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23rd Annual Jazz Fest

September 16-21, 2014

Location: Various Locales around Hot Springs

23nd Annual Hot Springs JazzFest Presented by the Hot Springs Jazz Society Featuring Arkansas’ Jazz Artists

Purchase tickets online at or call 501-627-2425

Schedule listed below or for a printable schedule, please click here.

Tuesday, September 16


  • Time: 7:00 p.m. Guitar-rama will present six guitar players from all genres of music, bringing their own interpretation to both their own genre and jazz. Featured artists are Les Pack, Bill Huntington, Ed Smith, Ted Ludwig, Michael Carenbauer and Larry Womack accompanied by Joe Vick on bass, Brian Brown on drums, Clyde Pound on Keyboard and Shirley Chauvin as Emcee.
  • Location: Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa's Crystal Ballroom, 239 Central Avenue
  • Admission: $30 Member / $35 Non-Member, “Combo Ticket” available

Wednesday, September 17

Jazz 101:History of Jazz from the Early Roots to Contemporary Style

  • Presented free in collaboration with the Garland County Library, "Jazz 101" will present an exploration of jazz music, its musicians, styles and the instruments in a free concert that will be both educational and entertaining. Artists presenting include Gary Meggs (Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas in Monticello) on saxophone, Clyde Pound on keyboard, Jay Payette on drums, and Byron Yancey on bass.
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garland Country Library, 1427 Malvern Avenue
  • Admissions: No Admission Fee

Thursday, September 18

Shirley Chauvin’s S’Wonderful

  • Co-hosted by the Quapaw Baths & Spa historic bathhouse Shirley Chauvin will dazzle on vocals. The evening will include an intimate setting up close with the musicians and an opportunity to visit with other jazz enthusiasts while Shirley Chauvin’s little big band S’Wonderful entertains with a swingin’ musical experience.
  • Complimentary hor d’ oeuvres and a cash bar.
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Quapaw Baths & Spa, 417 Central Avenue
  • Admissions: $10 Member / $15 Non-Member, “Combo Ticket” available

Friday, September 19

Classical Jazz Explosion:

  • Featuring the Quapaw String Quartet and the ATM Jazz Band
    with New York guest artist Ray Blue on saxophone and vocalist Tyler Stephenson
  • Classical/Jazz Explosion will combine a classical string quartet with a jazz combo, creating an “Explosive Fusion “ of music. Featuring the Quapaw String Quartet (Eric Hayward on 1st violin, Meredith Maddox Hicks on violin, Katrina Weeks on viola and David Gerstein on cello) and the ATM Jazz Band (Ce Askew on drums, Les Pack on guitar, Stuart Coles on bass and Clyde Pound on keyboard), the evening will include performances from each musical group before the two converge together to create a whole new sound. New York based guest artist Ray Blue will perform on saxophone and vocalist Tyler Stephenson will sing with local darling Shirley Chauvin.
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Five Star Theater, 710 Central Avenue
  • Admissions: $30 Member / $35 Non-Member, “Combo Ticket” available

Saturday, September 20


  • Bill Solleder of Low Key Arts as special guest Emcee
  • The traditional outdoor concert “Jazz in the Streets” under the Broadway Street Sky-Bridge will begin at 11am and include five Arkansas Jazz Groups presenting music that range from Dixieland to Latin jazz.
    Chairs are Limited - Bring lawn chairs to ensure you have a seat.
        • 11:00 a.m. – Dizzy 7
        • 12:00 p.m. – Tri-Tones
        • 1:00 p.m. – Arkansas Jazz Orchestra
        • 2:00 p.m. – ATM w/New York guest artist Ray Blue on saxophone
        • 3:00 p.m. – University of Arkansas in Monticello Jazz Band
        • 4:00 p.m. –   featuring TwiceSax
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Under the Sky-Bridge on Broadway St. in Hot Springs’ Entertainment District
  • Admissions: FREE!
  • No Coolers Please. Bring your lawn chair.

Sunday, September 21

Jazz Mass

  • At St Luke's Episcopal Church
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will present its 15th annual Jazz Mass, a special program of worship and jazz music.  Featuring the music of recently passed Horace Silver, the performing musicians will be Bill Huntington on bass, Matt Dickson on saxophone, Chris Parker on piano, Jay Payette on drums, Shelley Martin on flute, and Charlie Wilson on clarinet.
  • Time: 10:45 a.m.
  • Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 228 Spring Street, (501) 623-1653

Jazz After Church

  • Jazz is alive and well in Hot Springs, but a variety of jazz styles based on non-secular materials is not often experienced.  This entire program will creatively present jazz interpretations of hyms and other material of a sacred nature with respect to the original intent of each composer and text author.
  • The musicians presenting the selections are Gary Meggs (saxophone, woodwinds), Byron Yancey (bass and voals), Ron Hall (keyboard and vocals), John Henley (trumpet), Mike Lovelady (percussion), and Lucas Murray (guitar.)  Featured vocallists are Fedette "Lady J" Johnson and Kayce Glasse.  
  • Time: 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: First United Methodist Church, 1100 Central Avenue
  • Admissions: No Admission Fee

The Hot Springs Jazz Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to perpetuating, promoting and preserving Jazz Music, an original American art form. The Jazz Society is funded in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission, Arts on Tour, The Giving Tree, Weyerhaeuser Foundation and Elisabeth Wagner Foundation along with numerous other corporate and private sponsors.