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"Jazz in the Streets" JazzFest Event

September 14, 2013 -- 11AM to 5PM

Location: Under the Sky-Bridge on Broadway St.

Admission is FREE! No Coolers Please Bring lawn chairs to ensure you have a seat!

With Dick Antoine of KZNG’s “Talk of the Town” as Emcee.  You will find lunch or dinner with treats to accompany your day outside while enjoying some of Arkansas’ best jazz music.  Start times are approximate.

  • 11am  Spa City Stompers
  • 12pm  U of A in Monticello Jazz Band
  • 1pm  Delta Brass Express
  • 2pm  Henderson State’s NuFusion
  • 3pm  Calle Soul
  • 4pm  106th Army National Guard Band

DICK ANTOINE 

Radio talk show host for 25 years of KZNG 1340's "Talk of the Town" is all that needs to be said of Dick Antoine, guest Emcee for the traditional outdoor JazzFest concert, "Jazz in the Streets" on Saturday.

Spa City Stompers Jazz Band

The sound of Spa City Stompers Jazz Band harkens from dimly lit speakeasies of the roaring 1920s and long- forgotten gramophones playing crackling 78's. In their hot rhythms and sweet melodies, you'll find the glamour, mystery, and excitement of the Jazz Age. Known to grip their audience from beginning to end, The Spa City Stompers gives a memorable performance every time. Spa City Stompers brings New Orleans everywhere they go, by way of 1920's and 30's Hot Jazz, Ragtime, Dixieland, and Second Line tunes.  Opening this year’s “Jazz in the Streets” daylong, outdoor Free festival are Michael Bryant (of Delta Brass Express) on trombone, Ron McHone on clarinet, Jay Payette on drums (see separate listing), Clyde Pound on keyboard (see separate listing), George “Doc” Ryan (formerly with the Dixieland band “Hot Cotton”) on Cornet, Dan Wilkinson on banjo, and Byron Yancey on bass.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS in MONTICELLO'S JAZZ BAND with director Gary Meggs

UAM's premiere Jazz Band directed by Gary Meggs. Meggs has performed with well-known musical groups and performers such as the Four Tops, The Temptations, Barbara Eden, Don Rickles, the Lennon Sisters, Lew Soloff, Tom Bones Malone, Conway Twitty, and Mickey Gilley gave Gary the opportunity to continue to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. This experience, along with being the featured saxophonist with the 106th Army Band, 531st Air Force Band, and many public school and college jazz bands has allowed Gary to build up a base of supporters that have grown to love and enjoy his musical talent. Notably, Gary spent most of 2009 touring with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. During this time Meggs performed all over the USA, Canada and completed the tour with 24 concerts in Japan.

DELTA BRASS EXPRESS

Combining blues and classic rock with a touch of jazz, DELTA BRASS EXPRESS is Arkansas' hottest new band. The brainchild of DeWitt HS alums Mike Bryant and Rick Long, DBE has brought together the best Arkansas has to offer.
Crossett native, Chester Huntsman, fronts the band as vocalist and showman. His earthy singing style along with his theatrical stage presence makes this veteran of rock and blues bands a real find. From Joe Cocker to David Clayton-Thomas, Chester has done it all including singing on a #1 hit.

Lead guitarist and back-up vocalist Jerry McCoy began as a Nashville studio musician. His credits are many having toured with Ronnie Milsap, The Allman Brothers and other greats. His original song "Whistle Blower" hit #1 on the international blues charts and remained there for 15 weeks. He was inducted to the Miss. Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. That's not bad for a Star City boy.

Another veteran of the Nashville studio scene is keyboardist Billy Hoover. There aren't many who can say they have recorded on such labels as Arista and Sony-Epic. Billy has also opened for many name acts like George Strait and Alabama. He is internationally known for his original music that has been featured on network and cable television. Billy comes to us from Jacksonville.

No band can survive without a great bass guitarist and Bill Hickman is ours. As a former band director who now operates a music instrument distribution company, Bill brings new depth to DBE where his years of experience playing with other bands shows in his mastery of all styles. Bill hails from Stuttgart.

Rounding out the rhythm section is co-founder and drummer Rick Long. California is where Rick honed his skills playing with bands in and around Los Angeles. Along with drumming, Rick is a registered nurse. His talent doesn't stop there. He also writes for Modern Drummer and Drum Business magazines. Rick commutes from Kansas City, MO.

The "Brass" in DBE begins with co-founder Mike Bryant. Being at home with all styles of music has made Mike a sought after trombonist throughout the state. His air force band background and music education degree from UAM provide a valuable foundation for DBE. Mike is also the bands business manager, music director & leader. Mike is at home in Bryant.

Saxophonist Gary Meggs comes to us from Monticello where he is currently the head of bands at UAM. Gary frequently tours with the Glenn Miller and Harry James Orchestras along with playing many gigs throughout Arkansas. Gary's skills are not limited to just the sax as he also soars as a flute and clarinet player. This versatility gives DBE a new dimension & lets us achieve sounds no other band can match.

Last but not least is our trumpeter Garry Henson. Garry got his start playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. From there he moved to being first call at such venues as The Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap in the Washington, DC area backing up names such as Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett. His fiery trumpet and mellow flugelhorn complete the unique brass sound of DBE.

HENDERSON STATE'S NuFUSION with Director Rick Dimond

NuFusion is a high-energy large ensemble made up of the top music students from Henderson State University, located in nearby Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Under the creative leadership of the multi-talented Rick Dimond (Acoustisin), NuFusion plays a remarkably wide catalog, from the rock hits of Maroon 5, No Doubt and Smashing Pumpkins, to the classic charts of Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich and Nat King Cole. A crowd-pleasing feature of NuFusion concerts is the group of talented vocalists who front the band. It's also impressive to know that these students arrange the music they perform. NuFusion is so favored they have become a JazzFest regular.

CALLE SOUL

Calle Soul was formed in Fayetteville, AR in the spring of 2009. The group plays a variety of traditional Latin dance music fused with the exiting sounds of American jazz. With an emphasis on musicality and groove, Calle Soul seeks to provide their audience with an experience that is unlike any in the region - satisfying to jazz aficionados, salsa dancers, and music lovers from all walks of life. Featured are Fernando Sanchez (Tumbadoras), Zessna Garcia (Vocals), Fernando Valencia (Pailas, Drums), Andrew Thompson (Bass), Catalina Ortega (Flute), Michael Olefsky (Trombone), Matt Beach (Bass trombone) and Jesse Austin (Piano).
Check out Calle Soul's website

106th ARMY BAND, ARKANSAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD directed by Staff Sergeant Stony Evans

The 106th Army Band formed in 1898 and soon after was mobilized for the Spanish-American War. In World War I the band was named the 153rd Regiment Band and served in France with the 39th Division. During World War II, the band served in Seward, Alaska and was re-designated the 106th Army Ground Forces Band. In October 1957, the 106th was ordered into active federal service at North Little Rock as part of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock's Central High and the band led the inaugural parade for President William Jefferson Clinton in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1993. The Hot Springs Jazz Society is proud to include this historic band as a part of the 22nd Annual Hot Springs JazzFest.

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