Atlanta Teen Jazz Fusion Set to Perform for The World This Saturday May 18, 2018 15:43
Words by Taylor Pack: Live & Listen
In the truly collaborative spirit that embodies jazz culture, Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs is partnering with Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs to broadcast a live performance by local teen jazz fusion group Audio Wolf. The broadcast will go out to Atlanta’s 17 sister cities around the world. The event is part of Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 31 Days of Jazz which provides the city with a full month of entertainment by showcasing our most talented musicians and artists in Atlanta’s best galleries, museums, and neighborhoods. Each night of 31 Days of Jazz features a different jazz related event, and this Saturday on May 19th at Soul Village in Little Five Points, Audio Wolf will showcase their talents as they perform for not only a local, live audience, but also for audiences around the world.
Audio Wolf is a jazz fusion band featuring 5 of greater Atlanta’s most talented high school jazz musicians. The band is the flagship program for Sound Education Experience (SEE), a local non-profit organization that focuses on personalized outreach for youth through music, art, and creative expression. The students in Audio Wolf have a unique experience and learn from professionals that want to help rising musicians achieve their goals. The members not only develop their own sound but also learn how to create their own music through leadership and collaboration.
Two members of Audio Wolfe will be moving on and attending college this fall. Mwanzi Hariott’s hard work and dedication to playing guitar helped him earn a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Kevin Oliver’s talent and commitment on saxophone earned him a scholarship to The Julliard School in New York City. Bassist and rising senior Devon Gates enormous musical voice is equally as powerful as her ambitions outside of music. She plans to study neuropsychology in order to help people by one day serving to shape global health policy. Shania Curry (drums) and Curtis Olawumi (trumpet) round out the band’s line-up that is set to perform this weekend in Little Five Points.
In the past Audio Wolf has shared the stage with Howard Hewitt, Vivian Green, Chante Moore, Robert Glasper, Rhonda Thomas, and many more. In 2017 they traveled abroad and performed at The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and in 2019 they have the opportunity to travel to Cuba and play at The Havana Jazz Festival. The collective talents and hard work of these young musicians will be on full display Saturday at Soul Village and also streaming live as Audio Wolf performs for the world.
Watch Audio Wolf perform "Breathe New Life" here: