Pop Up in the Bluff on Second Avenue will include a full day of music on Saturday, Sept. 29, according to event organizers.
“We’re proud to announce that The Clyde Pound Quintet, featuring Fedett ‘Lady J’ Johnson, with special guests Milt Jackson and Patrick Chan, will be performing at noon at 2 p.m. at Pop Up in the Bluff,” a news release said.
Mac Bellingrath, musician and Pop Up in the Bluff committee leader, said he anticipates that this jazz band from Hot Springs is going to “knock ‘em dead” with the performances.
In addition, magicians Craig Diamond and John Westford, who own the New Community Theatre, will perform in the theatre throughout the day. Pop Up in the Bluff will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
About the band:
Clyde Pound is a pianist whose experience includes musical director, contractor, arranger, and pianist. He attended San Francisco State College as a music major and has an extensive career of performing with some of the most notable music artists (Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, Flip Wilson, and more) in nightclubs throughout the country. While in Hawaii, Clyde contracted and provided bands for artists such as Jim Nabors, Rich Little, Diana Ross and Dianne Carroll.
When he retired to Hot Springs, Clyde joined the Jazz Society within the year and offered his expertise in the artistic production of the annual JazzFest. He is in his 11th year with the society and holds the position of entertainment chair for all events the society produces.
Bassist David Higginbotham is a singer, songwriter, jazz bassist, guitarist and percussionist. He’s also a member of the dance band, The Bob Boyd Sounds, where for over twenty years his vocal skills have been a highlight of their sound. He performs in pit orchestras for many of the touring Broadway shows that come to Robinson Music Hall, including Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Beautiful and the Carole King Musical, to name a few. His day job is teaching music at Stephens Elementary in the Little Rock School District.
Vocalist Fedett “Lady J” Johnson has been a Central Arkansas favorite and delivers rich jazz and blues vocalizing. Johnson was showcased on the “Jazz Cabaret” at the Quapaw Community Center and has been a featured guest artist in several Jazz Society events over the years.
Guitarist Milt Jackson is a retired associate professor of music at UAPB and avid performer, arranger, composer and teacher of music. He has performed in and around the state of Arkansas over the past 40 years. He has played trumpet and guitar with the Arkansas Symphony, Pine Bluff Symphony, 106th Army Band as well as a host of local bands and small ensembles.
Percussionist Patrick Chan comes from the small town of Ozark, Arkansas, but bigger destinations await. While earning a Drum Performance Degree at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) he received top drummer honors in Jazz Ensemble One. He has studied with the best players in the area including Paul Stivitts, Brian Brown and C.E. Askew, and has emerged as one of the best players in the state. Next spring, he plans to travel to the Big Apple and work in the music industry in New York City.