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City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs presents 'In the Tradition' Virtual Series

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is presenting a free, eighteen-episode virtual jazz series, called In the Tradition, which will feature jazz artists interviewed by local Atlanta jazz and art leaders. Jazz lovers can view the video interviews live on AtlantaFestivals.com, Facebook, YouTube and Channel 26 on select Tuesdays from April through August 31, 2021.

“We’re excited to present this safe and free virtual interview series to jazz lovers both here in Atlanta and afar,” said Camille Russell Love, executive director – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “It’s our hope that these interviews will spark a deeper appreciation for one of our country’s original artforms and inspire the public to join us at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, which is anticipated to move to fall 2021 when large outdoor events are safe,” she added.

The 43rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is anticipated to take place in fall 2021, after the release of Mayor Bottoms’ moratorium on large outdoor events. The Festival will be rescheduled from its traditional Memorial Day Weekend date out of an abundance of caution due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and will follow all COVID-19 guidelines as determined by Georgia and the City of Atlanta at the date of the Festival.  Updates will be announced on the Atlanta Jazz Festival website and social media channels.

Check out the WCLK 91.9 schedule below featuring Jamal Ahmad, Rivablue, Debb Moore and Ray Cornelius: 


May 2021

May 4 – Laurin Talese/Vocal, interviewed by Ray Cornelius of WCLK-FM

May 11 – Alexey Marti/Percussion, interviewed by Jamal Ahmad of WCLK-FM

May 18 – Theo Croker/Trumpet, interviewed by Debb Moore of WCLK-FM

May 25 – Miguel Zenon/Saxophone, interviewed by Ray Cornelius of WCLK-FM


July 2021

July 6 – Karla Harris/Vocal, interviewed by Ray Cornelius of WCLK-FM

July 20 – Pasquale Grasso/Guitar, interviewed by Rivablue of WCLK-FM


CLICK HERE  to see the full schedule!

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.