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Joe Gransden helps kick off the Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions.
Joe Gransden and Kenny Banks Sr., will be featured in a 30-minute streaming jam session Sunday evening in The Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions.

Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions kicks off streaming series of local musician jams

With this month’s annual Atlanta Jazz Festival and its 31 Days of Jazz concert series postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will present Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions online.

The streaming sessions will feature Atlanta jazz artists who have recorded 30-minute videos.

The series begins at 9 tonight [Friday] on the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Facebook page, with a new 30-minute session streamed every evening in May. Each video will be available on the Atlanta Jazz Festival website the next day.

The sessions will start with a performance by the Phil Davis Quartet. Saturday’s concert will feature the Mike Burton Quartet, followed by the duo of Joe Gransden and Kenny Banks Sr. on Sunday. Others scheduled to appear in the series include Gritz and Jelly Butter, Kathleen Bertrand, Myrna Clayton and Julie Dexter.

The schedule will be updated throughout the month on the jazz festival’s website.

“Given the fact that we are still researching options to hold the festival later this year, we couldn’t let 31 Days of Jazz go by without a celebration,” said Camille Love, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “The Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions will not only provide entertainment but also help to share positive energy while we all maintain safety precautions. We have faith that Atlanta will flatten the curve and when it is safe to gather again, we will be prepared for a great festival weekend.”


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