Jazz

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.

Fayetteville gets extra jazzy this weekend, thanks to the Fayetteville Jazz Festival. Learn more from organizers Kim and Chris Teal of the University of Arkansas Community Music School.

"Jazz has been such an interesting way to approach scholarship because it's given me a really interesting lens on the history of the United States and American culture," explains Kim.

For Joyce DiDonato, the divide between the heralded sounds of the Baroque and the popularity of the Great American songbook is really a false one.

Her new release "Songplay," which includes arias from Vivaldi and Giordani alongside popular jazz standards from the likes of Rogers & Hart,  is a testament to this. 

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