The 2018 Jazz in the Park-Huntsville is rapidly becoming one of the hottest summer concert series in town.
Crowds of about 2,500 – 3,000 brought blankets and lawn chairs to Big Spring Park each week to hear a lineup of world-class series of artists during the five-Sunday September series. The headliners, who record and perform internationally, included keyboardist Gail Jhonson, guitarist Adam Hawley, flautist Kim Scott, keyboardist Brian Simpson and trumpeter Theo Croker.
The musicians gained a host of younger fans this year through a new partnership with Huntsville City Schools to provide music education workshops. Four of the headline artists visited with students at four area schools and shared their experiences and insights about the music industry and life.
Jazz in the Park – Huntsville (JITPH) is a collaboration between the City of Huntsville Office of Multicultural Affairs and Magic City Smooth Jazz, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural activities throughout the state through various styles of jazz in Alabama at no cost to the public.
JITPH was produced in collaboration with local partners including presenting sponsor Lexus of Huntsville, PNC Bank, WZDX TV 54, Royal Funeral Home, Buffalo Rock Company, Drake State Community & Technical College, Royal Funeral Home, Acacia Moore, Alabama A&M University, Bryant Bank, Madison County Commissioner JesHenry Malone, Madison County Legislators Laura Hall, Mike Ball and Rex Reynolds, Renasant Bank, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Reliable Tax Solutions, Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Huntsville (multiple departments), WJAB 90.9 FM, Arts Huntsville and WBHP 94.1 FM.