It’s the Gateway to the South where this Jazz Voyager is heading in anticipation of a great jazz weekend at the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont park. The festival turns 40 this year and there’s no other place to be than in the park celebrating this anniversary. For those veterans who’ve been there, you know No charcoal, only gas grills and no dogs allowed on the festival grounds.
For the initiates, be for-warned as the vets know you have to get in early to get your ideal spot for lawn chairs and blankets, tents, food and grills. There’s going to be thousands of folks gathering once again to celebrate this banner year of the festival. Bring plenty of water to keep hydrated and watch your children. Don’t want any lost boys and girls. Other than that, check out the lineup below, print a copy and see you there. Enjoy yourself!!!
Saturday, May 27th – Legends Stage:
The Allan Harris Band | 1:00pm
Regina Carter: Simply Ella | 3:00pm
Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Quintet | 5:00pm
Reńe Marie and Experiment in Truth | 7:00pm
Charles Lloyd Sky Trio | 9:00pm
Late Night Jazz Jam: Park Tavern at Piedmont Park
The Miles Davis Electric Band Tribute All Star Jam with Lil’ John Roberts feat. Russell Gunn and Miles Davis band member Mino Cinelu | 11:00pm
Sunday May 28th – Legends Stage:
Dwight Andrews | 1:00pm
Joe Jennings & Howard Nicholson’s Life Force | 3:00pm
Celebrating Sarah: Kathleen Bertrand & Friends Honor Sarah Vaughan | 5:00pm
The Joe Gransden Big Band with Alexandra Jackson | 7:00pm
The Ojeda Penn Experience with Jean Carne | 8:00pm
Freddy Cole | 9:00pm
Frank Houston | 1:30pm
Kemba Cofield | 2:15pm
Darren English | 3:00pm
Cleveland P. Jones | 3:45pm
Julie Dexter and Jacob Deaton Duo featuring Rasheeda Ali | 4:30pm
Mamaniji Azanyah & Mastery | 5:15pm
Russell Gunn & African Drums meets Kebbi Williams’ Wolf Pack | 6:15pm
Mausiki Scales & Common Ground featuring Giwayen Mata | 7:30pm
The Jazz Voyager is heading to the eastern Mediterranean for some jazz on the island of Cypress. Nestled on the southern coast of the island is the city of Limassol, where my travels end listening to jazz at a wine bar called Vinylio.
Hosting regular jazz nights within its warm, atmospheric interior one can retreat from the chilly evenings. With candlelight flickering across the walls I look forward to enjoying the music of popular local bands such as Mood Indigo or Ioanna Troullidou & George Morfitis.
Vinylio is open 7:00pm until 1:00am and is located in the old town of Limassol at 33 Agkiris St, Limassol. For more information on who’s playing live jazz every Friday and Saturday night, the number is (+357) 96-810119.
With reservations made at 313-882-5299, this Jazz Voyager is all set to head out to Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan for some dinner and jazz Tuesday night with the Charles Boles Quartet at the The Dirty Dog Jazz Café located at 97 Kercheval Avenue, 48236, just thirteen miles from Detroit.
Seating just 65 diners and jazz enthusiasts each night, one is afforded the opportunity to enjoy legends, icons, and greenhorns of the jazz world. The café is modeled after an English pub, so there are lots of dark wood leather seats and lots of deep reds. The cuisine is upscale and eclectic and the music is live in this intimate space. Be warned music is played through dinner from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, so there just may be some chatter, hopefully not too loud.
Just got off the plane in Beantown and this Jazz Voyager is going to Uber to the hotel, make my reservation for jazz tomorrow, then cruise around town and visit some old haunts and get some new ones before catching up with some friends and and have a good meal while hanging out in Roxbury for the night.
Sunday morning I will be heading off to the jazz brunch with Jeff Felder & Friends from 10:30 – 2:20pm at DCBK at 604 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118. Its official name is Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen and serves up old-fashioned Southern eats, live jazz and is opened Tuesday through Sunday. For reservations 617-536-1100.
With a full belly and head of music it’s back to the hotel to finish off this two-day get away with a well-deserved lounge and movie binge watching, good night sleep, morning checkout and heading to the airport for my next destination.
Deplaning on the other side of the big pond, this Jazz Voyager is filled with the anticipation of sitting in a jazz club aptly named The Crypt, situated under a church. Located at 1 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa, it has been a labor of love for its creators, among them the dean of St. George’s Cathedral, a jazz enthusiast whose vision for the cathedral as the people’s church led him to reach out to the broader community through the universal language of jazz.
In celebration of International Jazz Day tomorrow I will be privy to a Tribute to Louis Armstrong with his music performed by trumpeter Eddie Backhouse, vocalists Charlette Dickson and Graham Burton, bassist Wesley Rustin, drummer Jack Momple, Willy Haubrich on trombone & trumpet, Willie Van Zylon saxophones and pianist Derk Blaisse.
At the present time patrons must bring their own alcoholic beverages while the restaurant is re-applying its liquor license, which requires a period of prohibition for the sale of liquor. A per bottle service fee will be charged as follows: Wine/R50 ($3.74), Beer & Ciders/R10 ($0.75), Spirits/R150 ($11.22), Brut/R100 ($7.48). (13.37 South African Rand equals $1.00)
Closed Sunday and Monday it’s hours of operation are from 7:00pm to midnight. Cover Charge: R100 per person. For reservations: sms or whatsapp +27 79 683 4658 or email at email@example.com. #jazz voyager