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Event Details

August 19, 2022
6:00 pm –10:00 pm


Free for Members, $25 for Not Yet Members


High Museum of Art

Event Description

Join us for an evening access to the Museum as the sounds of live jazz surround you.  Enjoy a drink and light food fare, head to the galleries to explore the High’s collection and special exhibitions or join a docent tour and learn more about works on view.

Curated by Kevin Bales, the event will feature two musical areas where musicians will play throughout the evening, layering notes and improvising melodies.


Atrium –
6:30- 7:15 p.m., 7:50 – 8:40 p.m., 9 – 9:30 p.m.

Orkin Terrace –
6:30–7:30 p.m. and 8–9 p.m.


Docent Tour

Begins at 6:30 p.m.

Docent tours meet in the Taylor Lobby and are on a first-come, first-served basis. 

No drinks allowed in the galleries.


About Kevin Bales

Pianist Kevin Bales was seventeen when he first encountered jazz and decided to make it his life’s work. Though he might have been late to the party, he could commit to the music with a reasonable degree of expectation, as he was already an accomplished pianist, with classical chops refined since the age of ten. At age sixteen, he was invited to audition for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, then under the direction of Robert Shaw.


Kevin attended the University of North Florida and its budding jazz program. There he met and performed with—and went on to record and tour with—several monumental jazz artists: Wynton Marsalis, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, James Moody, Ben Tucker, Ira Sullivan, Sam Rivers, and Nat Adderley. He counts among his mentors bassist Ben Tucker; multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan; guitar legends Nathen Page, leading to fifteen years of tours and four albums together, and Jack Petersen; and the fiercely individual saxophonist Bunky Green, with whom he toured for five years. His work with trumpeter extraordinaire Marcus Printup has become a lifetime association and has included recordings on Blue Note/Capital records. Ten years of touring and recording with vocal iconoclast René Marie culminated in a Grammy-nominated album. His most recent recording of music composed by Fred Rogers was selected as one of the top ten albums of 2018 by Cadence Magazine and


In 1994, less than a decade into his jazz career, Kevin won the American Pianist Association’s Jazz Piano Competition. In addition to countless jazz venues in the South, he has performed in some of the most acclaimed clubs and festivals worldwide, including the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, the Bakery in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center jazz series, the Toronto and Edinburgh jazz festivals, and the Moscow International Performing Arts Center. Kevin teaches jazz at North Florida and has been an integral part of the school’s jazz program for more than a decade. He currently manages his own jazz program, overseeing an ambitious schedule of eager jazz students, and runs the improvisation and small group programs at Georgia State University.


General Information

  • Due to the popularity of this event, staff strongly suggests reserving tickets online in advance of your visit. Members enjoy FREE tickets to HIGH Frequency Friday; however, tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Seats are limited.
  • Guest passes are valid for general admission only and cannot be redeemed during this event.
  • No outside food or beverage is permitted.
  • Parking in the Woodruff Arts Center garage is limited and may reach capacity before you arrive. We recommend the Promenade Parking Garage (32 14th Street NE) for alternate parking.


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