updated 5/24/2011 2:47:12 PM ET 2011-05-24T18:47:12

Celebrates 34th Year of Free Musical Performances on May 28-29, 2011

Tickets for May 30th Show On Sale Now

ATLANTA, May 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs announced the addition of a concert featuring Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews to close out the 34th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival (AJF), which culminates on Memorial Day May 30th. The New Orleans native will showcase his innovative sound— an unprecedented mix of jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop and soul. Tickets to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Center Stage Theater are available at www.ticketmaster.com

"After his amazing performance last year, I'm absolutely thrilled that Trombone Shorty will be returning to join the long list of jazz greats who have been part of the Atlanta Jazz Festival since 1977," said Camille Russell Love, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. "His energy and creativity personifies the spirit of the Festival, and his youthful edge aligns with our goal this year—to cultivate the legacy of jazz."

One of the last free jazz festivals in the U.S., the Atlanta Jazz Festival is a family-oriented event designed to entertain, educate and expose a variety of audiences to jazz. For two full days, [11:00 am - 9:00 pm] the festival will feature something for everyone, including an eclectic mix of straight-ahead, traditional and contemporary jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz. This year's festival will pay homage to a wide array of jazz genres with performances on two stages—the main stage and the new international stage— on May 28th & 29th in Piedmont Park. See full schedule below:

Saturday, May 28th - Piedmont Park, Main Stage

1:00 pm J C Young Middle School Jazz Ensemble
3:00 pm Rialto's MAYWE Jazz Ensemble
5:00 pm Audrey Shakir
7:00 pm Warren Wolf Quintet
9:00 pm Regina Carter's "Reverse Thread"

Saturday, May 28th - Piedmont Park, International Stage

2:00 pm Marea Alta
3:30 pm The Infinite Sound Family
5:00 pm The Myrna Clayton Experience
6:30 pm Oliver Santana & Ellison Jazz

Sunday, May 29th - Piedmont Park, Main Stage

1:00 pm Rialto Jazz for Kids
3:00 pm North Atlanta High School Jazz Band
5:00 pm Sean Jones Quintet
7:00 pm Gerald Clayton Trio
9:00 pm Ninety Miles featuring Stefon Harris, David Sanchez & Christian Scott

Sunday, May 29th – Piedmont Park, International Stage

2:00 pm Tropical Breeze
3:30 pm Neo4
5:00 pm Wild Rice
6:30 pm Rua 6

Monday, May 30th - Center Stage Theater 

8:00 pm An evening with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 

In addition to live musical performances, attendees can enjoy the AJF Marketplace, which features food and retail vendors.  Other festival-related activities include:

  • NBA Nation:  The ultimate fan zone with interactive games for all ages
  • Beer Garden: Adults ages 21 and up can join beer aficionados from Hops City at the Anheuser Busch tent to talk "Jazz and Brews"
  • Kids Zone: Children will have an opportunity play games and have their faces painted
  • And other family-friendly experiences presented by festival sponsors such as Miss Jessie's, the U.S. Tennis Association, American Family Insurance and ESSIE.

Park Rules, Recycling and Traffic Updates

Pets and charcoal grills are prohibited in the park per City of Atlanta festival ordinance. Service animals for disabled persons are permitted, however.

Through its partnership with 511Live.com and the GA Department of Transportation, AJF attendees can get real-time traffic updates and information on parking if needed. During the festival, 10th Street – between Monroe and Charles Allen Drive - will be closed to thru traffic. For the latest developments follow AJF on Facebook: Atlanta Jazz Festival and Twitter: @AtlantaJazzFest. 

"We've worked tirelessly to develop a comprehensive plan to help alleviate traffic bottlenecks and be good stewards of the environment," Love added. "As such, we encourage everyone who attends the Festival to please take MARTA and help us protect Piedmont Park by adhering to the park rules."

ABOUT THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL

Produced by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta Jazz Festival strives to expose and entertain a diverse audience of jazz aficionados, young jazz enthusiasts and musical artists to the rich heritage and full scope of jazz as an authentic form of traditional music.  The Atlanta Jazz Festival builds on the success and heritage of previous festivals by continuing its expansion with a 31-day schedule.  For 34 years, the festival has brought to Atlanta world-renowned performers such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Etta James, Hiroshima, The Neville Brothers, Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis & Winton Marsalis, Nina Simon and Dizzy Gillespie. For more information about the 34th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, please visit www.atlantafestivals.com .   Follow AJF on Facebook: Atlanta Jazz Festival and Twitter: @AtlantaJazzFest.

The 2011 Atlanta Jazz Festival is grateful for the support of its sponsors and partners:  Anheuser Busch, Inc., Georgia Power, Grey Goose Vodka, MARTA, Publix Supermarkets, Travelocity, Lincoln, The Coca-Cola Company, Uptown Magazine, Xfinity, American Family Insurance, Federal Home Loan Bank, Batson-Cook Company, ESSIE, Miss Jessie's, Glamour Paws, Italia, Lanier Parking, Loews Atlanta Hotel, Macy*s, Remix Recycling, Southern Pianos, The Starfire Group, The VIP Room Design Studio, NBA Nation, Carol's Daughter, Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau, 511 Live, 19th Hole Magazine, Atlanta Day Book, Atlanta Inquirer, Atlanta Party Starters, Atlanta Tribune, AtlantaJazz.Info, Candid Jazz, Insite Magazine, V103, WRFG 89.3, JAZZIZ, WCLK, JS108 Atlanta, PINK, Spotlight Atlanta, The Rigsby Group, Crush Soda and El Nuevo.

Media contacts:
Jessica Manning
JM@CampbellManning.com
404.313.7602 

Lalohni Campbell
LA@CampbellManning.com
404.593.7145

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