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Arkansas Jazz Experience kicks off in April
with Larry Womack!
The Arkansas Jazz Experience hosted by the Hot Springs Jazz Society and the Quapaw Baths and Spa, 413 Central, will be presented every fourth Friday of the month starting Friday, April 24, at 6pm. Admission is $15 and $10 for Jazz Society members. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres are served and a cash bar is available.
For Larry Womack, the April guest artist, music has always been a big part of his life. He began teaching himself the guitar when he was 12 years old. In high school, he played in bands at his local teen town.
Larry moved to Hot Springs in 1981. In the course of 35 years as a professional musician, he has played country and western, rock n roll, & blues in venues large and small from Colorado to Georgia and from Texas to West Virginia. During his career, he has written songs and, for 8 years, he owned and operated a recording studio in Hot Springs.
In the 1990’s he was asked first by Tony Nardi to play with him at the Hot Springs JazzFest. Later he sang and played with Shirley Chauvin in the Stardust band at the JazzFest. In 1998 he was asked to host a blues jam for the Spa City Blues Society. He has continued, off and on, to host that jam. He has played the Blues Festival several times. In 2000, he was part of the band for Lee Oskar, the headliner that year for the Blues Festival.
Larry continues performing in several formats. He plays a single on acoustic guitar and a duo with Jacqueline Beaumont. He also plays guitar with the Ohio Club Players many weekends. He continues to host the Spa City Blues Society hump night jam with the Hump Night Band trio.
The evening’s performance is only $10 for Jazz Society members and $15 for non-members. Become a new member of the Jazz Society that evening and you will receive your entrance to the show free.
Admission includes complimentary light hor’doeuvres and a cash bar is available. Seating is first come first serve and limited.
Call (501) 627-2425 for information.
Sunday, March 16, is the next showcase scheduled for Stardust in the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa at 239 Central. Starting time is 3pm.
Here is the trumpet section, ready to go:
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 $8 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!!!
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.