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All that jazz takes Airport by storm
By DeAllous Smith

Big instruments and talented bands caught travelers' eyes — and ears — last month during the Airport's eighth annual Jazz in the Atrium Music Series.

The two-hour sets from 5 to 7 p.m. each weeknight from May 18 through May 29 were pure entertainment for travelers like Jimmy and Sarah Hutchinson, who tapped their feet and swayed to the sounds of the Eldridge Simms Jazz Quintet.

"My wife and I are flying into Los Angeles for our honeymoon, so the jazz performance was a special surprise and a great way to start our celebration," said Jimmy Hutchinson.

Atlantans' overwhelming appreciation for jazz is one reason why Eldridge Simms enjoys playing at venues and restaurants throughout the city.

"Atlanta is home to many music lovers, especially jazz," Simms said. "It's a universal sound that transcends barriers and communicates to all people."

As the band began to play, Houston native Gregg Daniel reached for his cellphone and began snapping photos of the band to send to his parents.

"Jazz is so soothing," he said as he took pictures.

Hartsfield-Jackson's Jazz in the Atrium series featured free performances by nine renowned, mostly local artists. The event was presented in conjunction with the 32nd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, which is organized by the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs. The Airport's program represented a sample of the sounds that music lovers experienced at venues throughout the city during the festival.

"Our jazz series reflects the overall spirit and vibrancy of the city," said Katherine Marbury, Aviation Art Program manager. "And whether the sounds are jazz, rock, country or R&B, we are extremely fortunate to reside in a city that embraces such an eclectic taste in music."

Jazz in the Atrium

The Eldridge Simms Jazz Quintet entertains travelers in the Airport Atrium during Hartsfield-Jackson's annual jazz series.

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