Meadowbrook Park Jazz Walk, Urbana Illinois
A Musical Evening Stroll
Our local Park District organized a great event last Friday evening, September 16: The Jazz Walk in the Wandell Sculpture Garden. Walking on these paths in Meadowbrook Park is always lovely at any time of the year—a long and a short loop meander past 30 acres of restored Illinois prairie, over a brook, and alongside an immaculate herb garden, plus community organic garden plots. Dotted along the paths are large outdoor sculptures that fit beautifully into their outdoor setting.
(Below: New Orleans Jazz Machine)
But, this walk is even more special as the Park District brings in various local musical performers who play for the throngs of walkers for around 2 hours, just as the sun is setting. This year there were 8 groups, all excellent although all with a slightly different style of jazz music. Most of the groups were positioned in front of a sculpture, so we had the benefit os both art and music. Local people came out in full support—I’ve never seen so many people in the park before—and we passed old folk, families with kids running around, young couples pushing strollers, teenagers on skateboards, people with dogs on leashes, a guy making balloon animals and other creations for walkers to wear. What fun!
(Below, Jazz Cycle in front of “Is it Too Late?”)
(Below, Almost Anything (group) in front of “Fluke”)
(Below, Johnathan Beckett & Young Kim, in front of “Balencia”)