FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
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, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 *** SOLD OUT!!***
“Sammons Jazz 25 Years: The Genesis” Traditional and Latin Sax and Jazz Guitars
Opening Group: Vicho Vicencio Jazz & Latin Bandis led by the founding Artistic Director of Sammons Jazz, saxophonist Fernando A. (Vicho) Vicencio. Bringing the pleasing sounds of traditional jazz and Latin jazz to the series, his band includes Chris Borin on trumpet, Ricardo Bozas on percussion, Brian Piper on piano, James Driscoll on bass, and Stockton Helbing on drums.
Second Set: Guitar Encounteris a convergence ofthree generations of jazz guitarists—Donnie Gililland, Sam Walker, and Joel Cross—joined by James Driscoll on bass and Andrew Griffith on drums. Playing electric and acoustic guitars, the group is reminiscent of the Great Guitars, which featured Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, and Charlie Byrd.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014 *** SOLD OUT!!***
“Sammons Jazz 25 Years: The Continuance” The Jazz Man and The Jazz Ladies
Opening Group: Roger Boykin Trio features multi-instrumentalist and Texas jazz legend, Roger Boykin. Roger, who led the series early in its evolution, graces the stage as the second Artistic Director of Sammons Jazz. A pianist, guitarist, and saxophonist (just to name a few of the instruments he plays), Roger is joined by Andrew Griffith on drums and Buddy Mohmed on bass.
Second Set: Sweethearts of Rhythm is a jam-packed collection of women in jazz in a special, first-time performance by vocalists Carolyn Lee Jones, Heather Paterson, Tatiana Mayfield, and Nina Katrina, backed by a band led by pianist Julie Bonk, with Peggy Honea on bass, Andrea Bunton on drums, and special guest Rachella Parks-Washington on sax. The band’s name is derived from the 1940s all-women’s band, The International Sweethearts of Rhythm.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014 *** SOLD OUT!!***
“Sammons Jazz 25 Years: The Journey” The Essence of Jazz—Piano and Bass
Opening Group: The James Gilyard Ensemble is fronted by beloved Sammons Jazz bassist James Gilyard. James served as the third and longest-tenured Artistic Director of Sammons Jazz. Remembered for implementing two educational components to Sammons Jazz, “Sammons Jazz Youth Outreach Concerts” and “Jazz Essentials,” James was also known for mentoring and helping fellow artists produce CDs. James is joined by Quamon Fowler on sax, Eric Willis on piano, Andrew Griffith on drums, Dana Sudborough on vibraphone, and vocalist Simone Rodgers.
Second Set: The Frank Hailey Trio features pianist Frank Hailey, who has received positive response to his latest album, “An Old Sweet Song.” Smooth and polished and giving lots of attention given to the melody, Frank is joined on stage by Eric Zukoski on bass and his son, Michael Hailey, on drums.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014 *** SOLD OUT!!***
“Sammons Jazz 25 Years: The Present” Jazz Duos and Quartets
Opening Group: The Brethren featuring Arlington Jones and Dwight Sillsbrings current Artistic Director and pianist Arlington Jones together with famed guitarist Dwight Sills. They developed a musical camaraderie while touring and working together through the years with other artists. This collaboration is influenced by noteworthy piano and guitar duos in jazz like Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass, Grant Green and McCoy Tyner, and Wes Montgomery and Tommy Flanagan.
Second Set: The Shelley Carrol Quartet features Texas Tenor Shelley Carrol, who has toured the world with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Bringing a traditional sax quartet sound to Sammons Jazz, Shelley is joined by Michael Palma on piano, Jonathan Fisher on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
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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TO APPLY TO PERFORM 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 for the Sammons Jazz Series, please
forward your bio and photo (or electronic press kit), music sample and
contact information to firstname.lastname@example.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.
mission of the Sammons Jazz Program is:
To promote jazz in all its forms from Swing and Be-Bop to Latin and
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 in the Park with Shakespeare Dallas
We have presented a
number of free jazz concerts in conjunction with the Summer productions
of Shakespeare Dallas in Samuel Grand Park in East Dallas. These
outdoor concerts are presented prior to the start of their plays on
Friday or Saturday evenings throughout run of the festival. This
collaboration has been very successful for both organizations and
enhances the artistic value of both performances. We will work together
to maximize a joint marketing initiative to draw a more diverse audience
to these wonderful community events and enhance the community outreach
impact of both organizations.
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
Sammons Center for the Arts intends to develop a new paradigm in the
promotion and preservation of jazz as an original American art form
through the development of an on-line jazz museum celebrating the rich
artistic heritage of the jazz artists of Dallas and Texas. There is an
abundant and rich history of the evolution of jazz in our region.
Significant contributions have been made by a number of very talented
artists,but that history is largely undocumented and unheralded. It is
important to capture and disseminate this region's contributions to the
development of jazz by utilizing the exciting new technologies that
allow information to be gathered, organized, displayed and continually
Equally important is the ability to make the information gathered
within the On-line museum available instantly to people all over the
United States and the world. We will be able to reach artists, students,
educators, jazz enthusiasts, and others through the medium of the world
wide web. The museum content would include: Archival photographs,
discography, video interviews with jazz artists, artists' profiles,
recorded music archive, excerpts from print media, bibliography, history
and development of the jazz art form, jazz event calendar, jazz music
store, artists resource/bulletin board, North Texas musician registry,
jazz chat room with scheduled artist interface opportunities, and other
content as developed. Additionally, we plan to develop a series of short
films that will record the oral histories of some of our Texas Jazz
pioneers like David “Fathead” Newman, Red Holloway,Claude Johnson and
others who created the Texas Jazz style.
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:
Steinway Artist ARLINGTON
JONES performs at Sammons
Jazz. (PHOTO BY LIANE SWANSON)