Mayor Demings poses for a photo with a family of six, while standing by a gazebo in Cyrpess Grove Park.

Eighth Annual Jazz in the Park Celebrates Noteworthy Community Organizations

Community & Services

More than 1,000 guests attended Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings’ Jazz in the Park on March 2 at historic Cypress Grove Park in Orlando. Mayor Demings was joined by Congresswoman Val Demings and Orange County District 3 Commissioner Mayra Uribe.

“The greatness of our community rests in the performing arts that we have in our region. It’s what makes us unique and brings character to Orange County,” Mayor Demings said as he welcomed guests to the park. “We want to continue to host events like Jazz in the Park Jazz to showcase the many local singers and musicians we have in our own backyard.”

With promotional support from WUCF 89.9 FM, the free event featured live music and food trucks. Attendees sat on lawn chairs and blankets for a picnic while they enjoyed the sounds of local jazz bands. Long-time local jazz radio announcer Yvonne Coleman introduced performances by Matt “The Sax Man,” Jazzway Express, The Dave Capp Project featuring France Neil, Dave Worker and the Union and Safia Valines.

“Music is universal and jazz has such broad appeal,” Matt Suedmeyer, manager of the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division said. “This event – which began in 2012 to recognize citizens, service organizations and the valuable impact of their volunteerism – always provides wonderful entertainment in one of our most popular parks.”

Cypress Grove Park, located alongside Lake Jessamine, has 90 acres of oak and cypress trees and open space. The property is also home to a replica of the 1925 estate house, which is a destination for weddings, soirees, corporate events and holiday celebrations.

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