Atlanta Jazz Festival to return to Piedmont Park over Labor Day weekend

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Jazz Festival is returning to Piedmont Park and will be held on Labor Day weekend.

The festival, which usually happens over the Memorial Day weekend, was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With restrictions being lifted across metro Atlanta, organizers announced that this year’s festival will happened over the Labor Day weekend -- Sunday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.

“The lineup will feature a variety of jazz sounds and stylings from up-and-coming talent like Brenda Nicole Moorer to seasoned jazz performers like Patti Austin and Archie Shepp and will largely be the same artists who were previously announced in 2020. More than 15 artists and musicians will entertain festivalgoers on two stages in Piedmont Park: the Oak Hill Stage and Meadow Stage. This year, festivalgoers can also participate in a VIP Lounge experience at the Oak Hill Stage,” the festival said in a news release.


“We’re looking forward to hosting a great festival this year with a variety of established and rising jazz musicians,” said Camille Russell Love, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We’re thrilled that the festival will be back in 2021 and hope that everyone is able to join us on Labor Day Weekend for a safe and entertaining event.”

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is the longest running free jazz festival in the country.

Here is a look at this year’s lineup:

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Oak Hill Stage

1:30 p.m. – Pasquale Grasso Trio

3:30 p.m. – Yuko Mabuchi

5:30 p.m. – Alexey Marti

7:30 p.m. – Miguel Zenon

Meadow Stage

1 p.m. – Karla Harris

3 p.m. – Ryan Kilgore

5 p.m. – Jazzmeia Horn

7 p.m. – Ron Carter

9 p.m. – Patti Austin

Monday, September 6, 2021

Oak Hill Stage

1:30 p.m. – Brenda Nicole Moorer

3:30 p.m. – Logan Richardson

5:30 p.m. – Irreversible Entanglements

7:30 p.m. – Mike Phillips

Meadow Stage

1 p.m. – Isaiah Sharkey

3 p.m. – Laurin Talese

5 p.m. – Theo Croker

7 p.m. – Sean Jones

9 p.m. – Archie Shepp

The festival said it will follow all COVID-19 guidelines in effect for Georgia and the City of Atlanta on the date of the festival.

It said that updates on all COVID-19 guidelines will be announced on the Atlanta Jazz Festival website and social media channels.