The 23rd Annual Jazz Fest will feature special guest artist Ray Blue, from New York City. The saxophonist, composer and educator will be featured in the Classical Jazz Explosion on Friday as well as Jazz in the Streets on Saturday.
Jazz Fest is presented by the Hot Springs Jazz Society, and features Arkansas jazz musicians. While some concerts are free, tickets for the full event can be purchased online for $75, or single concert tickets can also be purchased (prices vary for each performance).
Guitar-rama opens the festival on Tuesday night at the Arlington Hotel with 6 different guitarists from all different genres of music. Explore the history of jazz at a free concert, “Jazz 101” at the Garland County Library at 6pm on Wednesday. Quapaw Baths & Spa will host Shirley Chauvin’s S’Wonderful on Thursday. Friday’s concert, “Classical Jazz Explosion” starts at 7pm at the Five Star Theater. The popular outdoor concert, “Jazz in the Streets” begins at 11am on Saturday on Broadway Street and ends with the first ever Dancing in the Streets at 4pm. Sunday begins with a Jazz Mass at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 10:45am, and ends with Jazz After Church at 2:30pm at First United Methodist Church.
After a full day of jazz, you’ll want to come back & rest up in our comfy beds before you begin your next day of exploring music in Hot Springs!