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39. Cafe 290
Surprise! The best place to hear jazz in metro Atlanta is the ground floor of a two-story office complex in Sandy Springs.
Atlanta’s jazz scene is alive and well, even without Churchill Grounds
Instead of mourning after the demise of Churchill Grounds, many of Atlanta's jazz musicians began playing music throughout the city. There are now 10 weekly jam sessions at venues inside the perimeter, placing Atlanta on comparable footing with more jazz-forward cities like Seattle.
Remembering jazz legend Johnny Knapp and his 70-year career
“Johnny had a million stories, and he knew a million songs—an endless flow of songs.” Johnny Knapp accompanied artists from Billie Holiday to Tony Bennett to Barbara Streisand. His friendship with Col. Bruce Hampton introduced him to a new audience of Atlanta music lovers. He died in Lawrenceville on November 9 at age 89.
5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: May 2-8
The "world's biggest bounce house" is coming to Dacula, plus Shaky Knees takes over Old Fourth Ward, and Hector Santiago's El Burro Pollo is back for one day only.
Joe Gransden’s big band magic at Cafe 290
Twice a month, in a cramped bar in Sandy Springs, Joe Grandsen and his crew of more than a dozen musicians make big band magic.
How Atlanta singer Virginia Schenk found a second career onstage
Virginia Schenck has sung for as long as she can remember, but she didn’t pursue performing seriously until 2010. Today Schenck (who goes by her stage name V-A) regularly performs around Atlanta and has released two albums.
One Square Mile: Freddy Cole and Sweet Auburn’s evolution
Freddy Cole sits at a table in a back corner of Sweet Auburn Seafood restaurant. The linens are crisp, the decor modern: shimmering tile, high-backed benches—all unmarked by smoke or time. This place is a welcome sign of slow resurgence in this historic part of town.
Piano Man: At 87, jazz legend Johnny Knapp is still jamming
Johnny Knapp is 87, and he feels it. He moves with a walker, his withered legs powered by wiry forearms and large hands that have flown over piano keyboards for 70 years. It’s Tuesday, and his ride is waiting.
The Beat Goes On
Welcome to Tremé: the historical neighborhood where the seeds of New Orleans’s culture were sown more than 200 years ago—and where those roots held fast through Hurricane Katrina, anchoring the city during a decade of rebuilding.
What’s Classic and What’s Coming in Charleston: Music
Quentin Baxter is a native Charlestonian, world-class drummer, and musical director of the Charleston Jazz Initiative. “There are a lot of restaurants where the music is part of the experience—this has been a big part...
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