Atlanta Jazz Festival 2017 lineup includes Robert Glasper, Macy Gray, Freddy Cole


(This story was originally posted on March 13, 2017)

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The Atlanta Jazz Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with three days of music spanning the traditional (Freddy Cole) to the funky (bassist Nik West).

Funk bassist Nik West is a colorful addition to the lineup.

The free, annual gathering in Piedmont Park will take place May 26-28. Last year’s event attracted more than 150,000 attendees, according to festival research, and resulted in a $15.5 million economic impact for the city.

To commemorate the milestone anniversary, this year will also feature 40 Days of Jazz (previously known as 31 Days of Jazz) leading up to the Memorial Day festival. Music and activities launch April 21 with an art gallery opening at Arnika Dawkins Gallery.

Other 40 Days of Jazz events include MARTA Mondays with performances as various MARTA stations, as well as the Neighborhood Jazz Series. ( Click here for a list of all events.)

Also, a 40th anniversary coffee table book – a photo compilation of the history of the festival - has been produced by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and can be purchased for $65.

Here is the complete lineup for the 2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival.

FRIDAY, May 26

Legends Stage

7 p.m. - The Pedrito Martinez Group

9 p.m. - Robert Glasper Experiment


Legends Stage

1 p.m. - The Allan Harris Band

3 p.m. - Regina Carter: Simply Ella

5 p.m. - Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Quintet

7 p.m. - Reńe Marie and Experiment in Truth

9 p.m. - Charles Lloyd Sky Trio

Macy Gray will showcase her pipes at the fest. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center)

Contemporary Stage

1:30 p.m. - Moonchild

3:30 p.m. - Nik West

5:30 p.m. - Nicholas Payton Afro-Caribbean Mixtape

7:30 p.m. - Macy Gray

Next Gen Stage

12:30 p.m. - Little Tybee

2:30 p.m. - Harriet Tubman: The Band

4:30 p.m. - Deva Mahal

6:30 p.m. - Marquis Hill Blacktet

Late Night Jazz Jam // Park Tavern at Piedmont Park

11 p.m. - A Tribute to Miles Davis with Lil John Roberts & the All Star Band, featuring Russell Gunn and Mino Cinelu

SUNDAY, May 28

Legends Stage

1 p.m. - Dwight Andrews

3 p.m. - Joe Jennings & Howard Nicholson’s Life Force

5 p.m. - Celebrating Sarah: Kathleen Bertrand & Friends Honor Sarah Vaughan

7 p.m. - The Joe Gransden Big Band with Audrey Shakir

8 p.m. - The Ojeda Penn Experience

The legendary Freddy Cole returns. Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

9 p.m. - Freddy Cole

Contemporary Stage

1:30 p.m. - Frank Houston

2:15 p.m. - Kemba Cofield

3 p.m. - Darren English

3:45 p.m. - Cleveland P. Jones

4:30 p.m. - Julie Dexter and Jacob Deaton Duo featuring Rasheeda Ali

5:15 p.m. - Mamaniji Azanyah & Mastery

6:15 p.m. - Russell Gunn & African Drums meets Kebbi Williams’ Wolf Pack

7:30 p.m. - Mausiki Scales & Common Ground featuring Giwayen Mata

Next Gen Stage

12:30 p.m. - Rialto Jazz for Kids

2:30 p.m. - Danii Roundtree

4:30 p.m. - Brenda Nicole Moorer

6:30 p.m. - Tivon Pennicott Quartet

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.