As the summer gets hotter,
so does the music of the
Hot Springs Jazz Society’s summer series
"Arkansas Jazz Experience"
with featured player Dave Williams II on the Sax!
“You’ve got to know how to play your horn, but it’s all about building your vocabulary and having a conversation” explains Dave Williams II, featured artists at the Hot Springs Jazz Society’s Arkansas Jazz Experience in July.
“You’ve got to have fun. If you’re not having fun you shouldn’t be playing.”
Dave enjoys taking familiar jazz tunes — such as "All Blues," "Sugar," and "Wave" — and playing them with a fresh interpretation, either in a different meter, speed or style. He believes making music is the highest form of communication, and that above all else, playing should be fun.
Dave currently plays sax with the, Cody Belew & The Mercers, Little Rock Horns, Big John Miller Band, Astro Mice, Dave Rosen Big Band, The Drew Pickens Duo, Freeverse, The Heads of State, The Morange Get Down Band, and the Dave Williams Trio / Quartet. He has performed with The Four Tops, The Viceroys, Sweet Nothin’ Revival, Joe Marks & the NTO Band, The Charlotte Taylor Band, the Conway Pops Orchestra, the Pine Bluff Pops Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Brothers with Different Mothers, Weakness for Blondes and HarMegiddo to name a few.
Quapaw Baths & Spa
413 Central Avenue
Friday, July 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Join Dave Williams and the Arkansas Jazz Experience combo
(Shirley Chauvin on vocals, Clyde Pound on piano,
Jay Payette on drums and David Higginbotham on bass)
in an intimate evening of jazz and friends.
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 at 6pm.
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.
Stardust Big Band at the
Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Sunday, July 27 starting at 3:00 PM
Sunday, August 31 starting at 3:00 PM
Sunday, September 28 starting at 3:00 PM
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 $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!!!
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MARDI GRAS 2015
WILL BE BETTER THAN EVER!!!!
FEBRUARY 7, 2015 at the AUSTIN !!!!!!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!!!
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, Weyerhaeuser Foundation and Elisabeth Wagner Foundation along with numerous other corporate and private sponsors.