Mardi Gras Costume Ball & Contest

Hotel Hot Springs

February 10, 2018

6pm - 11pm

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No Cover, No Smoking

Food served.  Voted BEST BURGERS in HOT SPRINGS!

Thursday, January 18

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

George "Doc" Ryan on cornet 

Earl Hesse on saxophone and clarinet


      George “Doc” Ryan has played the trumpet and cornet since age 10.  Growing up in Louisiana and Mississippi, he was a jazz fan from his childhood years.  He led the Steamboat Stompers in Boston and The Hot Cotton Jazz Band in Memphis and founded the Memphis Traditional Jazz Festival in 1982.  Since retiring to Hot Springs in 1993, he has served on the Board of the Jazz Society, appeared at the annual JazzFest multiple times, at the Afterthought in Little Rock, and at traditional U.S. and European jazz festivals with Hot Cotton.  His style was influenced by such diverse talents as Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Yank Lawson, and Wild Bill Davison.  For more that four decades he has worn two hats – physician and cornet player.  He is now retired, living – and playing – in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

   Probably no one has ever done more to interest Arkansas young people in jazz than Earl Hesse. He could do it because he is not only a teacher of jazz but a performer who can improvise and play any book with any band in the land.  In just the last five years, Hesse has been a sideman in orchestras named for Jimmy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, Jan Garber, Tommy Dorsey, Les Elgart, Russ Morgan and Benny Goodman. He frequently plays on the riverboat Mississippi Queen and for the Jan Garber and the Dick Jurgens orchestras on American Queen cruise ships.

George and Earl will be joined by



Oct 9, 2016
America's Art Form

FREE Concerts
2nd Wednesday of each month October through February

Presented by the
Hot Springs Jazz Society
and the
Garland County Library,
Wed - January 10


Aug 16, 2015

Listen to KUHS-FM 97.9

(and on the web at

 every Saturday morning

10AM to 1PM

for great jazz!!!


Apr 11, 2015


Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

Dance All Your Cares Away !!!

Sunday, October 1

Sundy, November 26

Sunday, December 10

Starting at 3:00 PM

Special New Years Eve concert!

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.