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6 must-see acts at the 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival (in 140 characters or less)

To help you find choice sounds at this year's fest, we’ve put together a quick-and-dirty list of artists set to appear across the event’s trio of stages.

Gregory Porter
Photo credit: Shawn Peters

If you’re not a hardcore jazz head, navigating the 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival — which features more than 30 acts performing in Piedmont Park May 27-29 — can be a daunting task. To aid festival attendees in the search for choice sounds, here's a quick-and-dirty list of six must-see artists (each in 140 characters or less) set to appear across the festival's three stages. Take a look, listen, and plan accordingly.

Friday, May 27
====== Joi: Her music skews more toward rock/soul, but Joi’s an iconic, ATL-bred singer with a bombastic style that even jazz purists need to see. 9 p.m., Main Stage


Sat., May 28
Camila Meza Quartet: Chilean-born, New York-based singer/songwriter Camila Meza’s tender, guitar-driven songs cross linguistic and musical borders. 1:30 p.m., International Stage


Theo Croker: A trumpeter/vocalist whose sonically acrobatic tunes embrace the roots of jazz and help the art grow and evolve. 5 p.m., Main Stage


Alex Lattimore: Although he gained fame with the local soul-bossa band Jiva, Alex’s buttery sound easily blends with all the flavors of jazz and beyond. 6:30 p.m., Local Stage


Sun., May 29
The HeadhuntersThese legends, who’ve been pumping out classics since the ’70s, serve up jazz with copious amounts of funk. 5 p.m., Main Stage


Gregory Porter: Wielding a deep/ultra-smooth delivery, vocalist Gregory Porter is adept at belting out tear-inducing ballads and foot stomping dance tracks. 9 p.m., Main Stage


Free. May 27-29. Piedmont Park. atlantafestivals.com.