What a sweet sound! Lineup announced for Jazz in the Park
Published on May 31, 2022
It’s been two years since jazz fans gathered for the popular Jazz in the Park-Huntsville concert series, but organizers are hoping a live audience return and roster of featured artists will make the event this year bigger and better than ever.
Jazz in the Park events in 2020 and 2021 were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although they still offered a taste of live music performed by top talent, virtual events lacked the excitement of a live audience.
“Despite the pandemic, it was important to keep the momentum of the event going,” said Kenny Anderson, organizer and director of the City of Huntsville’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI). . “Virtual shows not only allowed artists to continue sharing their art with audiences, but they also allowed audiences to temporarily escape from the realities of the pandemic.”
Anderson is excited about the return of live audiences this year, though he encourages attendees to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is also thrilled with the return of live audiences and said Jazz in the Park is an important part of the city’s efforts to create a thriving music ecosystem. Those efforts, which began with a music audit in 2018, took a giant leap forward this year with the hiring of music officer Matt Mandrella and the completion of the Orion Amphitheater.
“We are thrilled that the Orion is hosting one of this year’s Jazz in the Park concerts,” said Mayor Battle. “It’s a world-class venue that’s been built for all genres, including jazz, opera, and hip-hop.”
This year’s concerts will be held every Sunday in September in Big Spring Park, with the exception of 9/11, which will be held at the Orion Amphitheater in the MidCity District. The headliner of the Orion show will be Matthew Whitaker, an internationally acclaimed jazz prodigy featured on “60 Minutes.”
The artists’ schedule is as follows:
Sunday, September 4 – Big Spring Park East
- 5 p.m.: Jemison High Jazz Band
- 6 p.m.: John Stoddart
- 7:30 p.m.: Ragan Whiteside
Sunday September 11. – The Orion amphitheater
- 5:00 p.m.: Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Group
- 6 p.m.: Jeff Ryan
- 7:30 p.m.: Matthew Whitaker
Sunday, September 18 – Big Spring Park East
- 5 p.m.: Columbia High School Jazz Orchestra
- 6 p.m.: Gino Rosario
- 7:30 p.m.: Adam Hawley
Sunday, September 25 – Big Spring Park East
- 5 p.m.: Grissom High School Jazz Orchestra
- 6pm Dee Lucas
- 7:30 p.m. Phil Denny
Jazz in the Park-Huntsville is presented by Cynthia Joiner Real Estate and is a collaboration between the City’s ODEI and the Huntsville Parks & Recreation Department. It is generously supported by Lexus of Huntsville, Huntsville Utilities, Phoenix, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and many other sponsors.
For more information, visit the Jazz in the Park-Huntsville Facebook page. Click here for more on ODEI and here for more details on Mayor Battle’s music initiative.