2018 Hot Springs JazzFest

August 30 - September 2


Latest News 

Jun 12, 2018



No Cover, No Smoking

Food served.  Voted BEST BURGERS in HOT SPRINGS!

Thursday, August 16

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Sim Flora on trombone and flute

Sim Flora is a jazz trombone player and professor emeritus / former Chairman of Music Theory and Jazz Studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. A native of Southern Illinois, Dr. Flora earned his Ph.D. in Music Education at The University of Oklahoma, his Master of Music Education at Ouachita Baptist University and a Bachelor of Music from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois.


 His unique and varied career has included public school teaching in Southern Illinois free-lance trombone work on the West Coast and in the St. Louis area and a seven-year 4enture as Musical Director at Six Flags Over St. St. Louis.  He has served on the faculty of Clark Terry’s All-American Jazz Camps, various university summer jazz camps and has served on staff at the prestigious Allessi Seminar.  Dr. Flora has presented master classes and directed All State and regional honor jazz bands throughout the United States.  He has appeared as guest artist with many university and community bands and trombone choirs, The United States Air Force Band and has twice been featured soloist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop with the University of Alabama.   He recently served as guest soloist at the International Trombone Festival wit the Murray State University trombone choir, soloed with the TCU Trombone Choir at TMEA and taught three weeks as guest lecturer at Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, England.


Dr. Flora has instrumental arrangements published by Southern Music, choral anthems published by the G. Lorenz Company and children’s songs published by LifeWay Christian Resources.  He and his son, Nick, operate Off the FLor Music which released Dr. Flora’s debut CD recording entitled Sound Doctrine and in 2011, released Nick Flora’s recording, Hello Stranger.  Sim Flora is an artist for the Michael Rath Trombone Company, plays custom-built Rath trombones and in his retirement, continues to maintain a busy performance and teaching schedule.

Sim will be joined by




May 17, 2018


Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

Dance All Your Cares Away !!!

Starts at 3:00pm

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sundy, May 6, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018


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


May 16, 2018

Listen to KUHS-FM 97.9

(and on the web at


 every Saturday morning

10AM to 1PM

for great jazz!!!






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.