2018 Hot Springs JazzFest

August 30 - September 3



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May 3, 2018

Friday, May 18 


Jazz trio led by pianist Clyde Pound will perform at Kollective Coffee & Tea in historic downtown Hot Springs (110 Central Ave.)  

The $10 admission fee is discounted to $8 for members of the Hot Springs Jazz Society or $5 for students with ID.  

Become a NEW member of the Jazz Society that evening and enjoy the concert for free.  


The Clyde Pound Trio includes Paul Stivitts on drums and David Higginbotham on bass with guest vocalist Fedett “Lady J” Johnson who is known for delivering in a rich contralto of either Jazz or Blues.  To compliment your evening, Kollective offers over 40 teas, an array of coffee drinks and a fine selection of wines.  You can also order organic and locally sourced soups, sandwiches, salads and pastries with both vegan and gluten free options.  For further information, call 501-627-2425 or email HSJazzSociety@gmail.com.

Photos courtesy of Bob Dion, Starline Photographic. "Capturing The Moments That Matter"
Mar 19, 2018



No Cover, No Smoking

Food served.  Voted BEST BURGERS in HOT SPRINGS!

Thursday, May 17

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Earl Hesse on saxophone & clarinet

Photo courtesy of Bob Dion, Starline Photographic, "Capturing The Moments That Matter"

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.

Earl will be joined by



Mar 18, 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


Aug 16, 2015

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.