Take a Sad Song and Make it Better

Written by Jim Auchmutey, Wren’s Nest Board Member

This was to have been the fifth summer that Jazz Matters performed outdoor concerts from our backyard stage. Much to our regret, the season has been canceled — or at least postponed — because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jazz Matters is a local nonprofit that promotes the music and tradition of one of America’s greatest cultural contributions. Founded by veteran Atlanta musician Edwin Williams and his wife, Janice Williams, Jazz Matters organizes three or four summer concerts on the Wren’s Nest grounds, using the stage that was built in the 1920s for the annual May flower festivals that were held for decades. The concerts draw hundreds of people to the Nest and make our yard look like a West End version of the Chastain Park amphitheater, with candlelit tables, picnic spreads and wine bottles. If you’ve never been, these concerts are some of the most fun events that happen at the Wren’s Nest.
If circumstances permit, we hope to host a couple of outdoor Jazz Matters concerts this autumn. In the meantime, we’ll soon start posting online performances and other surprises from our musical friends. And soon, we’ll tell you about another event scheduled for this summer that had to be canceled because of the pandemic — another concert that might have drawn the largest crowd ever at the Wren’s Nest.

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