Atlanta, Georgia, Unites States 30309
It’s a top notch live jazz performance, played to a well dressed 30 and up crowd. Despite the two bars serving a short range of mixed drinks, beer and wine, it is a very well behaved atmosphere. It’s still an art museum, and not a jazz night club. However, I will say this. If you have been curious to check out the High Museum of Art, but timid about visiting an uptight, sober museum for fun, the live music and slight buzz helps create a good mood for browsing artwork.
I went for the July, 2010 Friday Night Jazz. Here’s some background about the jazz band playing that night. Credit for jazz musicians background goes to this Atlanta Meetup group posting. I took the images and movie clip with my Droid phone.
Melvin Jones: Melvin began his professional musical journey in 1998 while enrolled at Morehouse College when he made an appearance on TLC’s triple-platinum album Fanmail. That same year Melvin, together with Kevin Johnson and Broderick Santiago, formed Rio Negro, one of the most popular Latin Jazz ensembles in the Southeast. Earning a great deal of success and popularity, the ensemble recorded three albums while also touring nationally. Since the creation of Rio Negro, this Memphis, Tennessee, native has worked with numerous musical icons including Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Erykah Badu, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Michael McDonald, Bill Cosby, and British pop sensation Omar, to name a few.
I took this video of the band and people attending to give you an idea of the mood, venue, what to wear, one of the bars and maybe even the music, if you can make it out.
Melvin graduated with honors from Atlanta’s Morehouse College in 2001 and, in the fall of 2004, slowed the pace of his performance career to serve as the Interim Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies for his alma mater. Having joined the faculty at age 24, “Mr. Jones” officially became the youngest collegiate band director in the college’s history (and in the nation at that time). The Morehouse Band Program experienced such phenomenal growth under Melvin’s leadership that his temporary appointment grew into a more permanent situation that spanned nearly six years.
Early 2010 signaled the beginning of a new chapter in Melvin’s career, as he resigned from his position at Morehouse to resume his performance endeavors full-time. This refocusing was marked by the opportunity to tour with Tyler Perry’s company on his latest production, Madea’s Big Happy Family, which is slated to run through the end of spring 2011. Currently, Melvin is preparing to record his long-delayed solo project. He continues to pursue a rigorous performance schedule and presents lectures and clinics across the country. He sits on the board of directors for the Atlanta Jazz Society and occasionally serves as a panelist for the Fulton County Council of the Arts.