Atlantic City Juneteenth’s Jazz in the Park Marks Celebratory Closing to Holiday

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY — The threat of rain delayed the inaugural Jazz in the Park Juneteenth Celebration at the Harold R. Brown Memorial Park one day from Saturday to Sunday, but the crowd filled seats in front of the stage in appreciation of great music and fellowship.

Put on by the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Jazz in the Park is connected with the organization’s annual jazz series that is annually performed on the Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk, but has been postponed the past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chicken Bone Beach founder Henrietta Shelton said the series will return once funding is secure.

In the meantime, the audience got a taste of what the series is all about with international performer Greg Osby and his Juneteenth Ensemble of Jonathan Michel, Adam Faulk and Khary Abdul Shaheed. The musicians played for more than hour to the delight of fans under sunny skies at the park, which made the ideal venue for the concert.

City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz, who is also president of the Atlantic City NAACP, co-sponsored the event and make introductory comments at the program. Other supporters included Comcast NBCUniversal, the Atlantic City Community Fund and the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.

Here are a few pictures of the event:

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