WEDNESDAY 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25. 6 p.m. History Pavilion, Riverfront Park. Free.
With all due respect for the three-years-gone Afterthought Bistro & Bar (and I count myself among the wistful), the jazz scene in Little Rock did not, in fact, breathe its last dying breath when the Kavanaugh spot closed its doors. It just spread out a little. Check out the programming the Art Porter Music Education program puts on at Mosaic Templars and Wildwood Park for the Arts, or the Jazz at the Joint series Ted Ludwig curates in Argenta, or the Oxford American Presents series at South on Main (at left, for one), or The Goat Band’s standing gig every third Monday at The Lobby Bar. Or this riverside Jazz in the Park series, free to attend and timed in concurrence with the first whiffs of sub-70s temps in Central Arkansas. Pianist Clyde Pound’s combo Anything That Moves opens the month of concerts Sept. 4; Pine Bluff’s gospel-rooted On Call Band performs Sept. 11; flautist/saxophonist/vocalist Tonya Leeks performs Sept. 18; and trumpeter/bandleader Rodney Block (pictured above) closes out the series Sept. 25. Bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets and some cash to buy beer, wine, soda or water, sales of which benefit the Art Porter Music Education Inc.’s scholarship fund. (No coolers allowed.) The closest entry point to the History Pavilion is from Ottenheimer Plaza behind the River Market, just off of President Clinton Avenue.