Jazz, Blues, and Swing...For FREE!

Shirley Chauvin of Hot Springs and her six-piece little big band “S’Wonderful” will swing into UACCM for a free concert on Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The community is invited to attend, which will feature a wide variety of songs performed originally by the great big band vocalists of the 1950s through 1970s including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and others.

Chauvin was a vocal major at North Texas University in Denton, Texas, with an emphasis in jazz music studies and she has toured the south and mid-west with Buddy Morrow, Les Elgart, Charlie Barnett, Paul Neighbors and others. She managed her own Jazz Fusion and Swing Ensembles in Texas and was the opening act at the “Summertop” series in Dallas for Dionne Warrick, John Davidson and Mel Torme. Chauvin also served as guest vocalist with “Sorta Dixie Jazz Band” in Las Vegas.


Performer Bios.

Vocalist SHIRLEY CHAUVIN

Shirley Chauvin was a vocal major at North Texas University in Denton, Texas, with an emphasis in jazz music studies. Chauvin has toured the south and mid-west with Buddy Morrow, Les Elgart, Charlie Barnett, Paul Neighbors and others. She managed and conducted her own Jazz Fusion and Swing Ensembles in Texas. She was the opening act at the “Summertop” series in Dallas for Dionne Warrick, John Davidson and Mel Torme. In Las Vegas she was guest vocalist with “Sorta Dixie Jazz Band”.

Currently, Chauvin is involved with several jazz productions in the Little Rock, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Albuquerque areas. She appears regularly with her own combo, “S’Wonderful”, for many of the Arts organizations in Arkansas. She has showcased at the After Thought Monday Night Jazz Project, been a feature with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and the Little Rock Symphony Big Band. She is the lead vocalist with the Arkansas Jazz Orchestra

Pianist CLYDE POUND

Clyde Pound started his music career in the San Francisco area performing with Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Dave Pell, Bud Shank, Vido Musso, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Scoby's Frisco Jazz Band, Chris Conners, Helen Humes. In Hawaii for 33 years, he performed with Mavis Rivers, Mel Torme, Bud Shank, Gabe Baltazar, Big Band Explosion, Mother Smuckers Boones Farm and Tantalus among others. Pound, a board member of the Hot Springs Jazz Society, produced the 2007 & 2008 JazzFests and will produce the 2009 Jazz Fest on September 19 & 20. Pound is also a talented arranger and arranged all the tunes for this event.

Bassist BILL HUNTINGTON

Bill Huntington is the jazz musician who has done it all. He began playing banjo at the age of 12 and at 16 he recorded traditional jazz with Percy Humphrey, the leader of the preservation Hall Band in New Orleans and Ken Colyer, the British trumpeter. Huntington switched to guitar at 16, influenced by modern jazz recordings of Charlie Christian, Bud Powell and others. In 1960 he was featured in Down Best magazine as a guitarist, described as “The recapitulation of the history of Jazz itself”.

In the 60’s a scarcity of guitar gigs led him to learn bass on which he has done numerous shows with jazz notables such as Carmen McCrae, Helen O’Connell, Mel Torme, Cannonball Adderly, Herbie Hancock and many more. Bill has recorded with Ellis Marsalis and was his regular bassist at the University of New Orleans. Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Al Hirt, Pete Fountain and Doc Cheatham/Nicholas Payton (Grammy winner) and hundreds of others. Bill taught at Loyola Universitiy and UNO for over 25 years. He was on tour in Europe when hurricane Katrina hit and is currently living in Hot Springs Village.

Drummer JAY PAYETTE

Jay Payette has studied drums and percussion since age 9 and received a bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1978. Jay played professionally in the Chicago area for many years as drummer for the Arts Center Jazz Ensemble at College DuPage, where he worked with many famous artists such as Louie Bellson, Ed Shaughnessy, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Terry Gibbs, Michael Brecker and Scott Hamilton.

Payette currently performs with the Hot Springs Community Band, in the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, the Phyllis Emert Trio and the JazzCats. He leads his own trio, The Real Thing, and plays timpani and sings in the choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs where his wife Lynn is director of music. Jay will be performing with the Anything That Moves Band in the Hot Springs Jazz Fest, September 2009.

Alto Saxophonist STONY EVANS

Stony Evans, dedicated music educator for over 13 years, is presently the library media specialist at the Hot Springs High School. Stony earned Music Education degrees from Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Central Arkansas. Evans continues to give private saxophone lessons and is a 7 year member of the 106th Army Band (National Guard) based in North Little Rock. He is also in charge of the jazz band for the 106th.

Evans has performed with the Stardust Big Band, the David Rosen Big Band, the “Real Band”, the Tom Tiratto orchestra and others. He will join ATM on stage at the Hot Springs JazzFest September 2009.
Trombonist STEVE SUTER
Steve Suter is a graduate of Loyola Universitiy of New Orleans and Northwestern University of Chicago Some of his recent projects include Bonerama, the John Mahoney Big Band and the new Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Steve was named one of New Orleans Magazine’s “Jazz All-Stars”. In his career Suter has played with the Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Big Band, the Al Belletto Big Jazz Band, Pete Fountain, Natalie Cole, Rita Moreno, Bobby Vinton, Bob Hope, Ray Charles, the Temptations, the O’Jays and Gladys Knight to name only a few.
Suter has recorded with many notable artists including Bonerama and Barry Manilow.
Steve has recently made appearances on MSNBC with the “Mississippi Rising” telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims and on NBC with “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”.

Suter is currently Vice President of The Muses Project Inc., a Not-For-Profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of classical art and music through performance and education.

Trumpeter MIKE COPELAND


Mike Copeland graduated from Henderson State University in 1984 where he studied trumpet with Don Kramer and he is currently Director of Bands at Bismarck Public Schools where he has taught for 21 years. Copeland is a long time member of the Stardust Big Band, the Arkansas Jazz Orchestra and often joins the David Rosen Big Band and the Tom Tiratto Orchestra for performance events.

Mike’s biggest influence in music has been Maynard Ferguson, the famous trumpeter with Stan Kenton who later organized his own outstanding musical big band. Mike determined to play those high notes attained by Ferguson, reached his goal and is a valued performer whenever he is included in any musical group. Mike will be featured with the ATM group at the “Joy of Jazz” fund raiser for the Hot Springs Jazz Society on September 15, 2009.

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