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Atlanta Jazz Festival Releases 2019 Lineup

Makaya McCraven, Stefon Harris, Marcus Strickland, and Lizz Wright are among the performers

Makaya McCraven at Red Bull Music Presents: Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings in New York, NY, Dec. 2, 2018
Makaya McCraven at Red Bull Music Presents: Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings in New York, NY, Dec. 2, 2018 (John Tullo/Red Bull Content Pool)

The 42nd edition of the country’s longest-running free jazz festival will include performances from Makaya McCraven, Stefon Harris, and many more in Atlanta, Ga., this Memorial Day weekend.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is set for Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, 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.

Artists will perform for more than 150,000 attendees on three newly named stages: the Meadow Stage, Oak Hill Stage, and Park Drive Stage.

In addition to the festival, the mayor’s cultural affairs office will again host “31 Days of Jazz” events beginning on May 1. Most of the events are free and will occur in locations across metro Atlanta, including at various MARTA stations, neighborhood parks, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

For more on the 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival, visit its website.

The festival schedule follows:

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Park Drive Stage:
12:30 p.m. Avery Dixon
2:30 p.m. Joel Ross ‘Good Vibes’
4:30 p.m. Christian Sands
6:30 p.m. Makaya McCraven

Oak Hill Stage:
1:30 p.m. Ofer Assaf Quartet
3:30 p.m. Delfeayo Marsalis
5:30 p.m. Takuya Kuroda
7:30 p.m. Richard Bona

Meadow Stage:
1 p.m. Alicia Olatuja
3 p.m. Stefon Harris + Blackout
5 p.m. Rhonda Ross & Rodney Kendrick
7 p.m. Marcus Strickland ‘Twi-Life’ feat. Pharoahe Monche
9 p.m. Lizz Wright

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Park Drive Stage:
12:30 p.m. Rialto Jazz for Kids
2:30 p.m. Nicole Banks Long
4:30 p.m. Slim Gambill
6:30 p.m. Michael Mayo

Oak Hill Stage:
1:30 p.m. The Kenny Banks, Jr. Trio
3:30 p.m. OKCello
5:30 p.m. Freelance
7:30 p.m. Kandace Springs

Meadow Stage:
1 p.m. The Milkshake Quintet
3 p.m. Alex Lattimore
5 p.m. Gary Motley
7 p.m. Rhonda Thomas
9 p.m. The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra

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