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Atlanta Jazz Festival ends this weekend at Piedmont Park

Atlanta's Piedmont Park will be filled with the sounds of jazz music as this year's Atlanta Jazz Festival comes to a close this weekend

After 31 days of jazz-related events and performances at venues throughout Atlanta, the annual festival, now in its 33rd year, culminates in two days of free concerts featuring local and national jazz performers.

Saturday's lineup includes Rialto Jazz for Kids' All Star Jazz Band, Atlanta resident Jay Norem and the Keith White Quartet, The Steven Charles Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Swing Streets to Swing Beats featuring Esperanza Spalding and Raydar Ellis, and Marcus Miller's "Tutu Revisited, the Music of Miles Davis" featuring Christian Scott.

On Sunday, performers include the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble Jazz Band, the winner of the Ultimate Jazz Score video contest, Atlanta's own Kathleen Bertrand, Spyro Gyra, a celebration of Lionel Hampton featuring Diane Schuur and Jason Marsalis and the Stanley Clark Band featuring keyboardist and composer Hiromi.

Bertrand was part of the first festival, called on by the legendary Paul Mitchell to join him on stage. She represented the Atlanta Jazz Festival at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2006 and has opened for Ray Charles and Kenny G during previous festivals.

"The Atlanta Jazz Festival has had superior and diverse programming throughout the years," she said. "It has a reputation of bringing together the legendary with the contemporary, thus appealing to 'jazz heads' and new listeners as well."

This weekend's concerts are free to attend. For more information on featured acts, visit www.atlantafestivals.com.