What’s not to love about local jazz music? The bi-annual Jazz in the Park concert series is back at 6:00 p.m. each Wednesday in September. Little Rock’s incredible musical heritage is being carried on by a cohort of talented artists, and what better place to hear them than on the banks of the Arkansas River? The Jazz in the Park concert series is a partnership between Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and Art Porter Music Education, Inc. (APME), a local organization that provides scholarships to Arkansas music students who want to further their education while promoting community service and volunteer initiatives. Be sure to grab a beer or a glass of wine as 25% of alcohol sales are given back to APME.
Mark your calendars for 6:00 p.m. each Wednesday because there’s nowhere else you’ll rather be.
9/4 – ATM (Anything that Moves)
Led by Clyde Pound, who’s had an extensive music career including work with world famous big band, swing and jazz musicians in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Hawaii, ATM plays a wide variety of big band, jazz and swing numbers.
9/11 – On Call Band
Hailing from Pine Bluff, On Call Band is a group of second generation musicians and singers whose roots go back to Gospel. Covering music from across eras and genres from Motown to today’s Top 40 hits, they deliver a collective high energy show with a bit of individuality and flare.
9/18 – Tonya Leeks
Tonya Leeks is a flautist, saxophonist and vocalist from Arkansas. She was a featured saxophone soloist with Grammy nominee Gladys McFadden and the Loving Sisters. She has performed all across the U.S. as a leader and accompanist. This is Tonya’s second performance with Jazz in the Park.
9/25 – Rodney Block Collective
A fixture of Jazz in the Park since the beginning, Rodney Block needs no introduction for most Central Arkansans. This will be his 4th year to close out the season with the Rodney Block Collective.