Free Atlanta Jazz Festival

“To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Office of Cultural Affairs and the rich legacy of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, we have planned something special and the public is invited,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Mayor Jackson founded the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. To honor him, and to toast our 40 years of community service, we are throwing a party in Oakland Cemetery, complete with a multi-media exhibition and jazz performances. The festivities will be hosted by Mayor Kasim Reed.

Musical Performances

To kick off the afternoon, the Good Times Brass Band will play traditional 2nd line selections which are fitting for a jazz celebration.

During the event the Clark Atlanta Jazz Orchestra will perform under the direction of Dr. James Patterson.  Dr. Patterson founded the CAU Jazz Orchestra, and they have performed at the Atlanta Jazz Festival many times over the years, including at the very first festival in 1978.  Get schedule here.

Multi-Media Exhibition

There will be an exhibit of images, archives, articles and artifacts that tell the story of Mayor Jackson’s inauguration, his founding of the Office of Cultural Affairs, and his impact on the arts in Atlanta.  Historic photos from Atlanta photographers Jim Alexander and Sue Ross will be on display, as well as documents and images from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Atlanta Daily World.

The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library and is part of their Maynard Jackson Mayoral Administrative Records collection. Spanning from 1968 to 1994, the collection features correspondence, photographs, speeches, news clippings, proclamations, and campaign material from Jackson’s terms as vice mayor and mayor. Housed in the library’s Archives Research Center, the collection is open to the public for research. Any questions, call Carolyn at[masked]

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  • scott h.

    music was great.
    Didn't get a chance to meet any other members because I had to leave but it was my pleasure to meet Carolyn and I hope to see you all at another event in the near future. Until then; and to all you mothers out there have a very special and blessed MOTHERS DAY in advanced.

    2 · May 4

  • Teri D.

    Had fun...met new people...music was great..cemetary...what can i say.....to die for

    4 · May 4

  • Morgan

    Hi all. I was at Oakland... But I am sad I couldn't meet up with everyone! I didn't get there until 445 and didn't see a designated area with meet up folks. I also work for the OCA so I got caught up talking to coworkers :-) great event though

    May 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is everyone in one location

    May 4

  • Laurence B.

    I'm here. Music is flowing along with a nice breeze.

    3 · May 4

  • Dale J. R.

    I'm here me and my person found a spot already

    2 · May 4

  • Tracie

    Just parked.

    May 4

  • LaTrice G

    I'm here

    May 4

  • Aurthur

    Destiny, you can park anywhere alongside the road wahere you will see other cars, or you can park within the grounds.

    1 · May 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Carolyn, I'm running late but will call you once I get there. Do you know where we can park?

    May 4

  • Kim T.

    Looking forward to a fun filled summer meeting new people!

    1 · May 4

  • Melanie B

    Forgive me if I overlooked the cost, how much does it cost to attend?

    May 3

  • Teri D.

    This sounds like fun....I plan to be there

    April 30

  • Joyce P.

    Hi Carolyn is the group meeting up at the event so we'll be able to recognize / hangout together ?

    April 29

    • Carolyn

      I will be there with the meetup sign...plus anyone can call or text me once there. My number is[masked]

      3 · April 29

  • Morgan

    I will be there. I actually work for OCA so this is perfect! :-)

    April 29

  • Stephan Pacheco S.

    I have a brunch @ 2 so I'm not sure about attending.

    April 28

  • DEBORAH W.

    I will be there unless something comes up. Love Jazz and looking forward to meeting new people.

    2 · April 21

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