The two day jazz festival was once again upon the city of Atlanta and over the course of those days, thousands gathered from around the country and the world once again in Piedmont Park for the May 29th & 30th celebration of jazz. Walking through the entrance to the park at 10th & Charles Allen one felt the excitement of the gathering of fans in attendance.
This year the 31 Days of Jazz was created as a signature program of the Atlanta Jazz Festival and during the month of May, the festival partnered with restaurants and social establishments to celebrate this classic art form. The program implemented the 31 Days Passport Program to provide an interactive method for AJF fans to personally connect with the Festival and its partner venues.
Heralding this festival’s performances were local, national and international favorites Diane Schuur with Jason Marsalis, Groove Project, Hiromi & Stanley Clarke, Hudson on Bass, Jacob Deaton Trio, Jay Norem & Keith White Quartet, Joe Gransden Big Band, Julie Dexter, Kathleen Bertrand, Madoca & Co., Marcus Miller with Christian Scott, Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble Jazz Band, Non-Movement Movement, Our New Dimensions, Rialto Jazz for Kids All Star Big Band, Spyro Gyra, Steven Charles Band, Swing Streets to Swing Beats with Esperanza Spalding and Raydar Ellis, Trombone Shorty, and William Green & the Magic Dream Band
The sponsors of the jazz festival were American Family Insurance, Anheuser Busch, Atlanta Fulton County Arts Council, Charles Loridans Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Lottery, High Museum of Art Access Program, Kendeda Fund, Northern Trust, Publix, Smoothie King, Turner Broadcasting System and the Zeist Foundation. #AJF40