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Khari Cabral Simmons laughing in a peach-colored shirt in front of a vibrant mint-colored wall.

Event Details

May 21, 2021
6:00 pm –9:00 pm


Preregistration required
Members: FREE
Not-Yet-Members: $25


High Museum of Art

Event Description

This is not your typical Friday Jazz. Curated by Khari Cabral Simmons, the event will feature a musical area outside of the Museum (weather permitting), where the band will play throughout the evening, layering notes, improvising melodies, and drawing on inspiration from jazz history.

Reserve your tickets today for Friday Jazz. Walk-up tickets are not available. All tickets must be reserved online in advance.

Ticketing Information:

  • All tickets must be reserved online in advance. Walk-up tickets will not be available.
  • Members enjoy FREE tickets to Friday Jazz; however, tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Guest passes are valid for general admission only and cannot be redeemed during this event.

New Safety Precautions for Friday Jazz: 

  • All guests over the age of two are required to wear a mask while inside the Museum.
  • Eating and drinking may take place in designated areas outside on the Orkin Terrace and on the Piazza where guests may remove their masks to enjoy a beverage or snack.
  • Coat check is not available during this time.
  • Seating is extremely limited, and priority is given to guests who have accessibility challenges.
  • No outside food or beverage is permitted.
  • Some of the evening’s performances will take place outside. Please dress accordingly.
  • Parking in the Woodruff Arts Center garage is free to members; however, capacity is limited and will be first come first served. Members must show proof of membership upon entering the garage: membership card (plastic or digital) or membership purchase confirmation email.


About Khari Cabral Simmons

Khari Cabral Simmons performing on a purple-lit stage.

Khari Cabral Simmons is a pioneer of Atlanta’s eclectic underground soul scene. In the mid-1990s, he cofounded the Atlanta collective Earthseed with friends India Arie, Sirius.B, Anasa Troutman, and Donnie.

After the group disbanded, Khari remained an in-demand bassist, playing alongside the likes of Gaelle, Donnie, Roy Ayers, and Russell Gunn, and eventually signing on as India Arie’s bassist in early 2000. When India Arie was offered the opening act of Sade’s Lovers Rock tour, she invited Khari to join her on the road; after the three-month tour, Khari became a full-time member of her band.

As a recording artist, Khari has garnered a reputation for crafting Brazilian-influenced soul sounds with his band Jiva and now in his solo career. His collaborations on many musical projects have included work with Monday Michiru, Bluey from Incognito, Cecilia Stalin of Koop, Chantae Cann, Brenda Nicole Moorer, Grant Green Jr., and Sabrina Malheiros.

In his latest EP, Soul Bossa, Khari continues exploring his unique style of soul bossa, paying homage to musicians like Burt Bacharach, Sérgio Mendes, and Quincy Jones.


Park in the garage, 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.