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Jimmy Heath Performs in Atlanta Aug. 23 at National Black Arts Festival
(Published: August 20, 2014)

Atlanta, Georgia (August 20, 2014) - This summer, the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) presents the inaugural Spotlight Series, a new festival tradition that will go deep into one of the five NBAF disciplines in a series of events curated by a legendary artist. The curator selects a mentor, a peer, and a protégé to appear as part of a series of performances taking place during the months of the festival. NBAF inaugurates this initiative by celebrating the vision of none other than NEA Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis who has chosen three musicians to join him in taking jazz in Atlanta higher and higher.

As inaugural Spotlight Series Curator, Wynton Marsalis has personally chosen three outstanding jazz musicians to join the 2014 program: NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, vibraphone virtuoso Jason Marsalis and award-winning pianist Marcus Roberts.

Heath Brothers Quartet plus Jeremy Pelt, Saturday, August 23, 8 p.m. at Rialto Center for the Arts
Tickets from $28
NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Jimmy Heath and rising star Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) offer an evening of classics from the American Songbook as well as signature compositions by Heath himself. Marsalis states, "NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, brilliant instrumentalist, magnificent composer and arranger, is vital at 87 years old - when he walks into a room, jazz history is made."

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Thursday, September 11, 8 p.m. at Variety Playhouse
Tickets from $20
The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet features Marsalis on vibraphones, Will Goble on bass, David Potter on drums and Austin Johnson on piano. Performing hits from his most recent album, "my younger brother Jason, with perfect pitch and unerring rhythmic sophistication, is a master of the vibes," explains Wynton Marsalis.

Marcus Roberts Trio: Celebrating Monk and Trane, Thursday, September 18, 8 p.m., Center Stage Theater
Tickets from $20.50
The Marcus Roberts Trio, founded in 1995, is known around the world for its virtuosic style - a style that is strongly rhythmic, melodic, and filled with dynamic contrast. According to Marsalis, "Marcus is like a movement. Years from now, people will look back on all the students and piano players that he influenced and it will become known as the School of Marcus Roberts...He is a genius."

About the National Black Arts Festival
The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is the longest-running multi-disciplinary arts festival of the African Diaspora. This year NBAF celebrates its 26th year as a cultural leader. Each year the festival presents works and exhibitions from renowned legends as well as emerging young artists. For the latest news and updates, "like" National Black Arts Festival on Facebook, and visit its web site at www.nbaf.org.


More Information: http://nbaf.org/

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