Pianist Aaron Diehl, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and saxophonist Miguel Zenon are among the final additions to the 36th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, taking place Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park. Singers Julie Dexter, Alexandra Jackson and Ginou, as well as saxophonist Uri Gurvich, are also slated to perform on one of two stages during the three-day event that begins May 25.
Those artists join the previously announced roster of saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, singers Cecile McLorin Salvant and Gretchen Parlato, and pianist Aruan Ortiz. Also, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello will perform a tribute to the late Nina Simone during the festival.
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Jon Ross writes about jazz for ArtsATL. An editor of a trade magazine by day, he holds degrees in music and journalism from the University of Idaho and a master of arts degree in journalism from Syracuse University. He also writes for Downbeat and Boulder Weekly, among others.