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June Friday Jazz

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mark your calendar for live jazz at the High, hosted by Jamal Ahmad from Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Atlanta’s jazz station! On the third Friday of every month, you’ll enjoy music, drinks, and art. Each month will feature a different style of jazz, from straight ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing, and more.

Curtis Taylor
Grammy Award–winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor plays with a lyrical and melodic improvisational style. His blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibility, and rhythm makes for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. According to Taylor, “When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyer of truth and beauty.”

Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Ed Motta, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart, and gospel luminaries Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard, and the Singletons. His stint with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut included a notable concert performance at Kennedy Center recorded for NPR’s JazzSet, an appearance at the Spoleto Jazz Festival, and a weeklong engagement at Dizzy’s Club in New York. In addition, Taylor had the great opportunity to tour internationally with virtuosic saxophonist James Carter and his quintet, performing in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and Austria. Rounding out the experience was a weeklong stint at Yoshi’s in California.

In 2014, Taylor relocated to Southern California, where he has fostered a musical relationship with friend and mentor Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta is a two-time Grammy Award–winning producer for jazz vocal star Gregory Porter. While building the musical team for Porter’s Liquid Spirit album, he chose Taylor for the trumpet chair, citing Taylor’s “elegant solos and precise ensemble playing” and “impeccable” musicianship. The album would go on to receive the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album of 2014.

Free with Museum Admission ($14.50). Free for Members (tickets available at the door)
Seating for Friday Jazz is limited and opens at 6 p.m. There is no reserved seating. Standing room is plentiful. Friday Jazz is FREE with Museum admission and FREE for members.

Join us for Drawing in the Galleries during each Friday Jazz from 6 to 9 p.m.
Drop in and sketch live, clothed models in our galleries. We welcome all ranges of drawing experience, including guests who are picking up a sketchbook for the first time!

Prepay for guaranteed parking, take MARTA to the Arts Center Station (N5), or take a Lyft.

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Lyft is the official rideshare partner of The Woodruff Arts Center. New Lyft users may use the code WOODRUFFARTS for $5 off their first two rides. When heading to The Woodruff, ask your driver to follow in-app navigation directions to the drop-off areas on Callaway Plaza at the corner of Peachtree Street and 15th or on Arts Center Way.


June 21
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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High Museum of Art Atlanta
1280 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, 30305 United States
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