Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society

 
 

The Jazz Scene

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Walton Arts Center Jazz Lover’s Package - Varies
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 443.5600
Price: Package saves 20% off single ticket prices!

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Subscribe to the Jazz Lover’s Package and get all 5 shows on the

Tyson Starrlight Jazz Club Series* at 20% off single ticket prices!

 

 

 

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Roby Pantall Jazz Trio CD Release Party
Big Chill - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
3000 S. Pinnacle Hills Parkway
Rogers, Arkansas
Price: No Cover

Beto and the Fairlanes
Jazz Eureka - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Basin Spring Park
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72701
Price: Free Concert

Beto and the Fairlanes will perform a free concert in Basin Spring Park on Friday, September 11th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.     The band hails from Austin, Texas and is dubbed a worldbeat, Latin pop, jazz and salsa band.   Thirty years ago, Beto and the Fairlanes opened the first Eureka Springs Jazz Festival.  Jazz Eureka organizer, Ron Sumner, was at that event in 1985 at the Basin Park Hotel.  “They had everyone up and dancing with their mix of Jazz flavored salsa, big band, and funk.” Sumner said.  

Eureka Springs Jazz Festival
Eureka Jazz - Noon to 6 p.m.
Basin Spring Park
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Price: Free Concert

Rodney Block

On Saturday, September 12, Basin Spring Park will be host to free jazz concerts from noon until 6 p.m. with stellar acts from around the region. The first performance of the day is the 8 piece Fayetteville Jazz Octet. With more than two centuries of combined jazz experience, this group has been thrilling audiences all around the 4-state region of Northwest Arkansas. 

     At 2 p.m. trumpeter Rodney Block will take the stage in the band shell. Block is an Arkansas native and one of the state’s most in-demand artists, building a niche in the jazz and hip-hop genres. Block has shared the stage with Earth, Wind, and Fire, Kirk Whalum, Ellis Marsalis, and many others.  

Grady Nichols    

Grady Nichols, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with his smooth jazz saxophone. Nichols’ technical mastery of the saxophone is only surpassed by his emotional mastery of his instrument. He can evoke just the right emotion for any of his songs. 

 

Joey DeFrancesco
Jazz Eureka - 7:30 p.m
36 S. Main Street
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Price: $20-$50

First United United Methodist Church of Bella Vista - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
20 Boyce Dr.
Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715
(479) 855-1158
Price: $10

Dan Knight

"He is incontestably one of the finest solo pianists in the world."

CLAUDE NOBS,

Founder and Artistic Director

The Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland

 

"Calling Dan Knight a pianist is like calling Michael Jordan a basketball player."

RICHARD RIVES BIRD

President, Rives Audio

 

"Man, you're great."

SONNY ROLLINS

Tenor Saxophone Legend

 

"His musical heritage . . .  is a fusion of the best of the jazz and the classical worlds. combining the passion and the technique of Paderewski with the improvisational virtuosity of Art Tatum"

From "THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAZZ," Rutgers University

Dan Knight will appear with Jim Jernigan, clarinet; Drew Packard, bass; and Steve Wilkes, drums. 

 

Walton Arts Center - 8 p.m.
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 443.5600

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Diana Krall

By any standard this five-time Grammy Award®-winning jazz pianist and vocalist is one of the most accomplished and distinctive musicians in the world today. Respected far and wide as a wildly successful recording and performing artist, Krall remains a true musical force. At any given moment, she could be producing Barbra Streisand’s new album, serving as musical director and arranger for Paul McCartney or hitting the road for a good cause with Neil Young. As the record shows, Diana Krall has already done all that and much more. Along the way, Krall has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist of the last 30 years, establishing herself as one of the best-selling and most beloved performers of her generation. Join us in giving an extremely warm Northwest Arkansas welcome to this musical legend as she graces the Walton Arts Center stage for the first time!

 

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Walton Arts Center - 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 443.5600
Price: TBA by the Walton Arts Center

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Anat Cohen

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Voted “Clarinetist of the Year” eight times in a row by The Jazz Journalists Association, this versatile artist embraces a diverse palate of styles, constantly pushing her sound to inventive new heights.

 

The 2015/16 Starrlight Jazz Club Series is sponsored by


 

 

Walton Arts Center
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 443.5600
Price: TBA by the Walton Arts Center

Pat Martino

With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, Pat Martino has been recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists not just in jazz but in music at large. Be there to see him play his signature instrument as fiery and technically brilliant as ever.

 

The 2015/16 Starrlight Jazz Club Series is sponsored by


 

Claudia Burson Trio
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - Concert 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
901 Cleveland St
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
(479) 521-8422
Price: $25 tickets go on sale Nov. 1.

If you're looking for some holiday jazz, this is the concert for you! Great acoustics. Really a nice room to hear music. After the concert, join us for a dessert and wine reception. This concert is a benefit for the Unitarian Fellowship. Proceeds support various community projects, including a monthly lunch program in collaboration with Southern Hills Homeless Center and Central United Methodist Church of Fayetteville. 

 

Walton Arts Center
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 443.5600

Eldar Djangirov

Widely considered to be a child prodigy, Eldar Djangirov’s performances display brilliancy, complexity and discipline, as he takes sparkling command of the piano, using a combination of approaches that create new horizons for music. Performing alongside longtime band mates Armando Gola (bass) and Ludwig Afonso (drums), Djangirov’s unparalleled virtuosity and thrilling compositions make this a performance not to be missed.

 

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Walton Arts center
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 443.5600

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Branford Marsalis

NEA Jazz Master, Tony Award® nominee, “The Tonight Show” bandleader, Drama Desk Award winner and three-time Grammy Award® winner – these are just a few of the accolades granted to Branford Marsalis. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to the art of jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, collaborator and educator – becoming one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Don’t miss your chance to hear this legend play with one of the most innovative and celebrated jazz quartets playing today!

 

The 2015/16 Starrlight Jazz Club Series is sponsored by


 

Walton Arts Center
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 443.5600

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Octet

In 2002, Grammy Award®-winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill established the Afro Latin Jazz Octet (ALJO), bringing together the drama of a large jazz ensemble, the culture of Latin music and the virtuosity of eight of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Help us welcome these fine musicians as they present a program that celebrates Latino contributions to American jazz.

If you love Latin jazz music, you won’t want to miss the ALJO performing live with Malpaso Dance Company on April 28 as part of the 10x10 Arts Series.

 

The 2015/16 Starrlight Jazz Club Series is sponsored by


 

Walton Arts Center
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 443.5600

Cyrille Aimée

Named “one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation” by The Wall Street Journal, Cyrille Aimée has a sound both fresh and enlivening, which is to say nothing of her voice -- destined to enthrall audiences for decades to come. Watch as she explores a range of musical styles, eras, continents and moods with her unique musical vision: bass, drums, two guitars and a singular voice.

 

 

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