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Forest Concert Series: Joel Frahm with the Ted Ludwig Trio and The Forte Quintet

North Forest
$12 ($10 for members, Free for youth ages 18/under)
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Joel Frahm

Enjoy a night of jazz in the North Forest, presented in collaboration with the NWA Jazz Society! For more than 30 years, Joel Frahm worked in New York City jazz clubs, collaborating with other musicians and honing his craft. Now residing in Nashville, his bold tenor sound has won fans in the US and across the world. He has worked alongside Betty Carter, Kenny Barron, Freddy Cole, Dianne Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Bill Charlap, Brad Mehldau, Matt Wilson, Cyrille Aimee, and many other top artists, playing on more than 100 recordings and appearing at jazz festivals in the United States, Europe, Israel, Canada and South America. Fans know him for his big tenor sound: fluid, inventive, and full of passion. Joel is joined on the Coca-Cola Stage by the Ted Ludwig Trio, acclaimed for their virtuosity and originality.

The Forte Quintet

The Forte Quintet is a group of seasoned jazz musicians from Northwest Arkansas who have been the house band performing every Tuesday night at The Undercroft in Bentonville for the past 3 years. The group swings hard and covers a vast repertoire of jazz standards and originals, with Matt Nelson on piano, Matt Smith on guitar, Jeff Gray on trumpet, Garrett Jones on bass, and Matt Beach on drums.


This summer, spend your Saturday evenings enjoying live music at Crystal Bridges during the return of our Forest Concert Series! This set of outdoor concerts brings national and local musicians to our beautiful North Forest. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy live music and dancing under the trees, surrounded by art. A food truck and cash bar will be available throughout the night, as well as artmaking activities. Check out the full summer lineup.

Tickets are $12 ($10 for members, Free for youth ages 18/under), reserve your spot online or with Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

Sponsored by iHeartMedia, Johnson & Johnson, avad3, and General Mills. Presented on the Coca-Cola Stage.