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A diverse group of young friends smile and clink drinks.

Event Details

April 19, 2019
6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.


Free with Museum Admission
FREE for Members


High Museum of Art

Event Description

Mark your calendar for live jazz at the High, hosted by Jamal Ahmad from Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Atlanta’s jazz station! On the third Friday of every month, you’ll enjoy music, drinks, and art. Each month will feature a different style of jazz, from straight ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing, and more.

Derrick Jackson holding his trombone on the street.

April features the music of Derrick Jackson. Derrick “DJ” Jackson is a Georgia native working to create a new sound and idea for the trombonist world. In 1999, while he was enrolled at Florida A&M University, DJ made his first professional recordings for the Tallahassee Democrat and Burger King commercials. He later recorded for Dirty South artist Field Mob. Before graduating from college, DJ performed on the US tour of Forever Swing. It was this experience that led to his performing with Barry Manilow the next year and also to many other performance opportunities.

DJ created with co-founding trumpeter Philbert Andrews the ABOVE STANDARDZZ hip-hop/jazz combo, whose members also included world-renowned baritone saxophonist Jason Marshall. After graduating, DJ moved to Atlanta, where he began teaching and performing. During the summer of 2010, DJ was hired to play trombone for the world premiere of Douglas Tappin’s I Dream. That summer, DJ made an appearance in the Farrelly brothers’ movie The 3 Stooges. The following summer, DJ recorded trombone lines on the Rick Ross album Teflon Don for the track “Maybach Music III,” featuring Rick Ross, Jadakiss, T.I., and Erykah Badu.

DJ has played with numerous musicians and groups, including Billboard award winner Dionne Farris, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Holliday, Barry Manilow, Wycliffe Gordon, Kebbi Williams, Bumpin’ the Mango, the official Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, Joe Gransden Big Band, Randy Brecker, Jeff Jarvis, Juno award winner PJ Perry, Broadway trumpeter Paul Baron, Atlanta Latin Jazz band led by Rob Opitz, Mario Fogg’s Brass Band, Marcus Lewis Big Band, Saunders Sermons, Melvin Jones, Mike Burton, Diron Holloway, Edward Williams, and a host of other talented musical leaders of this century.

Last summer, DJ had the pleasure of performing a two-month run of the musicals Memphis and In the Heights and now is working on the Hunchback of Notre Dame under the musical direction of Ann-Carol Pence at the Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, Ga., and the Rialto Theatre in Atlanta. Recently, DJ recorded for the Russell Gunn Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra debut CD to be released later this summer. DJ’s single Play 2 Win is available on iTunes and Amazon Prime, and he is currently working on his first solo project, The DJ Encounter.

DJ plays exclusively on Courtois Trombones and Giddings and Pickett Brass Mouthpieces!

Derrick Jackson’s Band:
Derrick Jackson –  Trombone
Keven Shepherd – Saxophones
Edward Williams – Trumpet
Melvin Jordan – Guitar
Maurice Figgins – Bass
Che’ Marshall – Drums

Join us for Drawing in the Galleries during each Friday Jazz from 6 to 9 p.m.
Drop in and sketch live, clothed models in our galleries. We welcome all ranges of drawing experience, including guests who are picking up a sketchbook for the first time! Learn more about Drawing in the Galleries.

Seating for Friday Jazz is limited and opens at 6 p.m. There is no reserved seating. Standing room is plentiful. Friday Jazz is FREE with Museum admission and FREE for members.

Prepay for guaranteed parking, take MARTA to the Arts Center Station (N5), or take a Lyft.

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Lyft is the official rideshare partner of The Woodruff Arts Center. New Lyft users may use the code WOODRUFFARTS for $5 off their first two rides. When heading to The Woodruff, ask your driver to follow in-app navigation directions to the drop-off areas on Callaway Plaza at the corner of Peachtree Street and 15th or on Arts Center Way.

Smithsonian Year of Music Logo.This event is part of the Smithsonian Year of Music. For more information, please visit

Interested in having your band perform at the High for a future Friday Jazz event? Visit to get in touch.