32nd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival

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By Stephanie Mitchell, May 26,2009

The people of Atlanta were out this past weekend at Grant Park taking in the enjoyment of the 32nd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. The festival started on Saturday May the 23rd and kicked off with a very talented group of youths, the Rialto Jazz for Kids All-Star Jazz Band. This group of kids dazzled the audience with their unique arrangement of jazz songs and solos by many of the kids in the group. The All-Star Jazz Band was a great way to start the day off and many other talented acts followed. In every area of the park, enjoyment and fellowship was being had. The audience members were happy to be there and were proud that Atlanta upholds to its commitment in having the festival every year.

Other artists such as Madoca and Russell Gunn and Elektrik Butterfly were present at the event. Both of these groups had a very artistic flare to their approach to Jazz. Madoca hit the stage with a multitude of instruments such as horns, bongos, guitar, bass and drums and added a very energetic and colorful flare to the scene. Russell Gunn and Elektrik Butterfly portrayed the sound of funk mixed with an energetic, jazzy sound of a horn. There was an uplifting shift in mood the second Dionne Farris came on stage and began to release the heart and soul of the day. The crowd was happy to have her back performing after a long break from the music business. She inspired the audience to dance and sing along with her highly inspirational songs. In the mix of all of the wonderful talent present at the festival was the famous, international jazz musician, Freddy Cole. He was a pleasure to talk to and felt very passionate about the event.

The music was not the only attraction to experience at the event. There were moon walks to play in, carnival style food such as funnel cakes and corn dogs to eat as well as superb artwork on display and for sale and to admire. In full the event was a very enjoyable experience that should be checked out by anybody that has an interest in having a fun filled good time with music, fellowship and excitement.

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