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Michael Cruse poses in a suit and hat while holding his trumpet.

Event Details

March 18, 2022
6:00 pm –9:00 pm


Members: Free
Not-Yet-Members: $25
Registration Required


High Museum of Art

Event Description

Please Note: Admission to this event does not include admission to The Obama Portraits Tour. To see this exhibition, visitors must purchase Obama Portraits tickets, which include admission to the Museum.

Enjoy evening access to the Museum as the sounds of live jazz surround you. Curated by Deb Bowman, the event will feature two musical areas where musicians will play throughout the evening, layering notes and improvising melodies.


About Michael Cruse

Michael Cruse poses in a suit and hat while holding his trumpet. Jazz musician, composer, and emerging artist Michael Cruse has captivated audiences worldwide with his unique take on the vocals and trumpet-playing style of Louis Armstrong—who is one of his musical influences along with Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, and Roy Hargrove. Michael was born into a family of gospel musicians, through which he inherited his love of performing and learned how to read and write music. He received a degree in jazz studies performance and composition from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. After graduating, he released his first album, Unbridled, with his group the Michael Cruse Quintet.

Michael consistently performs in Atlanta and tours across the nation at various concert halls, venues, jazz festivals, and jazz clubs. He has performed and studied with such jazz greats as Roy Hargrove, Les McCann, J.D. Allen, Terence Blanchard, Javon Jackson, Lew Soloff, Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, John Fedchock, Fareed Haque, Vince DiMartino, Gail Wynters, Byron Stripling, Jeff Hamilton, John Von Ohlen, and Kevin Harris. His compositions, arrangements, and jingles have appeared in TV shows, films, and commercials across the nation, and his latest single, “You” (2020), can be found on music-streaming platforms.

Michael recently formed a nonprofit to give back his love of jazz to the Atlanta community. The nonprofit aims to provide instruments, instruction, and mentors to school band programs across Atlanta and to introduce the love and fellowship of jazz and its strong history to students as early as kindergarten.


Before your visit, please review the High’s COVID Guidelines.

General Information: 

  • Due to the popularity of this event, we ask that you reserve tickets online in advance of your visit.
  • 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.
  • Seating is extremely limited, and priority is given to guests who have accessibility challenges.
  • No outside food or beverage is permitted.


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