When Warren Wolf starts his Saturday afternoon set at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, complex polyrhythms and dissonant melodies will be far from his mind. The vibraphonist, who is steeped in the modern-jazz tradition and often plays straight-ahead acoustic music, will be more concerned with getting the audience to dance.
"We're definitely a jazz group; we can do the whole traditional jazz thing," Wolf said during a recent phone call."There's a lot of jazz music out nowadays that's just totally — it's music that makes you think. We're just going out and trying to have fun."
In 2007, the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs threw a no-holds-barred party for its annual Memorial Day weekend jazz event, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Atlanta Jazz Festival in its true home, Piedmont Park. It seemed like all the big names -- Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, The Bad Plus and the Vijay Iyer Quartet -- came to Atlanta to congratulate the city for supporting live jazz.