with Special Guest Artist from New York City, Ray Blue:
"Ray Blue has a majestic presence…when playing, his sense of purpose is obvious. It's one thing to be a good composer, it's another to be a great performer. Ray Blue's got the whole package"
As the summer gets hotter,
so does the music of the
Hot Springs Jazz Society’s summer series
"Arkansas Jazz Experience"
with featured player Gary Meggs on the Sax!
Quapaw Baths & Spa
413 Central Avenue
Friday, August 22nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
If you like jazz, chances are you’ve seen Gary Meggs with his saxophone performing somewhere at sometime. Gary’s a favorite addition to many of the best jazz groups in Arkansas, that is, when he’s not directing bands at the University of Arkansas in Monticello where he is the Assistant Professor of Music.
Gary’s career includes performing with notables like The Temptations, Barbara Eden and the Lennon Sisters. He formed the 1980’s successfulState Line Avenue Pop/Jazz Band that toured throughout Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. And he has recently toured with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, performing all over the USA, Canada and Japan.
Join Gary Meggs and the Arkansas Jazz Experience combo
(Clyde Pound on piano,
Jay Payette on drums and David Higginbotham on bass)
for an intimate evening of jazz and friends.
The Arkansas Jazz Experience hosted by the Hot Springs Jazz Society and the Quapaw Baths and Spa, 413 Central, will be presented every fourth Friday of the month at 6pm.
The evening’s performance is only $10 for Jazz Society members and $15 for non-members. Become a new member of the Jazz Society that evening and you will receive your entrance to the show free.
Admission includes complimentary light hor’doeuvres and a cash bar is available. Seating is first come first serve and limited.
Stardust Big Band at the
Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Sunday, July 27 starting at 3:00 PM
Sunday, August 31 starting at 3:00 PM
Sunday, September 28 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 $8 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!!!
See a video of Mardi Gras 2014....CLICK HERE!!!
NOW, GET READY!!!!!!
MARDI GRAS 2015
WILL BE BETTER THAN EVER!!!!
FEBRUARY 7, 2015 at the AUSTIN !!!!!!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!!!
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 Jazz Fest concert held every September.
This year marked the 22nd Jazz Fest, which also provided music education seminars, workshops, lectures and a variety of jazz concerts.
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 Jazz Fest.
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.