James Greeson, a University of Arkansas music professor, has taught many of the players in Northwest Arkansas’ jazz community. That happens when you teach in the same location for 30 years.
All the while, he’s been writing jazz numbers for ensembles, films and other entities. With an Emmy Award and a stack of compositions to his credit, the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series will honor Greeson with a performance on Saturday (July 28) at the Walton Arts Center.
Previous KUAF summer jazz Composer’s Showcase shows — like the one this weekend — have used works from the various jazz musicians on the scene, not from just one compoer. But Greeson, with his extensive catalog, seemed like a good fit for this year’s show, which begins at 8 p.m.
I chatted with the professor about his compositions and the local jazz community. You can read that story in today’s What’s Up! section. [Note: Subscriber content]
Three bands will perform on Saturday: The Fayetteville Jazz Collective, Hogtown Hot Club and the Claudia Burson Trio. Greeson will join the latter two, and he’ll also offer insight into many of the pieces.
Admission to the show ranges from $21-$26 and tickets may be purchased from the venue.