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Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018: lineup, transportation, other information


The big stages during the  31 days of jazz performances throughout May will be filled this weekend at Piedmont Park.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival, now in its 41st year, will take place from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with music being performed across three stages in the park.

The free festival features headliners Dianne Reeves on Saturday and Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings (formerly Sharon Jones’ backup crew) on Sunday. Other performers include the Tia Fuller Quartet, The Bad Plus, Jazzmeia Horn, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles and Shayna Steele.

A few reminders if you’re heading to the annual gathering:

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  • Don’t park in the neighborhood without the required pass, or you will be towed. The closest MARTA stations are Midtown and Arts Center and Lyft will have a drop-off/-pick-up area. For the bikers, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will have a free bike valet station on 10th Street, near Park Tavern.
  • No pets, but the Piedmont Park Dog Park will be open as usual.
  • Outside food is welcome. Grilling and glass products are not.

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The lineup:



Next Gen Stage:

12:30 p.m. Sasha Berliner Escapades

2:30 p.m. Camille Thurman

4:30 p.m. Shayna Steele

6:30 p.m. Linda May Han Oh Quintet

Contemporary Stage:

1:30 p.m. Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek & Tomas Fujiwara

3:30 p.m. Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science

5:30 p.m. Anat Cohen Quartet

7:30 p.m. Jazzmeia Horn

Legends Stage:

1 p.m. Yoko Miwa Trio

3 p.m. Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

5 p.m. The Ingrid Jensen Collective

7 p.m. Tia Fuller Quartet

9 p.m. Dianne Reeves


Next Gen Stage:

12:30 p.m. Rialto Jazz for Kids

2:30 p.m. Antoine Roney Trio featuring Kojo Roney

4:30 p.m. Morgan Guerin

6:30 p.m. Matthew Whitaker

Contemporary Stage:

1:30 p.m. The Georgia Horns

3:30 p.m. Richie Goods & The Goods Project

5:30 p.m Sidewalk Chalk

7:30 p.m. Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Legends Stage:

1 p.m. The Lao Tizer Quartet featuring Eric Marienthal

3 p.m. The Russell Malone Quartet

5 p.m. M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz All Stars

7 p.m. The Bad Plus

9 p.m. Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings

About the Author

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.

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