No Tears Suite - Live in Fayetteville - Jazz Concert commemorating the Little Rock 9

  • Aug 24 - Sep 24, 2021
  • Fayetteville Public Library (Performance Hall)

    401 West Mountain Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701, US

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**In an effort to safeguard musicians and guests, reduced capacity and social distancing practices will be in place during both performances, and masks are required indoors.  All seating is first-come, first served.

The Fayetteville Public Library will host the Northwest Arkansas performance of the No Tears Suite on Friday, September 24, in the library’s Event Center, located at 401 W. Mountain St. in Fayetteville, AR. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Presented By:
Oxford American in partnership with Fayetteville Roots, University of Arkansas Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education, Vernon AME Church, and The Woody Guthrie Center

No Tears Suite, originally presented in 2017 by Oxford American, 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. The 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). 


“I am extremely honored to have these invaluable instruments restored and am deeply grateful to Fayetteville Roots for their kind, most generous donation of time and resources.  This Hammond Organ and these microphones delivered the message of hope to the community in the years after the 1921 Tulsa Massacre.  I am thrilled they will continue in service. They are yet another reminder and testament of Greenwood’s resiliency.” said Reverend Dr. Robert Turner of Vernon AME.

“Growing up in Tulsa, I encountered the legacy of Vernon AME church as a teen when I first learned about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. The legacy of perseverance of Vernon AME and Greenwood captivated and inspired me. I have spent my entire adult life grappling with what the people of my hometown did to the Greenwood community. In the legacy of fellow Okie, Woody Guthrie, I made a lifelong commitment to telling that story through song. Working with this amazing team of community organizers to present the No Tears Suite in Fayetteville and Tulsa and to see these historic instruments restored is a dream come true. I feel this project is helping to build an artistic and community bridge between Arkansas and Oklahoma. Our two states share so much. Our region and our shared history is not bound or separated by borders or walls,” said Bryan Hembree, Co-Founder of Fayetteville Roots & Director of Arts & Culture for the UA Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education.


Date & Time

Aug 24 - Sep 24, 2021

Venue Details

Fayetteville Public Library (Performance Hall)

401 West Mountain Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701, US

Fayetteville Public Library (Performance Hall)
Fayetteville Roots

FAYETTEVILLE ROOTS is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to connect community through music and food. We produce the Fayetteville Roots Festival, operate the Roots HQ (a historic venue on the Fayetteville Square), foster support opportunities for musicians and the music community, and lead year-round music & food community and educational programming in Northwest Arkansas and beyond.