Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society


Jazz Events

Upcoming Dates

Joe Locke Quartet with vocalist Kenny Washington - 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479.443.5600 [map]
Price: Cabaret: $30. General Admission: $15. Tickets through Walton Arts Center


Vibraphonist Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the lead voices on his instrument, having won numerous awards and polls, including three “Mallet Player of the Year” awards from the Jazz Journalists Association.  The San Francisco Bay Guardian says of Locke,“Not only has he mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz – but [Locke] has done so in a way that transcends mere technique and establishes him as a unique and adventurous musical voice.”  Locke’s quartet is a well oiled jazz machine with a telepathic sense of how four can become one. Now stir in Kenny Washington, the ideal vocalist for Locke's band. He's not the usual singer out in front; he's a member of the band who even takes solos on instrumentals with his powerful scat singing ability. If you have never heard this New Orleans native sing before, get ready for a jaw dropping experience. Emulating the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and infusing colors of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Kenny's free, playful approach, with over a four-octave range is awe inspiring.



The Joe Locke Group
feat. vocalist Kenny Washington and Ernesto Simpson (drums), Darryl Hall (bass), Danny Grissett (piano)
Live at Bratislava Jazz Days 2014

Walmart World Room at the Walmart Museum
Paul Price - Doors open at 6 p.m. Show at 6:30 p.m.
105 N. Main St.
Bentonville, AR 72714 [map]
Price: $5

Paul Price

Play It Forward Concert Series

Listen to the unique sounds of the harp guitar with jazz musician Paul Price in the Walmart World Room at The Walmart Museum. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Arkansas Fencing Center.  Tickets can be purchased in advance:


Jazz in Bloom - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
4703 N. Crossover Rd.
Fayetteville, AR 72764
(479) 225-2306 [map]
Price: $15 Members. $30 Non-Members.

$15 Member Discounted Tickets

$30 Non-Member Tickets



The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society invites you to 

Jazz in Bloom


What's better than the Ozarks in the spring? The Ozarks in the spring with great friends, great food and great jazz. We'd like to say thanks to everyone for supporting jazz and jazz education in Northwest Arkansas since 1992 through the NAJS. Whether you're a member now, need to renew or you'd just like to see what all the fuss is about, please join us Sunday, April 19.

The Claudia Burson Trio will be in the house, along with Ben Harris and surprise special guests sitting in the with Trio. Spring Street Grill is providing the food and Liquor World has the beverages covered. It'll be a great evening. We hope to see you there.


Past Dates

Cyrus Chestnut Quartet: Brubeck Reimagined - 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-443-5600 [map]
Price: $30 Cabaret. $15 General Admission through the Walton Arts Center

Get ready for a musical experience like never before when internationally renowned pianist Cyrus Chestnut and his quartet perform Brubeck Reimagined, a special concert in tribute to the memory of one of America’s jazz icons - Dave Brubeck. Chestnut, son of a church minister, started his musical career at the age of six, playing piano at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. By the age of nine, he was studying classical music at the Peabody Institute. In 1985, Chestnut earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, and was awarded the Eubie Blake Fellowship, the Quincy Jones Scholarship, and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. 
Alto saxophonist Sharel Cassity, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Evan Sherman round out this stellar group. Brubeck Reimagined debuted last year in Philadelphia and received rave reviews from the jazz press and fans alike.