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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Atlanta jazz blossoming from neighborhood to neighborhood

One great aspect of the Atlanta Jazz Festival's 31 Days of Jazz campaign has been this year's Neighborhood Jazz Series taking place in various parks around the city, and featuring introductions by corresponding districts' council members. On May 18, District 6 Council Member Alex Wan and McClatchy Park (in Ansley Park) will host performances by Eric Fontaine & Strings, baritone guitarist Alex Gordon and his Hi-Fi unit, as well as the Mar-Tans. Long a documenter of the Sounds from the Underground jazz scene as well as being a phenomenal saxophonist in his own right, Fontaine's string group sways and brays, but is always beautiful.

While this month's jazz festivities are of course culminating in the Memorial Day Weekend festival in Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs express will continue rolling on with plenty more shows in May: everyday, actually. A few notables are the Wednesday night gatherings at Elliott Street Pub, including remaining performances by Russell Gunn (May 14), Jacob Deaton (May 21), and Sal Gentile (May 28). New venue Erosol (on Boulevard and Edgewood) is also getting in on the action by offering up Afro-Cuban jazz this Saturday May 17. Joe Gransden's jazz jam at Twain's on May 20th and 27th should be a ball, and the Gordon Vernick Quartet at the Edgewood Speakeasy on May 18th (also free) will certainly be worth checking out as well. But again, the best way to find out about all of the great jazz Atlanta is offering this month is to go the Jazz Fest's site..

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