Jonesboro preparing for annual jazz concert

Xavier Scott

Xavier Scott

— A year ago, jazz group Baatin and Top Secret didn’t get to perform as the finale for Jonesboro inaugural Jazz Under The Stars concert because the second half of the event was rained out.

So as a consolation prize, the band has been brought back to open this year’s show. Saxophone player Jason Bitten, whose performance last year was limited to one and a half songs, will be back as well.

“I just thought it would be nice to bring back those performers who didn’t get to perform last year,” said Mayor Pro Tem Pat Sebo, the concert’s organizer.

The city of Jonesboro’s second annual Jazz Under the Stars concert will be held May 31 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Lee Street Park, 140 Smith St. The event is held as part of the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 31 Days of Jazz program designed to promote the festival as well as local jazz musicians.

Jonesboro is the only Clayton County city that participates in the program. In addition to Baatin and Top Secret and Bitten, saxophone performer Xavier Scott is also on the program. Scott is also a youth services librarian at the Lovejoy Library Branch.

Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, dinner and beverages to enjoy during the performances.

“We’re advertising it as a Chastain-style event,” Sebo said. “You bring your favorite beverage and food and just sit down and chill.”

Last year’s concert drew about 300 people and Sebo said she hopes to exceed that number this year.

“I’m looking at about 1,000 people this year,” she said. “I’m really being optimistic.”

Clayton News Daily is a concert sponsor, along with Watkins Funeral Home, Fincher Denmark Williams & Minnifield LLC, Fulton & Kozak, Heritage Bank, Paragon Alarm Systems and Tara Wrecker.