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Atlanta Jazz Festival Sunday, April 30 – May 28

2017 April 29
by Susan Asher

Two days after the birthday of the grand master of jazz, Duke Ellington, 40 Days of Jazz, a primer for the Memorial Day Weekend Atlanta Jazz Festival, continues with music this Sunday with the International Jazz Day. Unfortunately, I just discovered the cancellation of the concert that was scheduled at the Rialto Center for the Arts of Georgia State University with The Jazz Epistles, featuring Abdullah Ibrahim on piano, Kippie Moeketsi on alto saxophone, Jonas Gwangwa on trombone, Hugh Masekela on trumpet, Johnny Gertze on bass, and Early Mabuza or Makaya Ntshoko on drums. Boo, hoo, hoo! No one even told me.

Unfortunately, Hugh Maskela, one of the featured headliners with The Jazz Epistles, is ill and cannot travel to the United States, says the Atlanta Jazz Festival website. Instead, Japanese jazz pianist, Senri Oe, will be performing as a soloist this Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m.

Check the calendar here for upcoming jazz events. The festival culminates Memorial Day Weekend with lots of free concerts, including Macy Gray.

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