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Rhonda Ross, Christian Sands, Kandace Springs & more to perform at Atlanta Jazz Festival

The Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to present The Atlanta Jazz Festival---May 25-26 at historic Piedmont Park from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

The Atlanta Jazz Fesitval is regarded as one of the country's largest free jazz festivals and invites music lovers from around the region to be immersed in jazz music culture. Founded by the late Maynard Jackson, The Atlanta Jazz Festival promotes the art form that originated in the south. It also celebrates jazz legends and features up-and-coming jazz performers in venues throughout the metro area. 

This year's lineup includes a variety of jazz sounds and stylings that will delight more than 150,000 attendees on the three newly named stages: The Meadow Stage (formerly the Main Stage), Oak Hill Stage (formerly The Contemporary Jazz Stage) and Park Drive Stage ( formerly the Next Generation Stage)


Park Drive Stage:

12:30 p.m.Avery Dixon, Saxophone Extraordinaire

2:30 p.m.Joel Ross ‘Good Vibes’

4:30 p.m.Christian Sands

6:30 p.m.Makaya McCraven


Oak Hill Stage: 

1:30 p.m.Ofer Assaf Quartet

3:30 p.m.Delfeayo Marsalis

5:30 p.m.Takuya Kuroda

7:30 p.m.Richard Bona


Meadow Stage:

1 p.m.Alicia Olatuja

3 p.m.Stefon Harris + Blackout

5 p.m.Rhonda Ross & Rodney Kendrick

7 p.m.Marcus Strickland ‘Twi-Life’ feat. Pharoahe Monche

9 p.m.Lizz Wright



Park Drive Stage:

12:30 p.m.Rialto Jazz for Kids

2:30 p.m.Nicole Banks Long

4:30 p.m.Slim Gambill

6:30 p.m.Michael Mayo


Oak Hill Stage:

1:30 p.m.The Kenny Banks, Jr. Trio

3:30 p.m.OKCello

5:30 p.mFreelance

7:30 p.m.Kandace Springs


Meadow Stage:

1 p.m.The Milkshake Quintet

3 p.m.Alex Lattimore

5 p.m.Gary Motley

7 p.m.Rhonda Thomas

9 p.m.The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra


In addition to the Festival, the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs will host 31 Days of Jazz eventsthroughout the metro area beginning this week. Most of the events are free and will occur in a variety of locations including various MARTA stations, neighborhood parks and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


WCLK 91.9 is the "official station" for the Atlanta Jazz Festival and will be hosting the "Oak Hill Stage" on May 25 and May 26. All of your favorite personalities will be there with lots of music, giveaways and much more. Stay tuned to WCLK.com as we will share more information with you in the coming weeks.  

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.