Jazz Eureka Festival weekend will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. when Flamenco and Gypsy guitarist Ron Radford performs at The Auditorium. Radford is a protege of the legendary Carlos Montoya and has lived and traveled in Spain, where he immersed himself in the musical wisdom of the Gypsy Flamenco masters. Adult tickets are $10, children are $5.
Free music in Basin Park will begin Friday at 1 p.m. with the Matt and Gus 4-Tet. This father and son guitar duo from Harrison swings with the sounds of classic jazz and Latin standards.
The Claudia Burson Trio takes the stage at 2:30. Burson has a distinct and instantly recognizable voice and has been called "a stylist who can breathe new life into a standard, magically infusing her soulfulness and personality into the music."
The Jazz Mafia will take the stage from 4-6 p.m. Led by Jack Martin on keyboards, they will round out the afternoon's free entertainment in the park. The Jazz Mafia features Cal Jackson, Richard Burton, Clare Starr, Darren Novotny and Ken Everts. Martin says, "We are excited to be back for another year of Eureka Jazz and have added new tunes to our repertoire." Expect to hear tunes by Pat Metheny, Weather Report, Miles Davis, OPA, Herbie Hancock and others.
On Friday evening, the Fayetteville Jazz Collective will perform, as well as "A Tribute to Frank Sinatra" with Tom Tiratto. Tiratto, an actor and vocalist, has devoted the past 12 years to recreating the music and glamor of the late great Frank Sinatra. The show will be at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center at 207 W. Van Buren. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Couples may purchase tickets in advance, two for $25.
On Saturday at noon, the duo of Cherry Brooks and Cal Jackson will play free in the Basin Park bandshell until 1:30. Their styles include jazz, soul, R&B, pop, Blues, funk and rock. Fans love the energy, humor and sol that characterize Cherry and Cal's performances.
After that, Richard Brunton of the Jazz Mafia will return to the stage with the Richard Brunton Quintet. Brunton is one of the finest jazz saxophonists on the scene today.
At 3 p.m. Trio DeJaniero adds a bit of South America to their jazz, keeping samba and Bossa Nova alive and pulsating. Vibraphonist/Percussionist and Fayetteville native Adams Collins follows on stage from 4:30 until 6:00 with his jazz trio.
Jazz Eureka wraps up Sunday afternoon with two more free performances inn Basin Spring Park. At noon the Saxtones, all members of the Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band, will play, combining soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax on Dixieland and other sounds.
The final performance of the afternoon begins at 1:30 with the Missouri State Jazz Ensemble. This group has been featured at the Mexico Invitational Jazz Festival, on the night stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Anglo International Music Festival in London, the Mobile Collegiate Invitational Jazz Festival, and many other events.