Atlanta Jazz Festival Cancels Kona Pool Party
ATLANTA – May 22, 2017 – Due to a forecast of heavy rain, the Atlanta Jazz Festival announced the cancellation of the Kona Pool Party that was scheduled for Thursday, May 25. The pool party, sponsored by Kona Brewing, will not be rescheduled. Tickets will be refunded.
ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY WITH CONCERT AT CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATRE APRIL 30
Tickets go on sale to the public Feb. 17
ATLANTA, GA – February 17, 2017 – The Atlanta Jazz Festival will celebrate this year’s International Jazz Day with a concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7 p.m., featuring three performances from artists representing South America, Japan and South Africa. The concert, which is part of the 40 Days of Jazz, will include performances by The Jazz Epistles, featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, and Hugh Masekela, along with jazz vocalist, Sofia Rei and jazz pianist, Senri Oe.
International Jazz Day, officially designated April 30 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 2011, highlights jazz and its role of uniting people across the globe. The day is celebrated to develop and increase intercultural exchanges and bring together communities, artists, historians and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to learn about jazz and its roots.
This year, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is celebrating 40 years of presenting memorable jazz performances with a commemorative anniversary logo and by expanding the 31 Days of Jazz to 40 days of exciting events all leading up to the free festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 28, 2017 in Piedmont Park. International Jazz Day concert tickets are $40 in honor of the anniversary.
The International Jazz Day concert will open with a set from Senri Oe, a Sony Music best-selling recording artist. He has been an active and influential lyricist, composer and arranger in the Japanese music scene since 1983. Oe recently completed his fourth album and is also currently producing jazz projects for other talented artists in New York City.
Following Oe, Sofia Rei will perform. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rei is an award winning vocalist, songwriter and producer. With music that explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, flamenco and electronic sounds, Rei is considered one of the most passionate and inventive vocalists on the current New York music scene.
The Jazz Epistles, legends of South African music, are the night’s featured act. They are most well-known for recording the first album by a black South African band. Ibrahim, a South African pianist and composer, is considered the leading figure in the subgenre of Cape Jazz. He was the initiator of the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, and has led a group called Ekaya, which translates to “home,” since 1983. Masekela is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer and singer. He has performed with the Dave Matthew’s Band in Johannesburg, South Africa and played with the orchestra in the musical King Kong.
Tickets to the International Jazz Day concert can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are open to the public beginning today, Friday, February 17.
About Atlanta Jazz Festival®
The Atlanta Jazz Festival 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. Mayor Maynard Jackson founded the original jazz festival to promote the art form that originated in the south. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual musical showcase that celebrates jazz legends and features up-and-coming jazz performers in venues throughout metropolitan Atlanta, culminating on Memorial Day weekend with performances at Piedmont Park, Friday through Sunday.