As part of the three-day series of events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the integration of Central High School, the Oxford American magazine presents the world premiere of the “No Tears Suite,” a 30-minute composition for large jazz ensemble from Little Rock composer and pianist Chris Parker, a music teacher at Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock. Parker took inspiration for the piece from “Warriors Don’t Cry,” the 1994 memoir from Melba Patillo Beals, a journalist and one of the Little Rock Nine. Parker’s ensemble for the premiere includes Grammy Award-winning drummer Brian Blade, bassist Bill Huntington, tenor saxophonist Bobby LaVell, trumpeter Marc Franklin, alto saxophonist Chad Fowler, vocalist Kelley Hurt and vocalist/arranger I.J. Routen. The premiere begins at 6 p.m. and is a part of a 90-minute set including “a variety of Arkansas- and civil rights-inspired jazz tunes, including works by Pharoah Sanders, Sam Rivers, John Stubblefield and Charles Mingus,” a press release said. Before the premiere, from noon to 6 p.m., student ensembles from local high schools and colleges will perform. For more information about the “No Tears Suite” premiere, visit, and for more information about the commemoration events, to take place Sept. 23-25, visit or