"Playing 'Bop' is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing." - Duke Ellington
Featuring these outstanding musicians:
Jay Payette - Drums
"I play drums to silence the voices
in my head"
Clyde Pound - Keyboard
"I play jazz 'cause I'm still breathing"
David Higginbotham - Bass
”Without jazz the world would Bb"
Matt Dickson - Saxophone
"Gets along, plays well with others"
Bebop is a form of jazz that was created as a revolt against the restrictions on creative freedom that were typical of the big bands of the swing era.
Bebop was a natural response to this. Most bebop players turned to small combos where there was a lot more room for innovative improvisation. Bebop musicians based their improvisation around chord changes rather than just embellishing a melody. One popular method of writing bebop tunes, utilized by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and many others, was to take the chord changes from an existing piece and write or improvise a new melody over those changes.
Join us at the Garland County Library and help us embellish a melody
Oct 9th: The Music of Louis Armstrong
Nov 13th: The Swing Era
Feb 12th: Fusion, Incorporating Elements of
Sunday, December 8, is the next showcase scheduled for Stardust in the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa at 239 Central. Starting time is 3pm.
Admission is $8 with none for students 18 years and younger. We encourage the young student to attend and learn some ball room dance steps by participating with the instructors who have brought their students.
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 ofthe professional dancers that will attend this event. These dancers come from as far away as Memphis, Texarkana, Waco, Dallas and Little Rock accompanied by their students and guaranteeing the evening’s entertainment promises as much for viewing as there is for dancing.
Membership Meeting & Birthday Party
featuring The Village Big Band
Saturday, January 25, 2014
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Free to Members
Members may bring a guest for $25.
(When joining this may be applied to their membership fee)
Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks for Sale
Water, Coffee and Tea Complimentary
Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres
Large dance floor - Dancing encouraged!!!
Plenty of seats for attendee listening pleasure!!
The Village Big Band
is noted for their danceable arrangements
They are returning for their 2nd performance for the
Jazz Society membership party.
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 Jazz Fest concert held every September.
This year marked the 22nd Jazz Fest, which also provided music education seminars, workshops, lectures and a variety of jazz concerts.
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 Jazz Fest.
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.