No Tears Suite, originally commissioned and presented by Oxford American in 2017, was written by Little Rock jazz pianist Christopher Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt. The Suite is a monumental ode to the Little Rock Nine and was performed at Central High School National Historic Site in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Little Rock Central High School’s integration. No Tears Suite honors the sacrifices and ongoing work of all those who strive to build a more just and equal society. In this reprisal, Parker and Hurt will be joined by five exceptional jazz artists, including GRAMMY-winning jazz drummer Brian Blade, Jamel Mitchell (tenor saxophone), Roland Guerin (bass), Marc Franklin (trumpet and flugelhorn), and Chad Fowler (baritone and alto saxophone).
Tickets are FREE and are now available for a live performance of the No Tears Suite at the Fayetteville Public Library's Event Center on Friday, September 24. Doors open at 7 p.m and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. The newly expanded and extraordinary Fayetteville Public Library is located at 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville, AR.
This event is made possible by Oxford American in partnership with Fayetteville Roots, University of Arkansas Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education, Vernon AME Church, and The Woody Guthrie Center.
You can find more information about this event and secure your tickets at fayettevilleroots.org.