Magic City Smooth Jazz in Birmingham is partnering with Alabama State Parks to present a free concert at Monte Sano State Park on April 12, from 6-9 p.m.
The concert will feature Dee Lucas on soprano sax and guitarist Roland Gresham. The concert is free, but park entry fees apply ($4).
Monte Sano State Park is located at 5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville, Ala., 35801.
Executive director Bernard Lockhart founded Magic City Smooth Jazz in 2008 in order to share his love of jazz with thousands of people across the state. Magic City Smooth Jazz organizes up to 14 free Jazz in the Park concerts each year primarily in the Birmingham area.
From supporting jazz artists in Alabama to attracting national acts such as Esperanza Spalding, Lockhart said that the mission of Magic City Smooth Jazz is to increase access to cultural activities for all Alabamians.
“We’d like to enhance the cultural arts in underserved communities by supporting area jazz musicians and educating youth and adults through music workshops and free concerts like the one at Monte Sano,” Lockhart said. “Our goal is to cover the entire state. What better way to do that than through state parks.”
Jazz in the Park is made possible through individual contributions and by groups such as the Alabama State Council on the Arts. For more information about Jazz in the Park, call Bernard Lockhart at 205-616-1735 or visit magiccitysmoothjazz.com.
The Alabama State Parks Division operates and maintains 22 state parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit www.alapark.com.