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No Tears Suite

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Geoffrey Robson, conductor

Kelly Hurt, vocalist

Chris Parker, piano/composer

Rufus Reid, bass/arranger

Brian Blade, drums

Bobby LaVell, tenor saxophone

Marc Franklin, trumpet

Chad Fowler, alto and baritone saxophones


Location: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (501 W 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72201)

March 2, 2019
Saturday at 8:00 PM


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In September 2017, Oxford American premiered a 60-minute jazz composition entitled No Tears Suite, written by Little Rock jazz pianist Chris Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt. The duo created the work in honor of unity on the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis. In this reprisal, Parker and Hurt will again be joined by five exceptional jazz artists, including GRAMMY-winning jazz drummer Brian Blade, who played in the original 2017 ensemble, in addition to fifteen members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra who will premiere the new, expanded symphonic arrangements of the No Tears Suite written by GRAMMY-nominated arranger, composer and bassist Rufus Reid.

Audio excerpts of the small ensemble recording made in 2017:

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