"Friday Jazz is an evening of art & music every third Friday of the month, including live musical performances and extended hours to view special exhibitions. Friday Jazz is Atlanta's most unique jazz venue—voted "Best Jazz Alternative Venue" by Atlanta Magazine and "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing. Food and drink are available for purchase."
If you are shy you should come. If you are not shy you should come so the shy people will have someone to lead the conversation.
When and Where:
Nerd Fun Atlanta will meet up at 7:30 in the Robinson Atrium at the High Museum. The Friday night Jazz series starts at 5pm and runs until about midnight. If you come early or late just send me a text (I'll provide my cell phone number to those who have paid for their tickets). I will have my clipboard at 7:30 with everyone's pictures from the website.
Parking is $12 for daily or $3.75 per hour. There is minimum off street parking. However, there are a few other garages and lots around if you are willing to walk to save some money.
Friday Jazz tickets include access to all galleries and current special exhibitions. Bring cash for drinks and food which will be for sale during the event.
Please do not hesitate to email with any questions! Can't wait to see everyone!
July Friday Jazz performer is jazz trumpeter, Melvin Jones. Friday Jazz is an evening of art & music on the third Friday of the month, including live musical performances, drawing in the galleries and extended hours with full gallery access and food and drink available for purchase.
Melvin began his professional musical journey in 1998 while enrolled at Morehouse College when he made an appearance on TLC’s triple-platinum album Fanmail. That same year Melvin, together with Kevin Johnson and Broderick Santiago, formed Rio Negro, one of the most popular Latin Jazz ensembles in the Southeast. Earning a great deal of success and popularity, the ensemble recorded three albums while also touring nationally. Since the creation of Rio Negro, this Memphis, Tennessee, native has worked with numerous musical icons including Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Erykah Badu, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Michael McDonald, Bill Cosby, and British pop sensation Omar, to name a few.
Melvin graduated with honors from Atlanta’s Morehouse College in 2001 and, in the fall of 2004, slowed the pace of his performance career to serve as the Interim Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies for his alma mater. Having joined the faculty at age 24, “Mr. Jones” officially became the youngest collegiate band director in the college’s history (and in the nation at that time). The Morehouse Band Program experienced such phenomenal growth under Melvin’s leadership that his temporary appointment grew into a more permanent situation that spanned nearly six years.
Early 2010 signaled the beginning of a new chapter in Melvin’s career, as he resigned from his position at Morehouse to resume his performance endeavors full-time. This refocusing was marked by the opportunity to tour with Tyler Perry’s company on his latest production, Madea’s Big Happy Family, which is slated to run through the end of spring 2011. Currently, Melvin is preparing to record his long-delayed solo project. He continues to pursue a rigorous performance schedule and presents lectures and clinics across the country. He sits on the board of directors for the Atlanta Jazz Society and occasionally serves as a panelist for the Fulton County Council of the Arts.