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Every April, organizations across the Metroplex celebrate Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month. To find other jazz events taking place this month, visit Art&Seek.  


Sammons Jazz celebrates its 25th year of great jazz performances with a special anniversary season this fall. Each concert features an opening set by a Sammons Jazz artistic director and is scheduled in the order that they served. We invite you to experience this powerful and varied American art form performed by the best jazz musicians in North Texas.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Texas and Beyond”   Good Vibes and Gypsy Jazz

Opening Group: Joey Carter Quartet features vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist Joey Carter playing the music of Milt Jackson and the Modern Jazz Quartet.  Joey is joined by Paul Metzger on guitar, Buddy Mohmed on bass and Dennis Durick on drums.

Second Set: Texas Gypsies is a seven piece band of gypsy jazz and western swing.The band includes Steve Curry on guitar/vocals, Mike Sizer on sax/clarinet, Andrew Griffith on drums, John Hewitt on bass/vocals, Steve Howard on trumpet, Brook Wallace on violin/vocals, and Lebeaux on Trombone.




Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM         
Bass and Drums to the Forefront”   The Trio Experience

Opening Group: Jaelun Washington Trio spotlights classic jazz trio music with the drummer leading the way.  Jaelun is joined by Stefan Karlsson on piano and Jeffry Eckels on bass.  

Second Set: John Adams: Trio Combinations features acoustic and electric bass player John Adams.  Trio Combinations explores the different blends, sounds, and colors of the jazz trio with the bass as leading instrument. John will be joined by Mike Drake on drums, Jason Bucklin on guitar, Brad Leali on sax, and Eric Willis on piano playing different trio combinations.


Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM         
“Artistic Director’s Concert”   Duos and Trios

Opening Group: The Brethren featuring Arlington Jones and Kevin Whalum. The Brethren teams up Artistic Director and pianist Arlington Jones with acclaimed jazz vocalist Kevin Whalum for music in the style of the duo Bobby McFerrin and Herbie Hancock.  Kevin has been described as Al Jarreau meets Bill Withers and is known around the world for his vocal work with his brother, famed saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

Second Set: Arlington Jones Trio Featuring Andrew Griffith and Braylon Lacy features Steinway Artist Arlington Jones on piano, Andrew Griffith on drums and Braylon Lacy on bass.  The group shines light on the music of the great female jazz pianist, Mary Lou Williams.


Thursday, June 04, 2015– 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Showcase” 

This show was moved from March due to inclement weather - please note, it is now on a THURSDAY night!

Opening Group: Garry Williams Quartet features vocalist Garry Williams joined by Caleb McCampbell on piano, Lamont Taylor on drums, and Jerome Allen on bass.  Garry is a graduate of the famed Booker T. Washington H.S. for the Peforming and Visual Arts and University of North Texas.  He is currently Music Educator and Fine Arts Coordinator for the Lancaster Independent School District.

Second Set: Rosana Eckert Quintet spotlights jazz vocalist Rosana Eckert, a graduate of University of North Texas and formerly accomplished French horn player.  Rosana currently serves as professor of jazz voice at the University of North Texas. She will be performing with Brian Piper on piano, James Driscoll on bass, Mike Drake on drums, and Chris McGuire on sax.



Jazz Series:

All of our Sammons Jazz Series performances are at the Sammons Center for the Arts at 3630 Harry Hines at Oak Lawn.  Ticket prices are regular $40.00 and $35.00 for members with open seating for all.  Ticket prices include complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, a light meal, and valet parking.  The doors for the regular series open at 7:00 p.m. with the performance beginning approximately at 7:30 p.m.  Each performance features two performance sets of about an hour each with an intermission between.  The dress is casual; many people come from work in business attire, but most wear casual, comfortable clothing.  Tickets may be ordered through the Sammons Center by calling 214/520-7789 and may be charged on VISA, Master Card, American Express or Discover.  For additional information on the Sammons Jazz series of the Sammons Center for the Arts, call 214/520-7789 or visit our website at www.sammonsartcenter.org
All artists and programs subject to change.

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We hire LOCAL acts from the Dallas Fort-Worth area, in a variety of jazz styles. To be considered as a performer for the Sammons Jazz Series, please forward your bio and photo (or electronic press kit), music sample and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org. You may also send your materials to: Arlington Jones, Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75219.


Sammons Jazz Program
The Sammons Jazz Program was founded in 1989 at the request of Vicho Vicencio, original Artistic Director of the series, and several local jazz artists concerned about the dearth of jazz performance opportunities in the Dallas area. It has developed from the original concert series into a multifaceted program which includes the original jazz concert series, community outreach collaborations, and a Youth Jazz Outreach program. The Sammons Jazz program is under the guidance of Artistic Director Arlington Jones.

The mission of the Sammons Jazz Program is:

1) To promote jazz in all its forms from Swing and Be-Bop to Latin and World Beat,
2) To increase public awareness of jazz as an important and fulfilling American Art Form,
3) To showcase local jazz artists and provide opportunities for jazz artists of all ages to develop their craft,
4) To build a diverse audience for jazz in our community, and
5) To provide an opportunity for jazz enthusiasts to enjoy quality live jazz entertainment at nominal cost throughout our City.

Sammons Jazz Series
Sammons Jazz is the only regular ongoing jazz performance series in the Dallas-Fort Worth area featuring local artists. Since the Sammons Jazz series began in1989, we have presented more than 1000 artists to a combined audience of more than 10,000. Sammons Jazz is presented the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December in the relaxed, noncommercial setting of Meadows Hall in the Sammons Center. We present two ensembles at each concert, and ticket prices include complimentary coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, light appetizers and valet parking. A variety of jazz styles is presented by professional artists as well as jazz students from the University of North Texas and the Arts Magnet High School.

Jazz Youth Program
We are expanding our youth jazz outreach program in partnership with the Dallas Area Boys and Girls Club which enables us to introduce youth, ages 6 to 12, to jazz as a unique American art form. We have events at the Sammons Center in conjunction with youth agencies such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Church Groups and Recreation Centers, that are interactive as well as educational and help expose these children to jazz music. We use established jazz musicians as well as young jazz musicians from the Arts Magnet High School to play for the children and to get them involved with interactive activities as participants in the concerts. These events are held in our facility throughout the school year as an after-school program that is both fun and educational. Snacks are provided to the children during an intermission and they are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the music. Concert etiquette is also addressed to help students understand appropriate behavior at public events.

Thanks to our sponsors! Funding for the Sammons Jazz programs come from ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, a membership program and grants from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs,TACA, Target Stores, the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Frost Bank, and in-kind support from the Ben E. Keith Co.

Sammons Center and Sammons Jazz are sponsored by:

Texas COmmission on the Arts

Family Music

Akin Gump


Steinway Artist ARLINGTON JONES performs at Sammons Jazz.  (PHOTO BY LIANE SWANSON)
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