Featured Event

International Jazz Day Concert, April 30, 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. As part of the 40 Days of Jazz, the concert will feature performances from artists representing Israel, Japan, Argentina and South Africa.

International Jazz Day is celebrated to develop and increase intercultural exchanges and bring together communities, artists, historians and jazz enthusiasts across the globe to learn about jazz and its roots.

Jazz vocalist, Tamuz Nissim, jazz pianist, Senri Oe, jazz vocalist, Sofia Rei, and The Jazz Epistles, featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, and Hugh Masekela will perform during this year’s celebration.
Tickets can be purchased online at for just $40.

Artist Spotlight

Kathleen Bertrand, a native Atlantan, is a multifaceted recording artist and writer whose performances have ranged from two Olympic Games to performances before two presidents, as well as appearances at jazz festivals around the world. She has received numerous honors for her jazzy vocal stylings and arts contributions, and was voted Jazz Vocalist of the Year by Black Women Jazz in 2015. She also performed at the press conference on March 13 to announce the festival line-up.

Since 2009, Bertrand has served as founder and executive producer of the annual BronzeLens Film Festival, which was recently named as an Academy Award qualifying film festival, one of only two such designations in the state of Georgia. As a songwriter, she penned the national theme song for the 100 Black Men of America – What They See is What They Will Be – which was released in 2011 and is still receiving play nationwide and world-wide.

Bertrand has returned to the studio in 2017 in preparation for her sixth CD release. To learn more about Kathleen Bertrand, please visit

Upcoming 40 Days of Jazz Events

Atlanta Jazz Festival Book Reveal

  • 40th Anniversary Coffee Table Book opening reception @ Arnika Dawkins Gallery – April 21, 2017, 6 – 8 p.m.

Featured Art Gallery Openings

  • Atlanta Jazz Festival Photo Exhibit Opening @ Chastain Arts Center – April 22, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Festival Poster Opening @ Gallery 72 – May 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Festival News


Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka will be the official presenting sponsor of The Legends Stage for the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 40th anniversary. As part of its sponsorship, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka will be giving away five, two-night stays, each valued around $500.

Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka is a hotel and casino combination located in Wetumpka, Alabama. The casino features an 85,000 square foot gaming floor with more than 2,500 games, while the hotel features four-diamond rated rooms and suites, the Oasis Pool & Bar, views of the beautiful Coosa River and a 24-hour fitness center.

Contests will be announced through media partners and on social media in March.


Annual Jazz Festival Press Conference

The Atlanta Jazz Festival held its annual press conference on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s press conference revealed the 40th anniversary festival line-up and gave a first look at the multi-talented artists performing Memorial Day Weekend.

The Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, announced the line-up and unveiled the official festival artwork - Jazz Is Free As A Bird, by the late great Sam Middleton. There also was a special live performance by jazz vocalist Kathleen Bertrand, and H. Johnson, late night host of WABE’s Jazz Classics, was given a Phoenix Award – the highest honor bestowed on citizens of Atlanta by the Mayor.  For photos and videos from the event, visit the Atlanta Festival Facebook page.

Welcome to our First Mobile Channel!

In honor of Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 40th anniversary and to make information readily available for all festivalgoers, the Atlanta Jazz Festival has launched its first mobile channel.

While it looks like an app, the mobile channel takes up no space on phones and houses all important festival information, including a 40 Days of Jazz event list, a daily artist line-up for festival weekend, FAQs, park rules, as well as information on the most desired hotel accommodations and local restaurant and eatery recommendations.

To view, please visit  Follow the instructions on the Share & Save section to add to your phone's screen.  Every time you visit, the latest version will be in the palm of your hand!
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