Jazz on the Lawn: Joey "Papa J" Sommerville
Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts.
Jazz on the Lawn is a great way to spend time with friends, unwind, and listen to an evening of live music. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Concerts begin at 7:30 PM.
Concerts conclude at 9:30 PM.
Joey "Papa J" Sommerville
As we mature, we are ourselves only more so. Welcome to the World of Papa J.
On a cold night way back in 2015, an iconic contemporary jazz trumpet player named Joey Sommerville started to peel back yet another layer of his Being and Artistry. Never one to abandon his musical vision and integrity, Joey was hearing another kind of music in his head.
This was New Music. It was informed in part by his years of performing with blues legends and jam band superstars. It was a homecoming, as the years spent with B.B. King protégé Big Joe Burrell and working with the megaband Phish mingled with the contemporary jazz years, while always including the early influences of Rock, R&B, Gospel, and Classic Blues. It was time to say something Bigger, something New, something Authentic to the moment. Out of this creative primordial soup, Papa J was born.
Musically ready to tell it like it is, he’s speaking his mind. Ready to entertain, stir you to action, make you dance, cry, laugh, or just nod your head, he’s here. REALLY here.
Just telling it like it is, Papa J style.
Parking is free and on-site for VIP Table guests and on a first come, first serve basis for General Admission guests. Additional parking is available across the street at Atlanta Metro Cathedral (999 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 30306).
Food and Drink
Outside food and beverages are allowed at Jazz on the Lawn. We will have a cash bar on-site (serving beer, wine, water, snacks, and soft drinks). There will be food for sale provided by Sun In My Belly.
General Admission: Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the show from the lawn surrounding Callanwolde’s amphitheater. Chairs are not provided. Seating is unassigned- come early and claim the best spot!
Buy in advance and save. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. Credit or debit card only.
VIP Tables: Enjoy the show in style at a VIP Table for you and your party. We provide the tables and chairs. Tables are located on the first few tiers of Callanwolde’s amphitheater- the best seats in the house!
VIP Ticketholders: Check in with our usher at the Amphitheater for your table number. Tables will be held under the name of purchaser.
These concerts will be held rain or shine.
With help from the following sponsors, Callanwolde is able to accomplish its mission of preserving the historic Candler Estate and offering fine arts and outreach to the community.
Annual Diamond Level Sponsor
Annual Platinum Level Sponsor
Annual Gold Level Sponsor
Friend Level Support of the Jazz on the Lawn Concert Series