Camille Russell Love, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for the city of Atlanta, is today’s Around Atlanta guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Camille is featured on this week’s show to discuss the 38th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, which is held every Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park.

In addition to next week’s festival, Camille’s office has also been celebrating 31 Days of Jazz throughout the city. This precursor to the festival brings jazz to interesting and unusual places, including neighborhood festivals out in the community, at the airport, museums, restaurants and bars, and at Marta stations to greet riders when they disembark.

This year’s event features a variety of events designed to attract a new, younger audience, including the Edgewood Jazz Crawl on Thursday, May 21 from 6 until 11 p.m. Held in collaboration with the new Atlanta Streetcar, the event allows attendees to board the streetcar, ride to the Edgewood district and then “crawl” between the six participating bars. The event will end at Sound Table with a street party.

Another pre-festival event will take place Wednesday night, May 20, at the Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema. Attendees can enjoy a free screening of “One Night with Blue Note” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Stanley Jordan, a jazz artist signed by Blue Note and artist featured in the film, will be at the screening and will take place in a discussion afterward.

The festival itself will take place Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24. Friday night kicks off at 7 p.m. with performances by Mad Satta and Thundercat on the main stage, followed by a late-night concert tribute to Miles Davis at Park Tavern.

Saturday will feature shows on the main stage, international stage and local stage beginning at noon, and will continue throughout the day with school jazz bands, an evening tribute to Blue Note and more. Saturday night will also feature an after-party at Park Tavern with Lil’ John Roberts and His All Star Jam Band.

Sunday will feature a traditional jazz lineup beginning around noon and lasting until the final show is over Sunday night.

Other events and activities taking place during the festival are the kid zone supported by Publix, food and drink vendors, merchandise vendors and more.

With the event being held at Piedmont Park, Camille and the Mayor’s Office ask that visitors take Marta to the city or ride their bikes to the festival’s bike valet. In addition, Camille points out that pets are not allowed on festival grounds during the event, and neither are grills. Instead, she recommends packing light with nothing more than a blanket or chair!

To learn more about Atlanta Jazz Festival and any of the events leading up to next weekend’s main event, visit


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