Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society


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KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series: KENNY WASHINGTON: - 3 p.m.
200 NE A St
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
United States
479-225-2306 (Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society) [map]
Price: General Admission: $20 non members. $15 members (discount limitations apply) Cabaret: SOLD OUT


NAJS Member tickets:General Admission only; CABARET SOLD OUT.

Sustaining members may purchase up to four discounted GA seats.

Family members may purchase up to two discounted GA seats.

Individual and student members may purchase one discounted GA seat.


Non-members/Regular Price purchase tickets here. CABARET SOLD OUT

Kenny Washington, a native of New Orleans developed a deep love for music at a very young age. Kenny grew up singing and performing gospel in church. He began performing with the school band, playing saxophone and singing and absorbing various styles of music ranging from traditional and contemporary jazz to classical, rhythm and blues and pop.

If you have never heard this New Orleans native sing before, get ready for a jaw dropping experience. Kenny is a jazz vocalist virtuoso. 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. His tone on ballads is liquid, his scat is so rapid-fire, passionate, melodious and inventive that subsequent saxophone solos often pale, and his intonation is so precise that it becomes noticeable if the piano wasn’t tuned that day. His range seems limitless. With a childhood background singing in gospel, Kenny is at home with the Blues as well as Jazz. This man is a must-see.

Kenny appeared in Roy Nathanson's off-Broadway production "Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill," with Elvis Costello and Deborah Harry, in London and New York. Kenny was the featured vocalist at the San Francisco's world famous Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel's "TOP OF THE MARK" for eight years. Most recently, Washington appeared at Walton Arts Center as featured vocalist with the Joe Locke Quartet.

Kenny Washington  will be performing with the Claudia Burson Quartet, with Ben Harris on guitar, Drew Packard on bass, Steve Wilkes on drums and Claudia Burson on piano.


DO Nothing 'til You Hear From Me

Kenny Washington (vocal), Jonathan Katz (piano)
Daiki Yasukagawa (bass), Masahiko Osaka (drums)
July 2011 at B Flat, Akasaka, Tokyo

KUAF Summer Jazz Series: NAJS Composer's Showcase - 7 p.m.
519 W Dickson St
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
United States
479-225-2306 [map]
Price: Varies
NAJS members purchase tickets here:

Tickets may purchased in any quantity. Discounted ticket purchases apply only to membership status. 

Non-members purchase tickets here:




This annual favorite showcases N.W. Arkansas’s finest jazz musicians performing original compositions in a variety of ensembles from solos, duos, trios to octets. Expect to hear exciting new music and even world premieres!  

Musicians performing will include: Ben Harris, Drew Packard, Claudia Burson, Matt Smith, Fayetteville Jazz Octet, and many more to be announced.

For ticket, more info and discount offers visit the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society website:

The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society (NAJS) is a non-profit, 501©3, incorporated in the state of Arkansas on June 2, 1992. Our mission is to promote and benefit jazz music as an American art form through education, concert presentation and artist promotion. Proceeds from ticket sales fund our Student Scholarship Program.

For more information contact Robert Ginsburg 479-225-2306 or