Eureka Springs Jazz Weekend
|Country and Region||United States — Arkansas|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
Eureka Springs Jazz Festival
The annual Eureka Springs Jazz Weekend features national artists in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
|Festival Dates||September 13 - 15, 2013|
- Fayetteville Jazz Collective
- Friday evening in Basin Spring Park on Spring Street from 7:00pm to 9:00pm will be a Sunset Serenade with free music and a dance by the Fayetteville Jazz Collective, an 18 piece big band of Northwest Arkansas’ finest musicians. With over two centuries of combined jazz experience, the band has been thrilling audiences all around the 4-state region of Northwest Arkansas. Not to be missed, this event in Basin Park will provide all those who attend a wonderfully unique experience.
- Alan Gibson and First Line
- Music will fill Basin Spring Park again on Saturday from noon until 7:00pm. Starting off the day will be Alan Gibson and First Line — a group that plays a style of music played in the 1920s that represents the first transition from blues to jazz. This group features Alan Gibson on flugelhorn with a stellar supporting cast of excellent area musicians including baritone saxophonist Dr. Rick Solonen, a featured artist of this summer’s Walton Arts Summer Jazz Composer Series.
- Richard Bruton Quintet
- At 1:30pm the Richard Bruton Quintet will take the stage. This legendary Springfield, Missouri tenor saxophonist leads a group of Southwest Missouri’s finest musicians doing jazz standards and modern jazz. Bruton is known for playing with an aggressive tone along with a rhythmic drive that can be heard for miles. Richard has performed with a who’s who of musicians throughout the area and the United States.
- The Walter Savage Trio
- The Trio follows at 3:00pm. Savage has a reputation for bringing the upright bass — a primarily supportive instrument into the spotlight. Whether playing legendary bay area jazz clubs like Yoshi’s or entertaining people in venues in Northwest Arkansas, Savage lets the bass shine through as a leading force. Savage also delights crowds with his singing ability.
- NSU Jazz Sextet
- The final act in the free music line-up for Saturday is the NSU Jazz Sextet, part of the Northeastern State University Jazz Lab, which is home to the Jazz Studies Program, currently under the direction of saxophonist/composer/arranger, Dr. Tommy Poole.
- Spyro Gyra — headliner
- The 2013 Jazz Eureka festival which runs September 13 through 15. Spyro Gyra is a jazz fusion band that formed in the mid-1970s. The band’s sound has its roots in traditional jazz, but combines elements of R&B;, funk and pop music and is known for their mastery over their instruments and the energy for their live performances. They have performed over five thousand shows, released twenty-nine albums selling over ten million albums while also achieving one platinum and two gold albums. Next year Spyro Gyra will celebrate forty years as a band while showing little sign of wanting to slow down either, having earned Grammy nominations for each of their last four albums. Spyro Gyra will perform on Saturday, September 14th at 7:30pm at The Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street. Tickets are on sale now at www.theauditorium.org and range from $20 to $42.50.
- Missouri State Jazz Band
- One more free performance in the park will take place on Sunday afternoon. At 1pm the Missouri State Jazz Band will perform traditional and contemporary big band music.
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