gretchen Parlato
  • 9:00 p.m.: Tia Fuller

International Jazz Stage

  • 3:30 p.m.: J. C. Young Middle School Jazz Ensemble
  • 5:00 p.m.: Ginou Oriol
  • 6:30 p.m.: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak

Monday, May 26

Main Stage

  • 1:00 p.m. Benjamin Mays High School Jazz Orchestra
  • 3:00 p.m. Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • 5:00 p.m.: Julie Dexter
  • 7:00 p.m.: The Dominick Farinacci Group
  • 9:00 p.m.: José James

International Jazz Stage

  • 3:30 p.m.: The Westlake High School Jazz Ensemble
  • 5:00 p.m.: Uri Gurvich Quartet
  • 6:30 p.m.: The Miguel Zenón Quartet

Parking’s always tricky in the Piedmont Park area, so plan ahead & opt for MARTA, if possible.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

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