26th Hot Springs JazzFest


Thursday, Aug 31 thru Sunday, Sept 3, 2017


     The 26th HotSprings JazzFest over Labor Day weekend will provide concerts throughout four days ranging from free to $35 in an effort to provide quality jazz music to the Hot Springs area and its guests.  The festival will offer an opportunity to experience the talent of our local musicians while showcasing artists from the region and the nation.   

     Concerts will include the unique Classical and Jazz Blow Out fusion of jazz and classical music in the Five Star Theatre, the intimate presentation of Jazz at The Ohio Club in Hot Springs' historic Ohio Club and the traditional free outdoor concert on Saturday, Jazz in the Streets in the Entertainment District of Broadway Street.  Sunday will close the festival with a special Jazz Mass at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and more.

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Mar 26, 2017


No Cover, No Smoking and Food Service Available

Thursday, March 29th 

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM



Brandon Dorris on saxophone  


     Brandon Dorris is a multi-woodwind artist who has been playing professionally for more than 15 years. Brandon studied saxophone at the University of Central Arkansas with Dr. Jackie Lamar and played with many UCA ensembles while gigging at night and on the weekends. After working as a showband musician with Carnival Cruiselines, playing jazz, rock, R&B, island, and pop music for thousands of new people each week, Brandon returned to land and began writing music for his band, TwiceSax, and playing with local professional arts organizations, including the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Repertory Theater, Argenta Community Theatre, and the River City Men’s Chorus, along with local bands like the Real Band, The Tom Tiratto Orchestra, and the Big John Miller Band. He also frequently performs with national touring shows like The Rat Pack is Back, High School Musical: The Broadway Tour, Chicago, and more. Brandon has shared the stage with the Temptations, Wayne Newton, Natalie Cole, Jon Faddis, the Four Tops, the Kings of R&B, Patti Austin, Ann Hampton Calloway, and many others. His influences include John Coltrane, Chris Potter, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Michael Brecker, and Dave Douglas on his composition and improvisation.

Brandon will be joined by 

   Clyde Pound  on Keyboard

   Byron Yancey on Bass   

   Paul Stivitts on drums          

Aug 16, 2015

Listen to KUHS-FM 97.9

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 every Saturday morning

10AM to 1PM

for great jazz!!!


Apr 11, 2015


Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

Dance All Your Cares Away !!!

Sunday, March 19

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 only $10, 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 !!!  Come and see for yourself!!!

For information call: 501-767-5482






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 JazzFest concert held every September. 

This year marks the 25th Hot Springs JazzFest and the first time in over twenty years that Jazz and Blues have come together over Labor Day Weekend together.  

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 JazzFest.



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.