The lineup for the 2018 Atlanta Jazz Festival was announced and it includes a whole day of performances by groups led by women. The two-day festival celebrates its 41st anniversary with a series of sets on May 26-27 in Piedmont Park. The festival, presented by the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, is free thanks to support from the city, foundations and corporations.
For the first time in the festival’s long history, Saturday’s program features a lineup of groups led solely by female artists, including Dianne Reeves, Jazzmeia Horn, Anat Cohen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Linda May Han Oh, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Shayna Steele, Camille Thurman, Jane Bunnett, Yoko Miwa and Sasha Berliner. Among the headliners on Sunday are Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, the Russell Malone Quartet, the Bad Plus and Matthew Whitaker.