Thursday, July 24, 2008

Grand Finale Ends Summer Jazz Series With A Bang

Phenomenal live music fills the gardens once more as Villa Christina’s 5th annual Summer Jazz Series comes to a successful close. Step past the lush foliage and wandering stream into the beautiful garden where the city’s best jazz musicians wowed crowds at four free summer concerts this season. When the heat wave hits, let the hot, smooth jazz transport you to a different world. Villa Christina’s sultry al fresco evenings of simmering jazz are presented by Smooth Jazz 107.5 WJZZ and TD Entertainment.

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a relaxing getaway to Villa Christina’s secluded gardens and enjoy the final live jazz performance of the 5th Annual Summer Jazz Series at Villa Christina. Adam Ghali, General Manager of Villa Christina, was delighted by the huge success of this summer’s jazz series. “We love hosting the outdoor jazz concerts here. The series is a relaxing and festive way to spend time with family and friends, enjoying live jazz and delicious food and refreshing beverages outdoors. Our last show of the summer is certain to be a crowd pleaser!”

Ending the summer on a high note, a splashy double billing featuring Alex Lattimore and William Green graces Villa’s greenspace on September 21st. Alex, who has recently returned from touring in Japan and South Africa, has been notably compared to the vocal styling of such artists as Luther Vandross and Will Downing. His incredible silky smooth vocals and rich sound are critically acclaimed on his newly released CD, Promise. Khari Simmons, the former bass player for India Arie, led a performing group called Jiva, in which Lattimore served as the male vocalist. Alex has graced stages with the best of the best. Artists like Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, Michael McDonald, India Arie, Earl Klugh, The Rippingtons, Groove Collective, Roy Ayers and more.

This Future of Jazz Finalist will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions that speak life into your heart and leave a mark on your soul. Recording artist, keyboardist and producer William Green has paid his musical dues, spending 10 years on the road with Peabo Bryson, and has worked with such artist as Cameo, Dennis Edwards, Jean Carnes, and Jennifer Holiday. While performing with Susan Tedeschi, William had the privilege to appear as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. Williams Green's energy and talent ignite any stage he graces.

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and music begins at 5:30 p.m. Concertgoers should bring blankets or lawn chairs for comfortable seating. Children of all ages are welcome and will be delighted by free activities including inflatables and face painting. There will be a variety of exhibitors whose products and services will be available for purchase including exquisite hand made jewelry, original artwork and more.

A variety of food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be offered by Villa Christina and Caffe Christina for purchase on the premises. Nibble on light delicacies such as pasta and salmon salads, or feast on gourmet burgers stuffed with special seasonings, plump hot dogs with French fries, or real Italian-style pizza straight from the wood-burning-oven. Be sure to save room for an indulgent dessert such as tiramisu or cheesecake, because the food here is unsurpassed. No coolers are allowed on the grounds.

The Summer Jazz Series is sponsored-in-part by Villa Christina, Smooth Jazz 107.5 WJZZ, Atlantan Magazine, Atlanta Party Starters, RBM of Atlanta -- Your Mercedes Benz Connection, C3 Marketing Group, Hines, Noble Parking and Piedmont Review. For more information on the Summer Jazz Series or Villa Christina, call 404-303-0133 or visit For Corporate sponsorship or exhibitor information, contact Terri Harof at or call 404-786-7410.

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