All Hot Springs Jazz Society concerts are contingent upon the ability to have the event under COVID guidelines.
Please check back regularly for any changes to the schedule that may be due to COVID guidelines.
Friday, August 21
Block Party Jazz
Hosted by: Unitarian Universalist Village Church in Hot Springs Village
Facebook Live @ 7pm central time
The next scheduled concert will be hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Village Church. The concert will present the John Leisenring Quintet featuring vocalist Fedett “Lady J” Johnson. This event will live streamed on the Hot Springs Jazz Society’s Facebook page. To attend this concert in the comfort of your easy chair, like the Hot Springs Jazz Society on Facebook and you can hear the music live.
If you would like to host a Block Party Jazz concert for your neighborhood, contact Gretchen Miller at 501-627-2425 or HSJazzSociety@gmail.com.
Join us on Facebook Live via the Jazz Society’s Facebook page at 7pm central time on Friday, August 21 to hear Live Jazz!
Dr. John Leisenring, Professor Emeritus from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is the host of “Jazz On A Saturday Morning” on the new Hot Springs community radio station – KUHS-FM 102.5 on the FM dial. Known to his listeners as “The Other Dr. John,” Leisenring plays jazz on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Our Dr. John taught trombone and jazz studies at the University of Texas-Austin, and for 30 years at UMKC. He was a member of the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camps for 25 years, and has performed in 35 states and 9 foreign countries. Performances include jazz festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Montreux, Berlin, Copenhagen, and twice at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island
In addition to his jazz performances, Leisenring also toiled in the Kansas City Opera Orchestra, the KC Ballet Orchestra, and the Missouri Brass Quintet.
John earned two degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. In addition, he studied three years with the late Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and often with David Baker at Indiana University, and a year with jazz trombonist Slide Hampton, with funds provided by a National Endowment for the Arts Study Grant.
He is a writer, and has been published in the Jazz Ambassador Magazine, the Jazz Educator’s Journal, and Kansas City’s Pitch Weekly. Recordings include those with the SPIRIT OF KANSAS CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA, and the MISSOURI BRASS QUINTET, plus electro-acoustic works for solo trombone by the renowned American composer Dr. James Mobberley.
Fedett "Lady J" Johnson
Fedett “Lady J” Johnson has been a perennial favorite in the Central Arkansas area and delivers in a rich contralto an exciting rendition on either Jazz or Blues vocalizing. A feature in the first “Joy of Jazz” society fund raiser, as part of the 2008 JazzFest, she wore a Billie Holiday signature white flower in her hair and wowed the audience. Johnson was showcased on the “Jazz Cabaret” at the Quapaw Community Center, and has been a featured guest artist in several Jazz Society events over the years.
Chad Fowler is a saxophonist, composer, label owner, author and entrepreneur, originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. In Little Rock, her and high school friend and pianist Chris Parker religiously followed local jazz legend Charles Thomas, inspiring a passion to deeply explore jazz music. He started his music career in the early 90’s in Memphis, Tennessee as a regular fixture in the Memphis jazz and soul scenes. There he played with Memphis’ finest soul musicians including Ann Peebles and The Hi Rhythm Section. At an early age, he developed a love of the avant-garde, forming and performing various ensembles including his beloved Jazz Traitors. His nascent record label Mahakala Music, is releasing Dopolarians’ Garden Party – its first of many releases featuring world class improvisers – on Nov 22. Chad has recently had the privilege of playing and recording with musicians such as Little Rock’s Chris Parker and Kelley Hurt, Brian Blade, Rufus Reid, William Parker, Alvin Fielder, Kidd Jordan and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. After two decades of traveling the world with his side job as a technologist, startup entrepreneur and executive, he has recently settled in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.
David Higginbotham is an active bassist/vocalist who can be heard regularly on Thursday night’s Jazz set at the Ohio Club in Hot Springs. He’s also a member of the dance band, The Bob Boyd Sounds, where for over twenty years his lead vocal skills have been a highlight of their sound. He performs in pit orchestras for many of the touring Broadway shows that come to Robinson Music Hall including, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and Beautiful, the Carole King Musical, to name a few. He recently released his second solo recording ‘Blues on the Corner’, which is a collection of jazz standards performed with some of central Arkansas’ finest musicians. This follows his solo recording debut ‘This is My Heart’ on which David played all the instruments, sang all the vocals and wrote all the songs. When he’s not performing, he teaches music in the Little Rock School District.
A graduate of Henderson State, Askew spent 25 years in the Air Force. He joined the Airmen of Note in 1983, an ensemble that traces its roots to the big band era of World War II. The group was officially formed on September 28, 1950 to carry on the musical style and tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps Orchestra of the 1940’s.
As part of the Airmen of Note, Askew has performed all over the United States and Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Panama, Uruquay, England, Luxembourg, Germany and Turkey, appearing with jazz legends like Bobby Shue, Diane Schuur, and Arturo Sandoval. Following a concert with the Count Basie Orchestra in which the two bands took turns performing, the legendary Basie pointed at the Airmen and said, “That band is a gas.”
C.E. Askew has literally seen the world as a jazz musician, performing with a legendary of list of entertainers, including Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock and Shaka Khan.
His jazz pedigree includes more than 21 years as the drummer for what many consider the world’s finest military jazz ensemble, the U.S. Air Force’s “Airmen of Note.” Askew spent his last six years in the Air Force as the band’s leader and now brings that pedigree to the jazz faculty at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Askew’s biggest thrill came in 2002 when the Airmen of Note were sent to the Middle East to perform for military personnel in Quatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain. “That was the greatest moment of my career,” says Askew.
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.