MONTICELLO — Jazz saxophonist Nathan Carman of Heber Springs, a 2013 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been hired by Suman Entertainment of Miami, Fla., to perform for the Norwegian Cruise Lines ship, the Norwegian Jewel.

Carman will play during seven-day tours of Alaska from Seattle, a 16-day cruise from Los Angeles to New Orleans through the Panama Canal, and several seven-day cruises to the Caribbean from New Orleans. Carman will spend most of September to January on board the Norwegian Jewel. 

Carman was a featured performer in UAM’s premier jazz ensemble, Jazz Band I, which has performed at a number of prestigious jazz events, including the Elmhurst Jazz Festival at Elmhurst College and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Jazz Band I has performed with artists such as Bill Watrous, Mike Vax, Mike Williams, and “Blue” Lou Marini.

Carman began playing saxophone in the sixth grade under the direction of Traci Jernigan and David Elliot. In high school, he was a student of Traci Jernigan, Robin Ratliff and Cody Jernigan. He excelled at the regional and state levels in classical and jazz saxophone, which he studied with Robin Ratliff, and attended the UAM Jazz Camp to study with Gary Meggs, Les Pack, and many other jazz teachers and artists from around the country. Carman continued his jazz studies at UAM with Meggs, Les Pack, and C.E. Askew.