2018 Hot Springs JazzFest

August 30 - September 2


Latest News 

Jun 12, 2018




No Cover, No Smoking

Food served.  Voted BEST BURGERS in HOT SPRINGS!

Thursday, September 20

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

featuring James Pianalto on saxophone

James Pianalto is in his 26th year of teaching.  He is currently in his second year of teaching instrumental music at Bryant Middle School.  He has been a Jazz and concert band clinician throughout the state of Arkansas.  James holds degrees from the University of Central Arkansas where he studied saxophone with Dr. Jackie Lamar, and the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon. His professional honors include: National Finalist for the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate solo Who’s Who Among American Teachers.  He currently performs regularly with the Jubilation Jazz Praise and worship Jazz Band.  Previously, Mr. Pianalto has entertained audiences playing lead tenor with: the Bella Vista Big Band, The David Rosen Big Band, the Stardust Big Band, and the Tom Tirrato Orchestra.  He has also performed with The Northwest Arkansas Winds, the Little Rock Wind Symphony and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.  He attends. Salem United Methodist Church and has two sons, Aidan (14 years) and Evan (8 years.)

 James will be joined by


May 17, 2018


Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

Dance All Your Cares Away !!!

Starts at 3:00pm

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sundy, May 6, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Arlington Resort Hotel Crystal Ballroom, 239 Central, Hot Springs 

  The Stardust Big Band continues to attract dancers from states that border Arkansas since Stardust provides fantastic live dance music so often missing in area events. 

Though Stardust performs for many weddings and special events their impetus is on providing a live dancing experience each month at the Arlington Hotel and Spa.

Admission is only $10, but is free for students 18 years and younger.

Dancers from Memphis, St. Louis, Texarkana, Austin and Houston continue to frequent this monthly event to enjoy and practice their dance routines. 

The evening’s entertainment promises as much for viewing as dancing since area dance instructors bring their students to practice dancing in a live musical venue.

This powerhouse 17 piece big band, organized in 1982, is the only big band consistently performing in Arkansas.  The popular TV show "Dancing With The Stars" would be hard pressed to compete with some of the professional dancers that attend this event !!!  Come and see for yourself!!!

For information call: 501-767-5482


May 16, 2018

Listen to KUHS-FM 102.5

(and on the web at


 every Saturday morning

10AM to 1PM

for great jazz!!!






A very short bio on the Hot Springs Jazz Society:


January 1992 is the birthday of the Hot Springs Jazz Society, and the date of its first official membership meeting.

This organization was founded to perpetuate, preserve and promote the jazz music, an original American art form.

The mission is partially accomplished through a scholarship program that sends qualified music students to the summer jazz camp at the University of Arkansas -Monticello.

The mission is further accomplished by providing jazz music events in the Hot Springs area, most notably the free outdoor JazzFest concert held every September. 

This year marks the 25th Hot Springs JazzFest and the first time in over twenty years that Jazz and Blues have come together over Labor Day Weekend together.  

The efforts of the Hot Springs Jazz Society have brought national recognition to our jazz events, resulting in increased tourism and nationally known artists requesting performance appearances at JazzFest.



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, Weyerhaeuser Foundation and Elisabeth Wagner Foundation along with numerous other corporate and private sponsors.