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Sammons Jazz is the most widely recognized jazz performance series in North Texas. For more than 25 years, the series has presented a who’s who of local jazz legends and rising stars, more than 1,000 artists, and counting. Jazz fans can enjoy all styles of jazz, from big band and bebop to swing and Latin, on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December.

Each concert begins at 7:30 pm and generally features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. A buffet-style meal is provided. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 pm Seating is open, dress is business casual or casual.

Performing at Sammons Jazz: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in a variety of jazz styles. To be considered as a performer, please send your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org

February 7th

February 7, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Get ready for an exciting evening of bebop when pianist extraordinaire Kelly Durbin and his Bebop Band recall the era when Clifford Brown, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and others moved jazz beyond swing. Joining Steve on stage are Mario Cruz on saxes, Ira Basset on trumpet and flugelhorn, Lou Harlas on bass, and Steve Barnes on drums.

Magic happens when four amazing saxophonists perform on one stage. Saxomania features Shelley Carrol, Quamon Fowler, Ron Jones, and Chris McGuire along with Lynn Seaton on bass, Andrew Griffith on drums, and Kelly Durbin on piano.

March 7th

Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Concert
March 7, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Singer-songwriter Ashleigh Smith, a Georgia native who now calls Dallas home, shows why she won the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition crown in 2014. She is winning legions of fans, too, with her warm vocals, range of styles, fresh take on classics, and engaging originals.

Joel Cross’ talent and dedication as a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter has captured attention around the globe, including that of GRAMMY Award-winning singer India Arie.  His band includes Colin Campbell on keys, Mike Luzecky on bass, and Jonny Harmon on drums with background vocals by Erin Cross, Danette Allen, and Angela Cross.

April 4th

Sticks & Bones
April 4, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Beloved drummer Andrew Griffith “keeps up with the Joneses” in this tribute to his favorite drummers: Papa Joe Jones, Philly Joe Jones, and Elvin Jones. With Sergio Pamies on piano, Jonathan Fisher on bass, Shelley Carrol on sax and flute, and Chris McGuire on sax, clarinet, and trumpet, Andrew also honors the history of jazz drumming with a performance by tap dancer Katelyn Harris.

Sliding into a second set of swinging jazz is Bones and Such, a unique group of gifted trombonists led by Tony Baker and featuring Ryan Haines, Eric Swanson and Greg Waits. The band includes Brad Williams on piano, Carl Hillman on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.

April 27th

Sammons Center 30th Anniversary Concert Featuring Diane Schuur and Arlington Jones
April 27, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Moody Performance Hall

The Sammons Center celebrates its 30th anniversary with a very special concert at Moody Performance Hall. Sammons Jazz Artistic Director, pianist, composer, and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones kicks off the concert with his group, Arlington Jones & The Brethren, in a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, hand-clapping, head-bobbing experience. The Brethren features Brannen Temple on drums and Nick Clark on bass.

Internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur leads her ensemble in a memorable concert that showcases the rich stylings of jazz. Discovered “officially” by sax virtuoso Stan Getz at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival, Schuur has since won two GRAMMY Awards and developed a worldwide following for her live and recorded performances. Her latest CD, I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank), is an homage to Getz and Frank Sinatra and aptly describes what her audiences feel after one of her concerts.

Blind since her premature birth, Schuur has participated in many charitable and educational projects including fundraisers for The Braille Institute, Music Doing Good, Inc., and the World Institute on Disabilities. Performing with Schuur, fondly known as “Deedles,” are Roger Hines on electric and acoustic bass, John Nastos on saxophone, and Kendall Kay on drums.

NOTE: Tickets go on sale January 1, 2018, to members and January 15, 2018, to the general public. Tickets are purchased through www.ticketdfw.com and prices differ from normal Sammons Jazz/Cabaret concerts.

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Sammons Cabaret is a New York-style cabaret performance series launched in the Spring of 2012 featuring top local vocal performers. The series showcases local artists in an intimate, elegant setting where the artist is the focal point. It is an intensely personal evening of song and stories, where the audience participates in a direct, emotional conversation with the artist.

The Carson Series of Sammons Cabaret, sponsored by Judy & Royal Carson, features top local vocalists performing music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, torch songs, and other standards.

Presented in the intimate setting of Kurth Hall on the third Thursday of the month, February through May and September through December, each concert begins at 8:00 pm and consists of two sets with a brief intermission between sets. Refreshments are served from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm and again during intermission. Doors to Kurth Hall, located on the fourth floor of the historic Sammons Center, open at 7:30 pm

Performing at Sammons Cabaret: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To be considered as a performer, please forward your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to info@sammonsartcenter.org

January 19th

January 19, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Beginning with a wine tasting, this semi-annual evening of fine music and fine wine is highlighted by a cabaret singer showcase with more than ten of the DFW area’s top vocalists. Each singer performs one song with several accompanied by the popular Larry Petty Combo. Reserved tables of eight guests cost $500 and reserved tables of six guests cost $400. Admission for all guests includes the wine tasting, cabaret showcase, light appetizers, beer, soft drinks, coffee, water, and valet parking. Tables hosts also receive a one-year Sammons Cabaret membership at the Nite Club level, a gift certificate for two tickets to a Sammons Cabaret, and a CD by a local cabaret artist.

February 15th

February 15, 2018 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Finding love c’est magnifique! Two successful partnerships, two strong voices, and two excellent musicians unite in a musical demonstration of the wishin’ and hopin’, the falling and brawling, and the happy and sad, of amour. Kay and Kent Ellingson and Jennifer Martin and her husband, Greg Herring, perform a blend of jazz standards, Latin tunes, pop, and even a little country. Kay and Jennifer both sing lead and harmony. Kent is magical on keys (and on select songs, third harmony); Greg on drums creates the group’s infectious rhythms. Together their vast experience, talent, and passion create a new sound you won’t want to miss! Joining the fun is bassist Lincoln Apeland.

March 15th

B.J. CLEVELAND: Laughing Matters
March 15, 2018 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

With more than 400 shows to his credit as an actor, director, and choreographer, B.J. Cleveland is no stranger to the stage or television screen. His many awards include recognition from the DFW Theater Critics Forum for his acclaimed performance in the regional premiere of The Nance. His fan base covers all ages, thanks to his work with Dallas Children’s Theater, Uptown Players, Kids Who Care, and 1:30 Productions. B.J. wowed the crowd during his Cabaret & Cabernet debut last August with a touching delivery of “Last One Picked.” No doubt, this dynamic performer is never the last one picked in real life!

April 19th

April 19, 2018 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Aubree-Anna is a favorite at the WinStar World Casino and local venues like the Warwick Melrose Library and The Kitchen Café, making it a sure bet that her return to Sammons Cabaret will be a winner. The San Antonio native launched the series in February 2012 with a sold-out show and has since earned high praise for her smooth vocals and extensive repertoire of songs (more than 300!) from genres such as the Great American Songbook, jazz, pop, and country. Aubree-Anna’s self-titled CD, recorded in Nashville and released this past fall, is just one more “royal flush” for this incredibly talented entertainer.

May 17th

May 17, 2018 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Named the 2016 Sammons Cabaret Artist of the Year for her phenomenal cabaret performances at the Sammons Center, Janelle Lutz is also an award-winning actress who has won the hearts of North Texas audiences and critics alike. Her accurate portrayals of Judy Garland leave audiences wanting more, but her roles in productions like “South Pacific,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “The Drowsy Chaperone” prove that the California native has boundless talent. Of course, adoring fans don’t mind when Janelle sings one of her favorite songs, “The Man That Got Away.”

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Sammons Center for the Arts programs depend on both individual and corporate donors like you. Thank you for your support of the best Jazz and Cabaret performances in town! Please see sponsorship opportunities below:

Underwrite a Concert

Sponsorships for Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret or Sammons Center Discovery Concerts start at $1500.  These concerts provide a unique opportunity for your company to combine client development with the support of the arts in Dallas.  The friendly, non-commercial setting creates an informal atmosphere in which your company’s executives and clients can be entertained and enjoy a company-sponsored event.

SAMMONS JAZZ is a complete evening entertainment package including free valet parking, complimentary beverages, and dinner, and, of course, the best live jazz entertainment in Dallas.  Your company will continue to enhance its reputation for investing in quality while receiving benefits and prominent recognition.  SAMMONS CABARET AND SAMMONS CENTER DISCOVERY provide unique custom-tailored sponsorship opportunities that also include complimentary valet parking, refreshments, and beverages.  For more information please complete the Inquiry Form or call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

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Hours of Operation

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:                       Closed

Building Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday:                       Noon – 8:00 pm  (Closed on Sundays in June, July, and August)

The building is closed on select holidays including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For specific holiday closings, call (214) 520-7788.


The Sammons Center for the Arts is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, between North Houston Street and Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas, TX. The driveway to the building is accessible from the right lane of northbound Harry Hines Blvd. From southbound Harry Hines Blvd., make a U-turn at N. Houston St. (this is a signal-protected turn).


There are 58 surface parking lot spaces adjacent to the building and 37 additional spaces below the Dallas North Tollway overpass and near North Houston Street. For guests attending Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret, and Sammons Discovery performances, complimentary valet parking is included in admission.

Resident arts organizations and other groups renting the Sammons Center are encouraged to purchase valet services. Guests attending an event presented by a resident or other group at the Center may visit the Partner Events page or contact the presenting organization to confirm parking options.


All levels of the Sammons Center are accessible to wheelchair users and others with special needs. From the sidewalk on Harry Hines Blvd., an accessible ramp is located at the northwest corner of the building. Handicap parking is available in the Center lot. All restrooms have fully accessible stalls. Certified service animals are welcome.

What can I expect at a concert?

Casual atmosphere, dress is typically business casual. Sammons Jazz: Reception on the second floor from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by buffet-style dinner and beverages upon entering Meadows Hall at 7:00 pm. Table seating for 2 – 8 people (first-come, first-served). Sammons Cabaret: Beverages and hors-d’oeuvres reception from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the second floor, followed by the concert in Kurth Hall at 8:00 pm. Food and beverages are allowed in Kurth Hall; seating provides small side tables for placing refreshments. Each concert includes a brief intermission.

Concert Attire

Dress is typically business casual although some Sammons Cabaret attendees do wear cocktail attire.

What is included in the price of my ticket?

Sammons Jazz: Complimentary valet, buffet-style meal, and beverages.
Sammons Cabaret: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.
Sammons Discovery: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.

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