Art Porter Music Education, Inc. (APME) continues its mission of keeping the musical legacies of local jazz statesman Art Porter, Sr. and his son, renowned saxophonist Art Porter, Jr. alive with community enrichment opportunities, volunteerism, and the awarding of scholarships. Through music, APME works to enhance education by helping students improve reading, language and mathematical skills. The partnership with the River Market to support Jazz in the Park, a free, family-friendly event featuring jazz in downtown Little Rock, is a natural fit for both organizations.
The concerts will be every Wednesday in April from 6pm to 8pm in the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park.
This year’s lineup features:
- April 1 – Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers
- April 8 – Jazz R Us
- April 15 – New Era Jazz Project
- April 22 – Stellar Way
- April 29 – John Burnette Band
The closest entry point to the History Pavilion is Ottenheimer Drive off of President Clinton Avenue.
In case of rain, the River Market West Pavilion will be the alternate location for the event.
The event is completely free, but no coolers are allowed. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Art Porter Music Education, Inc.’s scholarship fund. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, and there is some seating in the natural stone amphitheater at the History Pavilion.
This event is sponsored by Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and the River Market.
For more information about Art Porter Music Education, visit www.artporter.org.