Jazz in the Park kicks off summer concerts in Youngstown
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown Jazz in the Park kicked off their summer concert series on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s show was the first after a year-long absence due to the pandemic. People gathered at Wick Park in northern Youngstown for a fun evening of jazz music.
Previously, it was held at B&O Spring Commons Park, but the venue has moved due to COVID-19 restrictions to allow more people to attend.
“Put down a blanket, put up a chair, sit back, have a good time and hang out,” said event organizer Jeff Green.
The event has been a Youngstown staple for 28 years. Green’s brother and sister-in-law originally started Jazz in the Park as a children’s program. Over time, it has become an event for the whole community.
“People kept asking for it. So next year we did it again. Then they started asking for more. The parks said, ‘Okay, we’re going to help produce this and bring that together,’ ”Green said.
Spectators enjoyed the food from the vendors and others had their own barbecues, while watching Von James and his band perform their tunes.
“Oh, it turned out fantastic. We had so much fun there, and doing what we love, to come back and do what we love to do, ”said musician Von James.
The event showed how he can unify the community.
“It brings us together. Once we can put all our weapons aside and do everything. White, black, green, yellow – everyone is welcome, ”said event organizer Jap Robinson.
“People get to know each other and it builds relationships. So it’s an added value to our community, ”said Green.