In The Atrium

HogTown Hot Club

DATE: Thursday, April 15, 7pm

LOCATION: Walker Atrium at Walton Arts Center

TICKETS: FREE with reservation

While attending this event, please follow these protocols for your safety and the safety of others:

  • Do not move tables or chairs. Stay seated at your designated table during the concert unless you are visiting concessions or the restroom.
  • Wear your mask when moving through the venue and while seated at your table, unless you are actively eating or drinking.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Hand sanitizing stations are available for use throughout the venue. 


Gypsy jazz meets American swing with HogTown Hot Club, featuring four musicians who've been around NW Arkansas for decades, playing lots of different styles and brought together by their love of swing. Hogtown is inspired by how Django did it, but not obsessed with doing it the same way.

Dr. Jim Greeson- James Greeson is a retired Professor of Composition and Music Theory in the Department of Music at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  He received his doctorate in composition from the University of Wisconsin, and his MM and BM from the University of Utah (magna cum laude). In recent years, he has focused on composing soundtracks to documentaries for public television and was awarded an Emmy® for his score for the PBS documentary The Buffalo Flows. As a jazz guitarist and bassist, he has performed with Clark Terry, Bruce Barth, Nneena Freelon, Steve Wilson, Terell Stafford and many others. At the University of Arkansas, Dr. Greeson was director of the UA Jazz Ensemble, taught a variety of music theory courses, guitar, bass and private composition.  In 2007, he received a Fulbright College "Master Teacher" award.

Jim Jernigan is a multi-reed player who has narrowed his focus to clarinet for the Hot Club. He can also wrangle a King Air onto runway 13 at LaGuardia without breaking a sweat. Thank goodness. Clarinet players need some way to pay the rent.

Mike Johnson is a molder of young minds – a teacher of music who has also played bass in some of the most respected jazz ensembles in Northwest Arkansas. It's a big instrument, and he's a big guy. Mike performs regularly with the Claudia Burson Trio at Copeland’s in Rogers.

Ed Nicholson has parlayed being able to play four good licks in a number of different genres into a respectable avocation as a guitarist. Bands like him because he doesn't mind helping carry the PA gear. Ed has been a regular with popular area bands like The Big ‘Uns, Outside the Lines and various other ensembles

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