John Bush Quintet pays tribute to John Coltrane tonight on the South on Main stage

Sessions :: Jon Bush Quintet's tribute to John ColtraneAcclaimed saxophonist, MarQuis Hunt, is curating and hosting the month-long “Jazz in July All-Stars” Sessions series at South on Main each Wednesday in July.

Tonight (July 17), Coltrane fans will not want to miss the John Bush tribute to John Coltrane.  The shows begin at 8 PM. Tickets are $10 at the door. Dinner and cocktails are available before and during the show. Call 501-244-9660 to reserve a table. These shows are expected to sell out; call today to avoid disappointment.

John Bush grew up with a solid musical background during the mid-1950’s and 60’s in Little Rock during a time when the city produced more world-class jazz greats than can be named here. John then moved west to study, live, and work both in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle. From the mid-1960’s through the 1980’s those cities had clubs and thriving jazz communities where a multitude of both local and visiting jazz musicians provided abundant opportunities for session playing. The opportunity to “hang out” and to sit-in with the Masters was a life’s blessing for John.

The John Bush Quintet will be playing a tribute to John Coltrane’s unique treatment of jazz standards.

John Bush’s Quintet: (All very gifted)
John Bush – Saxophone
Kelley Hurt – Vocals
Chris Michaels – Bass
Chris W. Parker – Keys
Bryan Withers – Drums

The John Bush Quintet play at the Ron Robinson Theater tonight as part of Arkansas Sounds

john_bushTonight at 7pm at the Ron Robinson Theater, saxophonist John Bush and his quintet will play vocal and instrumental jazz favorites.  Seating is General Admission, and tickets are $10.

Jazz saxophonist John Bush’s musical upbringing occurred in Little Rock in the late 1950s and early 1960s, along with jazz enthusiasts John Stubblefield, James Leary, and Claudine Meyers. While Bush’s contemporaries pursued professional careers playing jazz music, he took another direction in that he came back to music later in life.

His aspiration is to uphold the original edict that drove all of the players he grew up with, as well as recognize the same Arkansas jazz traditions and honor the paths taken by musicians like The Original Yellow Jackets, Louis Jordan, Al Hibbler, and Pharaoh Sanders.

Bush is dedicated to playing in the same spirit of those who helped lay the foundations for this rich and beloved genre. The John Bush Quintet includes vocalist Kelley Hurt, bassist Bill Huntington, keyboardist Chris Parker, and drummer Bryan Withers.

Arkansas Sounds is a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System. Focused on Arkansas music and musicians both past and present, Arkansas Sounds presents concerts, workshops, and other events to showcase Arkansas’s musical culture.

John Bush Group headlines Local Live tonight at South on Main

Tonight at 7:30pm, join the Oxford American magazine for this week’s Local Live concert at South on Main, starring the John Bush Group! As always, Local Live is free and open to the public.

To guarantee a table/seat for this popular series, call ahead at (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Cosmic Cowboy Music.Cosmic Cowboy Music logo

John Bush’s musical upbringing occurred here in Little Rock in the late 1950s and early 1960s, along with other lovers and students of the genre at that time, including John Stubblefield, James Leary, and Claudine Meyers. While Bush’s contemporaries committed themselves to and pursued professional careers playing jazz music, he took another direction in that he came back to music later in life. His aspiration is to uphold the original edict that drove all of the players he grew up with, as well as recognize the same Arkansas jazz traditions and honor the paths taken by musicians like The Original Yellow Jackets, Louis Jordan, Al Hibbler, and Pharaoh Sanders. Bush is dedicated to playing in the same true spirit of those who helped lay the foundations for this rich and beloved genre.

Joining Bush for this show is an exceptionally talented ensemble of players, including vocalist Kelley Hurt, Bill Huntington (bass), Chris Parker (keys), and Brian Withers (drum).