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atl jazz fest 2014The 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 2014 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 multiple stages of it. Here’s the lineup:

Friday, May 23

Main Stage

  • 5:00 p.m.: North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band
  • 7:00 p.m.: Roberta Gambarini Quartet
  • 9:00 p.m.: Roy Hargrove Quintet

Saturday, May 24

Main Stage

  • 1:00 p.m. Tri-Cities High School Jazz Band
  • 3:00 p.m. Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • 5:00 p.m.: Ester Rada
  • 7:00 p.m.: Russell Gunn’s Krunk Jazz Orkestra
  • 9:00 p.m.: Christian Scott

International Stage

  • 1:30 p.m.: Edmar Castañeda Trio
  • 3:30 p.m.: Somi
  • 5:30 p.m.: Eldar Trio

Locals Stage

  • 12:30 p.m.: J. C. Young Middle School Jazz Orchestra
  • 2:30 p.m.: Willie Ziavino and the C.O.T. Band
  • 4:30 p.m.: Brian Hogans Quartet

Sunday, May 25

Main Stage

  • 1:00 p.m. Milton High School Jazz Ensemble
  • 3:00 p.m. Airmen of Note
  • 5:00 p.m.: Freddy Cole Quartet
  • 7:00 p.m.: Bill Frisell’s Guitar in the Space Age featuring Scherr and Rudy Royston
  • 9:00 p.m.: Ahmad Jamal

International Stage

  • 1:30 p.m.: Ali Amr
  • 3:30 p.m.: Diego Figueiredo Trio
  • 5:30 p.m.: Cyrille Aimée

Locals Stage

  • 12:30 p.m.: Rialto Jazz for Kids
  • 2:30 p.m.: Darren English Quintet
  • 4:30 p.m.: Kemba Cofield Quartet

Parking’s always tricky in the Piedmont Park area, so plan ahead & opt for MARTA, if possible. The Midtown & Arts Center stations are both just a few blocks from Piedmont Park. You can either walk for take a free Lanier Shuttle ride from either station to the park; shuttles run every 15 minutes during festival hours, depending upon traffic.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

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