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BadBadNotGood kickstarts 31 Days of Jazz

The Atlanta Jazz Festival kicks off its annual 31 Days of Jazz celebration this Friday, May 1, with a performance by the Toronto-based, hip-hop-flavored jazz trio.

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  • Connor Olthuis



The Atlanta Jazz Festival kicks off its annual 31 Days of Jazz celebration this Friday, May 1, with a performance by the Toronto-based trio BadBadNotGood.

Rap fans may recognize the band, made up of keyboardist Matthew Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alex Sowinski, from its recent collaboration with Ghostface Killah on the album Sour Soul. But BadBadNotGood has been melding hip-hop break beats (along with punk, dance music and, other flavors) with jazz since dropping its 2011 debut EP, BBNG.


The group’s appearance this week in Atlanta also serves as a kind of stylistic harbinger for the festival, which is hosting a number of left-of-center acts such as bassist/vocalist Thundercat, the soul-leaning crew Mad Satta, locally based drummer Lil’ John Roberts and more.

For more information about 31 Day of Jazz, visit www.atlantafestivals.com.

Catch BadBadNotGood tonight (Fri., May 1). $35-$40. (Get $5 off when you buy tickets online and use the promo code: jazzcat2015.) 8 p.m. Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th Street N.W.




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