This year's Festival, the 39th of such annual events, is one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country and takes place in Atlanta's historic and verdant Piedmont Park. The press conference was kicked off by the performance of local artist Alex Lattimore and his quartet.
Jamie Cullum: "I've lived my short life as a record geek. I take quite a heavy interest in music. Lots of people are interested in music, but I'm the kind of guy who'd be digging through boxfuls of old records in secondhand stores and record fares and things like that."
Have you heard Gregory Porter's new album? Many are calling him the best new jazz vocalist in years. Tomorrow night on PBS, I chat with the Grammy nominee about his chart-topping new album, Liquid Spirit, and what inspires him to create.