JazzFest Schedule 2018

Thursday, August 30

Jazz Night at The Ohio Club

Presented in a favorite watering hole of Hot Springs and the oldest bar in Arkansas, Jazz Night at The Ohio Club will feature the Spa City Stompers. You’ll be treated to a Dixieland band that just squeezes onto the stage and be offered a menu that includes the “Best Burger” in town. Spa City Stompers is led by George “Doc” Ryan on cornet with Paul Stivitts on drums, David Higginbotham on bass, Clyde Pound on keyboard, Earl Hesse on clarinet and John Leisenring on trombone.

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Ohio Club, 336 Central Avenue
Tickets: No Cover, food service available



Friday, August 31

Classical & Jazz Blow Out!

The Arkansas Brass quintet and the ATM (Anything That Moves) jazz combo come together in a singular evening of classical music and jazz music. Mezzo-soprano Diane Kesling will treat with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein and a specially accompanied Aria with Elsen Portugal on the keys. Jackie Beaumont will get into groove between duties as emcee and special guest musician, Matt Catingub will perform on saxophone and keyboard as well as sing. This evening, accompanied by an optional dinner, is Bursting With Entertainment in this intimate night club style venue that offers a rare opportunity to experience the musicians up close and personal.

Time: Dinner Time 6pm / Show Time 7:00pm
Location: Hot Springs Bathhouse Dinner Theatre, 701 Central Avenue
Members - Show Only $35 / Dinner & Show $50
Non-members - Show only $40 / Dinner & Show $55

Dinner will be served promptly from 6-7pm. Plan to arrive early to find parking as Hot Springs over Labor Day weekend will be crowded.



Saturday, September 1


Bud Kenny as Emcee


This traditional outdoor concert under the Sky-Bridge that covers 200 Broadway Street will present hours of music on two stages.  Bring your favorite lawn chair!!  There will be food trucks and beverages so plan on spending the day listing to some amazing Jazz in Hot Springs’ Entertainment District.

11:00am - Ted Ludwig Trio

12:20pm - Arkansas High School Jazz Band directed by Gary Meggs with special guest Dick Eckstein

1:40pm -  Henderson State NuFuion directed by Rick Dimond

3:00pm - Arkansas Jazz Orchestra lead by Bill Halbrook with vocalist Shirley Chauvin

4:20pm - University of Arkansas in Monticello directed by Jason Smith with special guest Matt Catingub on saxophone, keyboards and vocals

5:40pm - "Jazz Jam" featuring JazzFest Headliners

Location: Under the Broadway Street Sky-bridge in downtown Hot Springs' Entertainment District
Admission: Free!  No Coolers Please.  Your support of the beverage and food vendors helps to keep this concert free.  Do bring your lawn chair to assure a comfortable seat.



Sunday, September 3

Jazz Mass @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Join St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at a very special Sunday Service with live jazz music featuring Jeff Long on piano, Matt Dickson on tenor saxophone, Brad Birge on bass, Shelley Martin on flute & soprano saxophono and Jay Payette on drums.

Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 228 Spring Street - (501) 623-1653


Jazz After Church

Featuring sacred vocal and instrumental jazz music composed in the styles of some of the greats of jazz composition!    Featuring the jazz trio of Dr. Ron Hall (leader, keyboards, and vocals), Byron Yancey (bass), and Paul Stivitts (percussion).  Featured vocalists are Ruby Hill and Jennifer Evans.  Other instrumentalists have been invited to “jam.”

Time: 2:00p.m.
Location: Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, 841 Quapaw Avenue
Tickets: Free