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ABOUT

Christopher Parker and Kelley Hurt
"One of the most powerful things I've ever seen."
-Alex Greene, Memphis Flyer

The No Tears Project is a jazz-inflected collective formed in 2017 and led by vocalist Kelley Hurt, and pianist Christopher Parker.

 

The group’s repertoire is inspired by explorations into social equality and strives to create recognition as a precursor to reconciliation.

 

Born from a musical composition, No Tears Suite, written by Hurt and Parker and commissioned by the nonprofit Oxford American magazine to honor the civil rights heroes the Little Rock Nine, No Tears has evolved into a touring group and outreach program that brings conversations and healing to communities through music.

In addition to Hurt and Parker, a fertile community of creative artists have added texture to the group, including drummers Brian Blade and Darrian Douglas, bassist Rodney Jordan, Robert "Bobby LaVell" Garner (tenor saxophone), Marc Franklin (trumpet), and Chad Fowler (alto saxophone). The ensemble has also collaborated with composers Rufus Reid, Oliver Lake, and Donald Brown among others, as well as with spoken word artist Treasure Shields Redmond and dancer Ashley Tate. 

No Tears Project performance - Little Rock Nine Day 2023
No Tears Project performance at Jazz St. Louis
No Tears Project Memphis performance Crosstown Arts Greenroom

VIDEOS

Video

MUSIC

Music
Upcoming Shows

JUST ANNOUNCED!

We are thrilled to announce our Jackson, MS residency September 27-29, 2024 in partnership with the Oxford American and Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument.

 

Bassist and composer Rodney Jordan will premiere a set of new music inspired by the Evers Family.

Further details will be released in August.

Thanks to the National Park Foundation's ParkVentures initiative, and Jazz Road, a program of SouthArts, for helping make the Jackson events possible.

Stay tuned for more Fall 2024 tour dates in the Mississippi Delta region

by joining our e-newsletter.

Past Shows

UPCOMING EVENTS

PAST EVENTS

  • Little Rock Nine Day
    Little Rock Nine Day
    Ron Robinson Theatre
    Sep 25, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Ron Robinson Theatre, Library Square, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
    Sep 25, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Ron Robinson Theatre, Library Square, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
  • Memphis Residency
    Memphis Residency
    Crosstown Arts Memphis
    Jun 10, 2023, 7:00 PM – Jun 14, 2023, 2:00 PM
    Crosstown Arts Memphis, 1350 Concourse Ave #280, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
    Jun 10, 2023, 7:00 PM – Jun 14, 2023, 2:00 PM
    Crosstown Arts Memphis, 1350 Concourse Ave #280, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • St. Louis Residency
    St. Louis Residency
    Jazz St. Louis & Gateway Arch N.P.
    Apr 26, 2023, 7:00 PM – Apr 29, 2023, 11:00 PM
    Jazz St. Louis & Gateway Arch N.P., 3536 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    Apr 26, 2023, 7:00 PM – Apr 29, 2023, 11:00 PM
    Jazz St. Louis & Gateway Arch N.P., 3536 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
  • Tulsa - Black Wall Street
    Tulsa - Black Wall Street
    Vernon AME Church
    Sep 25, 2021, 7:00 PM
    Vernon AME Church
    Sep 25, 2021, 7:00 PM
    Vernon AME Church
  • Fayetteville
    Fayetteville
    Fayetteville Public Library
    Sep 24, 2021, 7:00 PM
    Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
    Sep 24, 2021, 7:00 PM
    Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
  • New Orleans Residency
    New Orleans Residency
    Marigny Studios
    Nov 04, 2020, 7:00 PM – Nov 06, 2020, 9:00 PM
    Marigny Studios, 535 Marigny St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
    Nov 04, 2020, 7:00 PM – Nov 06, 2020, 9:00 PM
    Marigny Studios, 535 Marigny St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
  • Symphonic Collaboration
    Symphonic Collaboration
    Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
    Feb 28, 2019, 7:00 PM – Mar 03, 2019, 3:00 PM
    Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
    Feb 28, 2019, 7:00 PM – Mar 03, 2019, 3:00 PM
    Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
Bios

BIOS

Memphis native vocalist Kelley Hurt comes from a musical family. She was the recipient of the Phillip’s Award for Best New Artist from the Memphis chapter of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Hurt has toured and recorded with a range of groups including Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Joe Walsh, Bruce Willis and the Accelerators, North Mississippi All-Stars, and many others. She has performed in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

Arkansas native pianist Christopher Parker’s playing associations range from free jazz musicians Kidd Jordan, William Parker, and Douglas Ewart to Brian Blade, Delfeyo Marsalis, Joe Jennings, and Blues musicians Luther and Cody Dickinson, among others. He has appeared on over 20 albums, and performed in the US, South America, and Europe.

Photos
Kelley Hurt in Little Rock 2023
No Tears Project Ensemble in Little Rock 2023
Christopher Parker in studio 2023
Ashley Tate at Jazz St. Louis 2023
No Tears Ensemble & Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
No Tears Ensemble at Jazz St. Louis 2023
No Tears Ensemble at Sumner High School St. Louis 2023
Bobby LaVell in Little Rock 2023
Rodney Jordan at Crosstown Arts Memphis 2023
Treasure Shields Redmond at Crosstown Arts Memphis 2023
Ashley Tate and Elizabeth Eckford
Christopher Parker Crosstown Arts Memphis 2023
Brian Blade at Crosstown Arts Memphis 2023
Workshop at Sumner High School 2023
Ashley Tate at Crosstown Arts Memphis 2023
Bobby LaVell in studio 2023
No Tears Ensemble in Little Rock 2023
No Tears ensemble in studio 2023-20230926-850_8185-Enhanced-NR
No Tears Ensemble at Children's Library in Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library Memphis 2023
Darrian Douglas in Little Rock 2023
Kelley Hurt & Treasure Shields Redmond in Little Rock 2023
Marc Franklin in Memphis 2023
Kelley Hurt in studio 2023
Chad Fowler in Memphis 2023
No Tears Ensemble at Memphis Jazz Workshop 2023
No Tears Project Ensemble Memphis 2023
Kelley Hurt and Elizabeth Eckford
No Tears ensemble in studio-20230926-850_8170-Enhanced-NR
Contact

CONTACT

BOOKING 

Ryan Harris | ryan@rde-consulting.net

314.479.3001

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