HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville's popular Jazz in the Park concert series returns to Big Spring Park this September for a four week concert series. As with previous years, performances will be each Sunday in September at Big Spring Park East. The festival is free to attend.
This year's lineup was introduced by Kenny Anderson, Director of the City’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI). “Music is a universal language,” Anderson said. “When people come out for Jazz in the Park, they have an opportunity to connect with people across the whole spectrum of our community.”
Mayor Tommy Battle describes Jazz in the Park as one of the City’s signature events. He said no matter what genre of music people enjoy, the musicianship of the performers is often awe-inspiring. “It features some of the best players in jazz today and we’re lucky to have them on our stage. When people come to Jazz in the Park, they know they’re going to see a display of amazing talent.”
This year’s festival will act as a kick-off event for Huntsville Music Month. Music Officer Matt Mandrella said Jazz in the Park’s enduring popularity is a big part of transforming Huntsville into a music city. “Huntsville is incredibly lucky to have a long-running signature music series of this caliber that has been embraced by the community. Jazz in the Park is a pillar of our annual music calendar and a vital part of growing our music ecosystem because it keeps us on the radar of world-class talent as well as potential visitors who need to see what we’re about.”
Jazz in the Park includes music education workshops for local high school students. The workshops expose young people to high caliber jazz recording artists and cover topics such as improvisation, section playing, tuning, intonation and more.
The schedule of performers is as follows:
Sunday, Sept. 3
- 5 p.m. – Erisa Nicole
- 6 p.m. – Tr3ple Threat
- 7:30 p.m. – Jessy J
Sunday, Sept 10
- 5 p.m. – Noelette Leader-Hutton
- 6 p.m. – Chandra Currelley
- 7:30 p.m. – Brian Simpson
Sunday, Sept. 17
- 5 p.m. – Calhoun Community College Show Band
- 6 p.m. – BK Jackson
- 7:30 p.m. – Alex Bugnon
Sunday, Sept. 24
- 5 p.m. – Angela Bryant Brown
- 6 p.m. – Marqueal Jordan
- 7:30 p.m. – Ben Tankard
Presented by Cynthia Joiner Real Estate, Jazz in the Park-Huntsville is a collaboration between the City’s ODEI and Parks & Recreation Department.
For more information, visit the Jazz in the Park-Huntsville Facebook page. Click here to learn more about ODEI and here to visit the Huntsville Music Office.
WATCH: How Jazz in the Park began (2021 interview)