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Atlantans Unite To Celebrate Love Of Jazz This Memorial Day Weekend Musical Tradition Continued in Piedmont Park for 33rd Year

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ATLANTA, June 9, 2010 – More than 100,000 music-lovers packed Piedmont Park this Memorial Day Weekend in anticipation for the 33rd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival presented by American Family Insurance. Families who have been attending for more than a decade shared the green space in the Meadow with newcomers and visitors alike – united over a love of jazz – for two days of fabulous music, festival fare, exciting and educational children’s activities and much more!

“We received an immerse outpouring of support for this year’s Festival from Atlanta’s music fans, media and sponsors, particularly our 2010 title sponsor, American Family Insurance,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. “It is because of this community’s love of jazz that the City of Atlanta has been able to continue such an amazing tradition for 33 years and bring in artists like Marcus Miller, Christian Scott, Diane Schuur and Jason Marsalis. I am proud to live in a city that craves cultural education like we do, and I am excited to see the Atlanta Jazz Festival continue for years to come.” On Saturday, 24 year-old Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue drew a sun-soaked crowd to their feet with his high energy performance and raw talent. Hundreds of new fans flocked to the artist sales after his performance tent to take home more of his self-proclaimed “supafunkrock” style from his newly released Backatown album. While it was a hard act to follow, Revive Music Group’s Swing Street to Swing Beats featuring special guests Esperanza Spalding & Raydar Ellis, united jazz and hip hop fans for an altogether unique and groundbreaking performance.

Ultimate jazz fans still energized from the days’ performances, continued the celebration of music at the Loews Hotel Atlanta with the annual Late Night Jazz Jam. Local legends Gary Harris and William Green grooved together in the intimate performance setting, and then party patrons, which included professional and amateur musicians, joined in for a one-of-a-kind jam session that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

Returning for their fourth Atlanta Jazz Festival performance, Spyro Gyra’s distinctive hybrid of R&B, Latin, pop and Brazilian sound blew audiences away on Sunday, May 30, much as they have done throughout their more than 30 year career and 25 albums. Bass legend, Stanley Clark closed out the jazz weekend with his highly anticipated performance, featuring composer, keyboardist and rising star, Hiromi.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival Presented by American Family Insurance is proud to have the generous support of Publix, Coca-Cola, Anheuser Busch, Georgia Lottery and Loews Hotel Atlanta.

ABOUT THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL

Produced by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta Jazz Festival builds on the success and heritage of previous festivals by continuing its expansion with a 31-day schedule. It is the mission of the Atlanta Jazz Festival to expose and entertain a diverse audience of jazz aficionados, young jazz enthusiasts and musical artists to the rich heritage and variety of jazz as an authentic form of traditional music. For 33 years, the festival has brought to Atlanta world-renowned performers such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Etta James, Hiroshima, Neville Brothers, Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis & Wynton Marsalis, Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie. For more information, please call 404.853.4234 or visit www.atlantafestivals.com. The 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival is a program of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. For more information about the services of the City of Atlanta, please visit www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26.
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