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(Atlanta Journal Constitution) — The National Black Arts Festival’s schedule is lean this year, the result of fund-raising realities amid a recession and a new leader’s push to focus the annual gathering’s programming.

Like last year’s edition, the upcoming festival will run five busy days, Wednesday through Sunday. Ambitious and diverse, the offerings range from a musical tribute to the late Curtis Mayfield and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon leading a big band performance of his score for the 1925 silent film “Body and Soul” to a “Brazil Fest” component organized in conjunction with the Consulate of Brazil in Atlanta.

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