Callanwolde’s Summer Concert Series “Jazz on the Lawn” Returns!
Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts.
Jazz on the Lawn is a great way to spend time with friends, unwind, and listen to an evening of live music. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater.
Line Up: 2018
- June 15th: Gwen Hughes
- June 29th: Diane Durrett
- July 13th: Joe Gransden
- July 27th: Bradford Rogers
- August 10th: Bob Baldwin
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Concerts begin at 7:30 PM.
Concerts conclude at 9:30 PM.
- General Admission Lawn: $20 online/$25 at the door. We can only accept credit/debit cards at the door.
- VIP Table for Four: $200 by advance reservation only.
- VIP Tables for Six: $300 by advance reservation only.
- VIP Tables for Eight: $400 by advance reservation only.
Season tickets are also available! Buy season tickets here and save – only available online!
General Admission: Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the show from the lawn surrounding Callanwolde’s amphitheater. Chairs are not provided. Seating is unassigned- come early and claim the best spot!
VIP Tables: Enjoy the show in style at a VIP Table for you and your party. We provide the tables and chairs. Tables are located on the first few tiers of Callanwolde’s amphitheater- the best seats in the house!
These concerts will be held rain or shine. We will have ponchos for sale in the event of inclement weather!
Parking is free and on-site for VIP Table guests and on a first come, first serve basis for General Admission guests. Additional parking is available across the street at Atlanta Metro Cathedral (999 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 30306).
Food and Drink
Outside food and beverage is allowed at Jazz on the Lawn. We will have a cash bar on-site (serving beer, wine, water, snacks, and soft drinks). There will be food for sale provided by Fox Bros BBQ!
June 15th: Gwen Hughes
Gwen Hughes has released six albums on Fairfield Records, starting with “Torch Life” in the 1990s up until her newest album, “Dancing in the Moonlight,” recorded with her European band, Mono, featuring the greatest hit of their ten years of touring Eastern Europe. In 2016, Gwen signed with Zoho Music and her latest album, “Native Land,” was released to great critical acclaim from publications like JAZZWEEKLY (“this lady is convincing in every mood”) and JAZZTIMES (“Gwen does it again!”) and the classic rock blog, BLITZ MAGAZINE (“a remarkable collection”).
Offstage, Gwen is Board Governor with The Recording Academy, as well as Atlanta’s Grammy Museum Ambassador (which preserves the American music heritage and promotes the Grammy for Music Educator of the Year ). She was also the Johnny Mercer Foundation “Artist in Residence” with the former GA Music Hall of Fame and instructor for The Otis Redding Foundation Songwriter Camp, teaching songwriting to students from kindergarten through high school. She is also on the Board of Georgia Music Partners and The How Big Is Your Dream Foundation, teaching every year at HBIYD’s “Academy of the Arts” for students in at-risk circumstances.
June 29th: Diane Durrett
“She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer songwriter producer Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. Diane serves on the Atlanta Board of the Recording Academy best known for the Grammys. As part of her service in 2017 she met with senators for the Grammys On the Hill event in D.C. Diane is a 2017 Global Peace Award winner. Winner of the 2015 ‘Peoples Choice Award’ by the Atlanta Blues Society, as a well as awarded the ‘Best Self-Produced Album’ representing Atlanta in the International Blues Challenge. “Soul Suga’ & Diane Durrett” received national & international attention charting in the Top 10 of the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues chart. Durrett’s album was entered into the 58th Grammy Awards as Best Americana Album and Producer of the Year.
July 13th: Joe Gransden
At 42 Years old, Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released 14 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.
“When I first heard Joe nine years ago, I immediately thought of Chet,” says Jazziz magazine critic James Rozzi, “but lately his voice has taken on its own style with a deeper resonance. His trumpet has always alternated lyricism with an aggressive, angular approach. He has the ability to cover the gamut of emotions.”
July 27th: Bradford Rogers
Atlanta native Bradford Rogers is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, singer, and composer—and the founder and owner of independent label Worldsongs Media. Worldsongs’ mission is to nurture talented undiscovered artists in a variety of genres, focusing on worldbeat, jazz, dance, and ethnic-influenced music.
As a member of the house band for the Recording Academy’s Atlanta Chapter Awards Series, Bradford has performed with such multiplatinum artists as Michael McDonald, James Brown, Bobby Valentino, En Vogue’s Dawn Robinson, Sleepy Brown and Cee-Lo Green. His latest CD is entitled Guiro!
August 10th: Bob Baldwin
Across a career for which a two decade milestone was achieved in 2013 with his twentieth CD Twenty, Bob Baldwin has proven to be one of the most ubiquitous and ingenious chameleons of Contemporary Jazz – both in his own projects and those he has endeavored upon for others. Recently, he has twice honored the canons of giants: Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson (2010) and Betcha By Golly Wow / The Songs of Thom Bell (2012).
For 2015, Baldwin turns to the sprawling catalog of Stevie Wonder to create one of his finest projects ever: MelloWonder: Songs in the Key of Stevie – an unprecedented one-from-the-heart that has taken him two years to lovingly assemble.
In addition to his work as a musician, Bob Baldwin hosts a nationally syndicated weekly radio show (‘The NewUrbanJazz Lounge’ broadcast across the African American Public Radio Service and the Internet) and author of the music biz E-book “You Better Ask Somebody (Staying On Top of Your Career in the ‘Friggin’ Music Business)” (2011)