Jazz

Live jazz is slowly and cautiously coming back in Northwest Arkansas. This weekend, an atrium concert at Walton Arts Center includes solo performances from Claudia Burson and Asher Armstrong as they share their renditions of pieces from piano greats.

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2020 wasn't a banner year for public health or public discourse, but Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz, says it was a fine year for jazz.

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The Emmet Cohen Trio will perform at the Walton Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 5. The performance will take place in Baum Walker Hall with social distancing policies in effect. Ahead of the show, we hear from the musician about his work, about getting better in jazz clubs in New York City and why his fellow musicians have been so important to him during the pandemic.

The open house concept doesn't quite work during a pandemic unless it's virtual of course.  The University of Arkansas Jazz Area in the U of A Music Department is hosting three days of virtual open house events beginning Dec. 2.

Charlie Parker, the legendary saxophonist and composer, was born 100 years ago this Saturday. Some of the area's most familiar jazz musicians will perform his music at George's Majestic Lounge that afternoon.

The fourth season of the Northwest Arkansas Youth Jazz Ensemble started normally, but as it comes to a close, the pandemic has led to changes to the annual concert and provided some opportunities, like a livestreamed performance.

The second annual Fayettevile Jazz Festival is this Friday and Saturday. Instead of concerts and classes on the University of Arkansas campus and at the Fayetteville Public Library, the festival is taking place on YouTube from homes around the world.

This weekend, the first Bentonville West High School Jazz Festival will host students from middle, junior and senior high schools. The event will feature a performance by the UAFS Jazz Cats, a clinic with noted trombonist Bobby Shue and an evening performance by the Fayetteville Jazz Collective. We speak with Erich Spaeth, associate director of bands at Bentonville West High School, to learn more about the festival.

New Orleans duo Kim Prevost and Bill Solley will launch the 21st annual KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series with a concert this weekend at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Robert Ginsburg, host of Shades of Jazz, recently spoke with the duo to learn more about the duo's music and to give us a preview of the concert.

Spring is underway, which means the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series will soon return. Robert Ginsburg, host of Shades of Jazz and executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society, gives us a preview of this year's series and of the annual Jazz in Bloom event, set for May 5 at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

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