The 106th Army National Guard Band formed in 1898 and soon after was mobilized for the Spanish-American War. In World War I the band was named the 153rd Regiment Band and served in France with the 39th Division. During World War II, the band served in Seward, Alaska and was re-designated the 106th Army Ground Forces Band. In October 1957, the 106th was ordered into active federal service at North Little Rock as part of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock's Central High and the band led the inaugural parade for President William Jefferson Clinton in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1993.

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” @ 11:00am


Five wonderful musicians, equally at home in the symphony or the jazz band, The Arkansas Brass is a traditional brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba), that performs the best music from the Renaissance to Ragtime. Acclaimed for their ability to entertain all generations, the musicians have thrilled audiences throughout the South. Whether it's a formal evening concert, or a clinic for an astounded audience of school children, the knowledge, experience, excitement, and humor of these respected musician/educators combine for an unforgettable experience. The members are the principal brass players in the South Arkansas Symphony, and all have a Masters or Doctorate in Music. Their alma maters are Northwestern University, the University of North Texas, Henderson State University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Michigan, and the University of Southern Mississippi. The versatility of Arkansas Brass enables it to perform for a wide variety of events: recitals, community concerts, weddings, school programs, outdoor festivals, jazz programs, clinics for music educators, and even funerals. These musicians have done it all. Collectively the members have over two hundred years of playing experience, and they have played together as a quintet for 30 years.

Friday “Classical & Jazz Blow Out” – Five Star Theatre @ 7:00pm

ATM (Anything That Moves)

ATM is a specialty band made up of some of Arkansas’ finest musicians. Led by music director/arranger/pianist Clyde Pound, the Jazz ensemble plays a wide variety of music ranging from swing to modern jazz. Moving to Arkansas after an impressive career in San Francisco as band leader at the Hungry i nightclub and as music contractor and recording producer in Hawaii, Clyde has formed ATM to showcase his extensive jazz combo experience. Included in ATM are Paul Stivitts on drums, David Higginbotham on bass Less Pack on guitar, Clyde Pound on keyboard and Allen Won on saxophone and flute.

Friday “Classical & Jazz Blow Out” – Five Star Theatre @ 7:00pm

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” @ 2:00pm


The youngest of 13 children, Jonathan Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, ruled by Apartheid and segregation. “I was born poor, but richly blessed with talent and the gift to make music,” Butler says.

Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records in 1975 as he became a teenager. More than a decade later, Butler moved to London, England after signing with Jive Records and released his first album internationally. The self-titled set went gold in 1987 in the United Kingdom and in the USA. He received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel. Butler’s 2004 album, Surrender, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar.In concert, Butler remains a captivating and powerful performer, pouring his heart into selections from his immense catalogue. His music has purpose, providing comfort and genuine inspiration. When he sings, he testifies to the glory and healing power of love. When he plays guitar, his fast fingers innately find notes of passion and divinity. Jonathan Butler’s recording career has carried him far, far beyond his wildest dreams.

Monday “Rhythm & Rocks Jazz” – Legoria’s Rhythm & Rocks Jazz Bistro @ Matinee & 8pm


From Fayetteville, Arkansas, Calle Soul plays a variety of traditional Latin dance music fused with the exiting sounds of American jazz. With an emphasis on musicality and groove, Calle Soul seeks to provide their audience with an experience that is unlike any in the region – satisfying to salsa dancers, and music lovers from all walk of life.

Saturday "Jazz in the Streets" @ 3:00pm


Shirley Chauvin studied jazz and music education at North Texas University. She has led her own jazz and fusion combos in the Dallas area, opened for Dionne Warwick, John Davidson, Mel Torme and often appears at jazz festivals in Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona. Chauvin has performed in the Abilene Philharmonic Pops series and tours with the Arkansas Jazz Orchestra. She is the director of S'Wonderful and the co-director of the Little Big Band. Chauvin is a founder of the Hot Springs Jazz Society and is presently President of the board, Chair of the Membership Committee and Editor of the Society newsletter, HotNotes. Chauvin is a key contributor to the production of all Jazz Society programming and director of programming for twelve of the JazzFest events.

Friday “Classical & Jazz Blow Out” – Five Star Theatre @ 7:00pm

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” from 11am – 7pm



Matthew Dickson is a Hot Springs native currently residing in Little Rock.  He attended Fountain Lake schools and received a BM from UALR in 1995.  Since that time, he has resiliently continued to develop his craft through musical partnerships, diligent study, teaching, listening, observing, and performing a wide variety of styles at venues in multiple zip codes.  Mentors and collaborators include: Alvin Fielder, Bill Huntington, Tom Richeson, Chris Parker, Walter Henderson, Arthur Arney, Robert Umiker, Janice Yoes, Buck Powell, Charles Thomas, Joe Vick, Ted Ludwig, Ted Siebs, Tom Cos, James Greeson, and many many more.

Sunday “Lt. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Jazz Mass” – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church @ 10:45 a.m.


London trombonist Bob Dowell, now resides in the city of Greenville, Mississippi. An experienced jazz and commercial player, Bob studied jazz performance at The Royal Academy of Music, London graduation in 1999. Since moving to the US, Bob has played dates at Memphis’ royal Studios with artists including soul singer Al Corte and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics.) Past performance includes Dr. John and The Lower 911, Malaco recording artist Queen Emily with Muscle Shoals’ Swampers and The Kings of Rhythm of Ike Turner fame.

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” with ATM @ 2:00pm


David Higginbotham is known for lyrical bass playing (he plays both the old-style standup bass fiddle AND an Alembic Fretless Electric Bass) and a beautiful tenor voice. Higginbotham keeps busy teaching and playing with the Bob Boyd Sounds and the ATM (Anything That Moves) jazz combo while his day job is teaching music at Stephens Elementary in the Little Rock School District.

Thursday “Jazz Night at The Ohio Club” with Clyde Pound Trio – The Ohio Club @ 7:00pm

Friday “Classical & Jazz Blow Out” with ATM – Five Star Theatre @ 7:00 pm

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” with ATM @ 2:00pm


Bill Huntington’s career is a long list of who’s who in the music world.  Highlighting just a sliver of Bill’s extensive career, Bill was born in New Orleans and began banjo lessons with Lawrence Marrero, the banjoist with the George Lewis Band, at the young age of 11.  By the time he was 12 he began sitting in with the band.

  Bill took up the guitar in his twenty’s playing with Buddy Prima, nephew of Louis Prima.  He started a long association with the Snug Harbor jazz club in the late 70’s playing with local jazz greats such as: Ellis Marsalis, James Black, Red Tyler, Johnny Vidocovitch, Johnny Adams, Germaine Bazzle, Leah Chase, Steve Masakowski and Mike Pellera; not to mention the many out of town artists.

  In 1983 he recorded the album, Syndrome, with Ellis Marsalis, James Black and Kent Jordan.  In 1989 he recorded A Night at Snug Harbor with Marsalis and a debuting 16-year-old Nicholas Payton.

  In the early 90’s Bill’s work with saxophonist Bennie Wallace included touring Europe and Japan and recording.  He also did a few movie sound tracks like White Men Can’t Jump and Blaze with Wallace.

Sunday “Lt. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Jazz Mass” – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church @ 10:45 a.m.


Mezzo-Soprano, Diane Kesling's career has included singing engagements with some of the world's leading opera houses. She was a solo artist on the Metropolitan Opera roster for fourteen years, where she performed over 40 roles. Kesling's professional career has scheduled her all over the world and includes appearances with the most prestigious Opera companies in the world. Since moving to Arkansas, Ms. Kesling has become a teacher of singing, and currently is a professor of voice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she maintains a full studio.

Friday “Classical & Jazz Blow Out” – Five Star Theatre @ 7:00pm


Shelley Martin is a frequent performer in the Hot Springs area.  She maintains an active schedule as a private woodwind instructor, clinician, and performing musician in both classical and jazz venues.  She was the flute instructor at Henderson State University for 11 years, has played flute and piccolo in the North Arkansas Symphony and the Little Rock Wind Symphony, clarinet with the Hot Springs Community Band, and lead alto saxophone in the Hot Springs-based “Stardust Swing Band” for six years.

Over the past 25 years, she has collaborated with professional musicians for numerous recording projects and live musical performances.  Ms. Martin performs on flute and saxophones for the annual “Jazz Mass” held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where she has been a frequent performer on flute for many years.  Shelley holds a master of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and a bachelor of Music Education from Henderson State University.

Sunday “Lt. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Jazz Mass” – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church @ 10:45 a.m.


New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition.

“That’s what we came up under,” says snare-drummer Jenard Andrews of second line bands like the ReBirth, Dirty Dozen and Lil’ Rascals Brass Bands. “Now we’re trying to take that sound and bring in some new stuff and expand it.  We bring outside influences like Earth Wind & Fire and Brass Construction, trying to interpret a different song for every genre, and make it all our own sound.”

With a founding core of five New Orleans natives, New Breed Brass Band made its street debut as a nine-man unit in November 2013 at the Nine Times Second Line.  Since then, they have showcased their originality opening for such diverse bands as The Fray, Red Baraat, Dr. John, The Waterboys, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, as well as competing in the Red Bull Street Kings brass band competition in 2013. 

Most of the members have been playing music since they were toddlers and count such New Orleans legends as James “12” Andrews, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Topsy Chapman, Karl Leblanc, and Bruce “Sun-pie” Barnes as family members.  Honing their childhood experiences playing music with their families, and on through high school marching bands and concert ensembles, the nine members of New Breed are united to one cause: rocking each show and entertaining audiences to the maximum degree possible.  The band’s strong desire is to be the next heavyweight contender among internationally-known New Orleans brass bands.

Whether performing in their hometown or on the road, New Breed will forever bring the vibe of the New Orleans second-line with them.   “We can’t wait,” Andrews says of bringing the New Breed sound to stages and festivals around the world.  “It’s a new breed of music that we’ll be bringing to our culture, and we hope to create a new sound for our city in the process.”

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” @ 4:00-6:00pm


Lester D. Pack graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor of Music Education. He received his Master of Music Degree from the University of Arkansas in Instrumental Conducting. Pack also studied composition and jazz guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Pack is currently associate professor of music and associate director of bands at the university of Arkansas at Monticello. There he teaches Music Theory I, II, III and IV, Harmonic Form and Analysis, jazz band, jazz guitar and bass, as well as applied percussion.

Pack was a student of famed marimba maker Doug Demorrow and renowned saxophonist Earl Hesse. His conducting teachers were Wendell Evanson and Eldon Janzen. At the University of Arkansas, he studied jazz guitar and composition with Dr. James Greeson. While at the Berklee College of Music he studied jazz guitar with Al Defino and contemporary harmony and composition with Alex Ulanowsky.

Lester Pack in association with Brian and Angela Rhodes are owners of Twin Towers Music Publishing. Twin Towers Music Publishing specializes in the publication of concert band music for all levels of band, with an emphasis on young band literature.

Pack has been a member of the Four States Bandmasters Association since 1983. He also is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and a member of Phi Beta Mu. Pack has been an adjudicator in the areas of band including marching, concert/sight reading, jazz, and solo and ensemble. He has been clinician for honor bands, guest soloist with jazz ensembles, and has worked with band camp bands during the summer.

Friday “Classical & Jazz Blow Out” with ATM – Five Star Theatre @ 7:00 pm

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” with ATM @ 2:00pm


Arkansas native Chris Parker first learned from local musicians, most notably: Charles Thomas, Art Porter, Sr., Bob Steele, Lee Tomboulian, and Michael Bates.  After moving to Memphis, TN in 1991, Chris received his BA degree from the University of Memphis and learned from/studied with musicians including Gene Rush, James Williams, Herman Green, Fred Ford, Calvin Newborn, Bill Mobley, Alvin Fielder, Kidd Jordan, Joe Jennings, and Vernel Fournier.   Parker also spent several years in New York City where he learned from masters including: Benny Powell, Chris Anderson, Walter Perkins, Sonelius Smith, Barry Harris, George Braith, Warren Smith, and Bill Fielder.  He has worked regionally all over the south, in NYC clubs and venues as well as in other countries including Portugal, France, Austria and Germany.  Chris is also active in educational activities, working as a teacher/artist with organizations including: Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp (New Orleans, LA), Mind Builders Arts School (Bronx, NY), Memphis Black Arts Alliance (Memphis, TN), and the Memphis Arts Council (Memphis, TN).

Sunday “Lt. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Jazz Mass” – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church @ 10:45 a.m.


Drummer Jay Payette was born and raised in the Chicago area.  He has studied drums and percussion since age 9, and received a bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1978.  He played regularly with the Stanley Paul Orchestra in Chicago-area hotels, restaurants and landmark Jazz clubs through the 1980’s.  As drummer for the Arts Center Jazz Ensemble at College of DuPage, (in Glen Ellyn, IL, a western suburb of Chicago) through the 1990’s, he worked with many famous artists such as Louie Bellson, Ed Shaughnessy, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Terry Gibbs, Michael Brecker, and New York saxophonist Scott Hamilton.  Payette has lived in Hot Springs, AR since 1999, and continues to perform throughout the state.

Sunday “Lt. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Jazz Mass” – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church @ 10:45 a.m.


Clyde Pound’s career spans decades as performer, producer and composer to some of the most notable artists and groups. He has performed jazz with Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Dave Pell, Chris Conners and Johnny Mathis. He was band leader at the world famous Hungry i nightclub in San Francisco where he worked with Laura Nyro, Mel Torme, Noel Harrison, Bill Cosby, Robert Klein, Richard Pryor and even Flip Wilson. In Hawaii prior to relocating to Hot Springs, Pound acted as President of UNISON INC which provided bands for Jim Nabors, Rich Little, Danny Gans, Julie Budd, The Letterman, Connie Hanes, Dianne Carroll, Vic Damone, Rodger Williams, Joel Grey, Playboy’s Girls of Rock & Roll, The Supremes, Sammy David Jr., Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Fred Travolena, the Temptations and many many more. He was also the Musical director, arranger and keyboardist with the dance band ATM and the Honolulu Swing Express. His talents are not limited to the stage however as Pound has worked on commercials for Harley Davison, Honda, Talco Bell, and Simons as well as the music soundtrack for the Kanai Helicopters promo featuring Orson Wells as shown on United Airlines. Since his arrival in Hot Springs, Pound’s career has shown no signs of a slowdown.  He has recreated the dance Band ATM (Anything That Moves) playing the keyboard, has taken on the role as Entertainment Chairman of the Hot Springs JazzFest 2007 thru 2017 and was former President of the Hot Springs Jazz Society.

Thursday “Jazz Night at The Ohio Club” with Clyde Pound Trio – The Ohio Club @ 7:00pm

Friday “Classical & Jazz Blow Out” with ATM – Five Star Theatre @ 7:00pm

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” with ATM @ 2:00pm


Stardust is the quintessential big band based out of Hot Springs Arkansas, the city that came into its own during the jazz era. Come join the dancers and music aficionados from Arkansas as well as the six surrounding states to hear the driving swing, melodious ballads, rhythmic Latin, and 20th century pop tunes that will make you feel young again. Stardust continues a 25-year tradition of performing at the Arlington Resort Hotel New Year's Eve Gala. Whether you come to dance or just come to listen, we invite you to be a part of the continuing history of musical excitement that is the Stardust Big Band.

Sunday @ 3:00pm



Paul Stivitts has been a drummer since the day he discovered ‘Animal’ on the Muppet Show. A consummate professional, Paul’s been performing, recording, teaching, and composing music for over two decades. A member of the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Blue Knights drum and bugle corps, he is recognized as the creator of what is now known within the rudimental activity as the infamous “Book Report”. 

Paul graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Jazz Studies. where had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Dave Liebman, Airto, Slide Hampton, and Bob Mintzer. Paul was fortunate to have studied with renown percussive educators Ralph Hardimon, Paul Rennick, Jim Chapin, Anthony Cirone, Tom Float, and Ed Soph. 

Paul's inspired musical career has taken him to 48 states, 15 European Nations, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Nicaragua, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, and Russia. In this boundless journey around the globe, his musical diversity has led to touring, recording, and sharing the stage with: Jazz legend Maynard Ferguson, Lauryn Hill, Jamie Benjamin, Ian Axel, James Blunt, Burlap to Cashmere, Braddigan, Brave Combo, Billy Childs, Peter Christlieb, Dispatch, Susan Enan, Evensong Rising, Stan Getz, Dave Grusin, Slide Hampton, Matthew Hasletine, Jackopierce, Diana Krall and the Henri Mancini Orchestra, Taylor Hicks, Vertical Horizon, Wayne Krantz, Toby Lightman, Kelley McRae, Jon Regen, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Shuur, Train, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts, Gary Willis, Zach Williams, and many others. This has also produced many major and indie label recording credits as well.

Thursday “Jazz Night at The Ohio Club” with Clyde Pound Trio – The Ohio Club @ 7:00pm

Friday “Classical & Jazz Blow Out” with ATM – Five Star Theatre @ 7:00pm

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” with ATM @ 2:00pm


The Southern Arkansas University Jazz Ensemble is the first of two undergraduate, student-based jazz ensembles at Southern Arkansas University. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Any A. Peeks, a local music educator with national educational and performance experience. The SAU Jazz Ensemble performs repertoire from not only the classic big band literature, but also from modern jazz band compositions and arrangements. The September 2nd performance at the Hot Springs Jazz Festival will be the ensemble’s debut performance at the well-established event.

Dr. Andy A. Peeks is originally from Hope, Arkansas. After graduating from Hope High School in 1995, he went on to complete degrees at Ouachita Baptist University, the University of Wyoming (MM), and the University of Georgia (DMA). He served as a band director in Arkansas public schools for six years, and has also served as the Director of Bands at both Central Wyoming College (Riverton, WY) and Truett McConnell University (Cleveland, GA), Dr. Peeks is currently the professor of saxophone and jazz at Southern Arkansas University.

Saturday "Jazz in the Streets" @ 12:00pm


UAM's premiere Jazz Band will be performing with clinicians Mike Vax on trumpet and Allen Won on saxophone. Mike Vax is an international artist and a Summit Record recording artist who has performed on more than 75 albums, including 20 under his own name. Allen Won whose eclectic performance itinerary has encompassed playing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, many of the orchestras in and around New York and various jazz and experimental groups. Vax and Won are part of a collaborative effort between UAM and the Jazz Society to bring established, professional musicians to UAM’s students in an effort to expand the students’ musical education and experiences.

Saturday "Jazz in the Streets" @ 1:00pm


Mike Vax is an International Artist and a Summit Records recording artist who performs exclusively on Warburton trumpets, cornets and flugelhorns. He has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band.

As a recording musician, he has performed on more than 75 albums, including 20 under his own name. As a performer, Mike is currently leading his own groups: Stan Kenton Alumni Band directed by Mike Vax, The Mike Vax Big Band , The Swing Shift Big Band in Prescott, Arizona, TRPTS (Trumpets), The Great American Jazz Band, and the Mike Vax Quartet, Quintet and Sextet.

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” with ATM @ 2:00pm

Saturday "Jazz in the Streets" with the University of Arkansas in Monticello @ 1:00pm


Allen Won is a musician who has embraced a diverse career. A graduate of the Mannes College of Music (NYC), Allen trained under saxophonist Harvey Pittel and the legendary Joe Allard. While in college Allen made the most of his evenings involving himself in as many opportunities to sit in at jam sessions around NYC.

Allen’s eclectic performance itinerary has encompassed playing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, many of the orchestras in and around New York including the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the City Opera, The New Jersey Philharmonic and various jazz and experimental groups (including Mario Pavone, Barbara Sfraga, Mala Waldron, Steve Bernstein). Among the many venues he has performed in, a few are CBGB’s, the Blue Note in NYC and in Japan, the Knitting Factory in NYC, the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY, Carnegie Hall, NYC, the 92nd Street Y, NYC, Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, Stamford College Palo Alto, CA, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also several Broadway shows.

He has recorded along with Kenny Garrett, Thomas Chapin, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Jerome Kitzke, Benny Rietveld and Tiger Okoshi. The “Jewel in the Lotus” is his first solo recording featuring his own compositions.

Thursday “Jazz Night at The Ohio Club” – The Ohio Club @ 7:00pm

Friday “Classical & Jazz Blow Out” – Five Star Theatre @ 7:00pm

Saturday “Jazz in the Streets” with ATM @ 2:00pm

Saturday "Jazz in the Streets" with the University of Arkansas in Monticello @ 1:00pm