Jazz in Eureka Springs, September 9-14, 2014

Jazz it up in Eureka Springs During JAZZ EUREKA!

The annual Jazz Eureka festival will be held in our “cool” Victorian village from Tuesday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, Sept. 14. Live music, delicious food and exciting attractions and events make this a “got-to-be-there” event for music lovers.
The Fayetteville Jazz Collective, an 18-piece big band, will perform on Friday, Sept. 12 in The Auditorium (the Aud) at 36 S. Main St. just a few steps from Cliff Cottage Inn.   The FJC, under the direction of Ben Harris, will present new, original material.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets priced at $12.
The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour brings two members of America’s premier jazz dynasty to The Aud. Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, Jr., along with his son, Delfeayo Marsalis, will headline the festival, appearing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.  This tour marks the first time father and son have performed and recorded together on a project. Ellis Marsalis is the premier, modernist jazz pianist of New Orleans and the patriarch of the Marsalis family, which includes his famous sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason.
The tour’s album, “The Last Southern Gentlemen,” features standard and original compositions and is “relaxed, thoughtful and provocative, acknowledging the love and respect of all people shared by Louis Armstrong and most early jazz entertainers.”
Free, outdoor jazz concerts will also be an important part of the weekend’s aitivities. Several ensembles will be performing in Basin Spring Park (on Spring street, just off Main)  On Friday evening, trumpeter Rodney Block will perform a free concert beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. Then on Saturday, starting at noon and lasting until 6 p.m., there will be more music in the park with Matt and Gus Smith, Brandon Mezzelo, Walter Savage and the  Northeast State University Jazz All Stars, featuring Tommy Poole, from noon until 6 p.m.
New events have been added for Jazz Eureka 2014.   On Tuesday, Sept. 9, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, located at 515 Main St., will host The Speakeasy from 7-9 p.m.  Food and drinks will be served and admission is $10.   For reservations, call 479-253-7444 or email director@writerscolony.org.
Wednesday evening, a Great Gatsby-style lawn party with live jazz music, games, food, fire dancing and a performance by Intrigue Theater will take place at the gardens of the Crescent Hotel at 75 Prospect St. from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $10 and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 479-253-9766.
Saturday morning, the White Street Farmer’s Market, located in the Ermilio’s parking lot at 26 White St., will present “Jazz at the Market” with music from Bossa Screwnova and J Funk from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday evening, art galleries on Main and Spring streets will be open late for their monthly Second Saturday Gallery Stroll, with jazz, art and refreshments from 6-10 p.m.
After the Marsalis concert on Saturday evening, DeVito’s at 5 Center St. is hosting the Jazz Martini After Party. Beginning at 9 p.m., there will be live jazz, food and drinks, including a special “Marsalis Martini.”
Bringing the weekend of jazz to a conclusion on Sunday, September 14th, the Crystal Dining Room at the Crescent Hotel will have a Sunday Jazz Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Jazz trio and dancing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Adults are $24.95, children ages 5-12 are $9.95 (4 and under free).

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