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Celebrating Art Porter Sr. With Arkansas Sounds

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Held in partnership with Arkansas Sounds and Art Porter Music Education, join AETN to celebrate the life and work of Art Porter, Sr., Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in Little Rock’s CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

Art Porter, Sr., the Arkansas Jazz Statesman, was born in Little Rock February 8, 1934. He never officially worked as a touring musician, choosing instead to perform, teach — serving at Mississippi Valley College, Horace Mann High School, Parkview High School and Philander Smith College — and contribute to his church, Bethel AME Church in Little Rock, as well as other charitable causes in his hometown and state.

AETN enjoys a special connection to Porter, who produced two groundbreaking programs with the station: "The Minor Key," a weekly series portraying black culture in Arkansas, and "Porterhouse Cuts," a series of 10 shows that were aired throughout the southeastern region covering 14 states. In addition to his AETN series, Porter also produced several albums including "Little Rock A.M." and "Something Else." His last recording, "Portrait of Art," was released after his death on February 8, 1994 (his birthday), with proceeds going to help promising young musicians realize their musical dreams.

On Friday, we look forward to celebrating his extraordinary legacy with Arkansas Sounds and Art Porter Music Education at a special screening of the 1996 film “Art Porter Sr.: A Musical Treasure.”  The film — which originally aired on AETN and will enjoy a special rebroadcast Monday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. — delves into Art Porter Sr.’s exceptional careers as both a musician and educator, highlighting his remarkable collaborations with his son, Art Porter Jr., as well as Pharaoh Sanders, Steve Allen, and more. A panel discussion will follow the screening.

The Arkansas Sounds project — coordinated by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System — focuses on Arkansas music and musicians both past and present to present concerts, workshops and other events showcasing Arkansas’s musical culture. This event, “Art Porter Sr.: A Musical Treasure” is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To ensure your seat, reserve your space now at


Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

“Arkansas Sounds — Art Porter Sr.: A Musical Treasure,” 7 p.m.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave., Little Rock

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