In the tradition of past festival jazz returns to Piedmont Park over the Memorial Day weekend from May 24 – 26th. Added to this are 26 days of jazz around the city and the sophomore year of the Youth Jazz Band Competition, a collaboration between the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and WCLK, that brought together middle and high school jazz bands to compete for the chance to perform on the mainstage as the opening act each day of the day of the festival. To add to the fun a Kids Zone was added to include family-oriented activities not limited to games, art and puppeteers.
The lineup for the weekend included Bernard Linnette Interactive Sextet, Bobby Sanabria y Ascension, Camille, Dr. Dan, Eddie Palmieri, Fourplay featuring Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason & Larry Carlton, Irvin Mayfield Quintet, Jacques Lesure Quartet, Kathleen Bertrand, Matthias Lupri Group, Maysa, Metalwood, Ojeda Penn Trio, Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, René Marie, Richard Bona, Somi, Soulive, Sunny Jain and Wild Rice.
Sponsoring the 2003 weekend were General Motors, Michelob, Borders Books Music & Movies, Caversham Financial, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Magazine, Comcast, Creative Loafing, Delta Airlines, Hpnotiq, Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK, JazzTimes, MARTA, Mundo Hispanico, Odwalla, Publix Super Markets, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Rolling Out, Smooth Jazz 107.5 WJZZ, Terry manufacturing, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Atlanta Livery Company, The Atlanta Tribune and WSB-TV. #AJF40
The Jazz Voyager is heading to the airport to fly into Midway Airport in the Windy City to check out Greg Osby tomorrow at the infamous nightspot called the Green Mill Jazz Club. Located at 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640 it is open from 12:00pm – 4:00am nightly and 5:00am on Saturdays.
Established in 1907 as Pop Morse’s Roadhouse, a bar and beer garden catering to mourners spilling from the nearby Graceland and Saint Boniface cemeteries. In 1910, the establishment became the Green Mill Gardens under the ownership of real estate developer Tom Chamales. During the Prohibition and Jazz Age years it was patronized by Al Capone and other mobsters and well-to-doers in Chicago and the clubs pedigree had no equal, proffering the best talent in the country.
The clubs notoriety has given it appearances in films like The Joker’s Wild, Ocean’s 12, V.I. Warshawski, The Lake House, High Fidelity, The Break-Up and Prelude to a Kiss.
All types of jazz music are featured at the Green Mill including traditional, bebop, improvisational, contemporary and avant-garde. For more info and reservations 773-878-5552.
They gathered in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day for a weekend of jazz, barbecue, camaraderie and sunshine as they laid blankets and chairs on the lawn in front of the big stage. It was May 25th when the festivities began and they continued until the last note on May 27, 2002. It was not unusual, as a matter-of-fact, it became a common occurrence to see many festival participants in the commemorative T-shirts that were produced over the years. Celebrating the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the city produced an exhibit of the commemorative posters to mark the 25th anniversary.
This year was no less remarkable than the past years and in continuing the tradition jazz fans were given the opportunity to enjoy the talents of the Abbey Lincoln Quartet, Abebi Stafford, Bebel Gilberto, Ben Allison’s New Quartet, Carlos Washington & the Giant People Ensemble, D.D. Jackson Trio, Dan Baraszu, Darren Winters Ensemble, Dennis Springer, Ficciones, Jack West & Curvature, Jimmy Scott, Joshua Redman with Brian Blade & Sam Yahel, Living Daylights Trans-Atlantic, Lizz Wright, Marea Alta, Michel Camilo Trio, Miguel Romero, Mike Blackburn Trio, Mike Kelly, Moment’s Notice, Momentum, New Power Trio, Orquestra Nova Sound, Project Logic featuring DJ Logic, Ray Charles, Rio Negro, Ronny Jordan, Roy Haynes’ Birds of a Feather featuring Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton, John Patitucci & Dave Kikoski, Takana Miyamoto, Tommie Macon & the Gentlemen of Jazz, Winard Harper, Woody Williams Rhythmodics, World Mambo Mission, Xpressions, and Yusef Sharif
This year’s celebration of free jazz would not have been possible without the sponsorship and support of Anheuser-Busch, Publix Supermarkets Charities, Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Wyndham Midtown Atlanta, AT&T, MARTA, JazzTimes, Atlanta Magazine, Rolling Out, Creative Loafing, Mundo Hispanico, WSB-TV, WABE-PBA, WCLK 91.9 FM, WJZZ, WVEE/V103 FM, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Atlanta Livery Company.
May 20 – 28, 2001 and Memorial Weekend festivities loomed over a city in anticipation of another great year. The cavalcade of tents, chairs, blankets, baskets, coolers, grills, sunscreen and sunglasses are evidence of jazz fans head into the various parks and venues for free jazz under the sun and starry skies. This year they performed in Piedmont Park, Centennial Olympic Park, Woodruff Park, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Variety Playhouse, Churchill Grounds, Sambuca Jazz Cafe, Borders, Park Tavern, Gilbert House, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Atrium and Underground Atlanta.
It’s the 24th annual celebration and the fourth year Camille Russell Love is at the helm of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Her programming is impressive and the lineup impeccable as she brought to bear upon a city the talents of local favorites, new names and renowned national and international performers including Afro Rican Ensemble, Afroblue, Army Ground Forces Band, Arturo Sandoval, Audrey Shakir, Babatunde Lea, Bernard Linnette, Bilal Suni Ali, Bill Anschell, Bob James, Brian Blade Fellowship, Cassandra Wilson, Charles Flores Quartet, Chucho Valdes, Darren Winters, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dennis Springer, Dr. Didg, Expressions, Georgia State University Faculty Band, Imani, Jacques Lesure Quartet, Joe Jennings Life Force, Karla McAlpine, Ken Ford, Loston Harris, Medeski Martin and Wood, Michael Franks, Miguel Romero, Najuma, Ojeda Penn Experience, Orquestra Nova Sound, Patti Austin, Phil Davis Quartet, Poncho Sanchez, René Marie, Rick Bell Quintet, Russell Gunn, Saskia Laroo, Seven, Sheila E, Sonny Rollins, Terence Blanchard, The Chronicle, Tommie Macon & the Gentlemen of Jazz, Tropicus 22, Urban Blue, Yusef Lateef, Zelphia
This year’s celebration of free jazz would not have been possible without the sponsorship and support of General Motors, Publix Supermarkets Charities, Chandon Brut Fresco, Robert Mondavi, Bacardi, Budweiser, Wyndham Midtown Atlanta, AT&T Broadband, Cingular Wireless, MARTA, Borders, Atlanta Magazine, Rolling Out, Creative Loafing, The Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company, WSB-TV, WALR/KISS 104.7 FM, WCLK 91.9 FM, WVEE/V103 FM, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mundo Hispanico and The Atlanta Livery Company.
The Jazz Voyager is regrettably leaving France and crossing the pond for the warm climates of Florida’s Space Coast and take in the great live jazz coming out of Heidi’s Jazz Club situated at 7 N Orlando Avenue in Cocoa Beach, 32931. This upscale hangout that opened in 1992 is connected to an Austrian restaurant and for the past twenty-five years has been serving up great jazz, drinks and atmosphere.
Performances are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, with an open jam session on Sunday beginning at 7pm. Reservations are recommended at 321-783-4559 or at heidelbergcocoabeach.com/reservation/.