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Widely recognized as the premier jazz performance series in North Texas, Sammons Jazz has presented a who’s who of local jazz legends and rising stars since 1989 – more than 1,000 artists and counting. Showcasing the many forms of jazz, from big band and be-bop to swing and Latin, the concerts are held on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December. Each concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets cost $40 per person or $35 per person for Sammons members. Admission includes a light meal, beverages, and valet parking; all major credit cards are accepted. Seating is open. Dress is casual.

If you cherish this powerful and varied American art form, you are invited to join the more than 10,000 jazz fans who have enjoyed this highly acclaimed series over the past 25+ years.

“This is a hidden treasure in the Dallas community. (It’s) time to take a look.”

-Peggy S., Sammons Jazz Member

Here's a taste from our October 2014 show featuring the All-Girl combo, "Sweethearts of Rhythm."





“It’s a Wonderful World”

Opening Set:   Lynn Seaton & Friends — World-class bassist Lynn Seaton leads his hand-picked group of gifted musicians — Pat Coil on piano, Gerhard Kraus on guitar, and Steve Barnes on drums — in a performance of jazz standards where the bass is the main voice. We guarantee jazz fans will agree this set is a bass hit!

Second Set:    String Theory Manouche — You don’t have to know that string theory is a theory of quantum gravity or that “manouche” is the term for a French gypsy to appreciate String Theory Manouche. Performing in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, this acoustic gypsy jazz ensemble features guitarists Kim Platko and Dean Bouras, violinist Mark Menikos, and bassist Marla Sporrer.

“Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Concert” - SOLD OUT!

Opening Set:   Candace “Mahogany” Miller Singing, composing, and producing jazz “just because,” Candace “Mahogany” Miller captivates audiences with her abililty to fuse familiar tunes and original material into an unforgettable show. Joining her is a top-notch band: Shaun Martin on piano, Jason Davis on sax and woodwinds, Stuart Mack on trumpet, Young Heo on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.

Second Set:    Nina Katrina Quintet The definitive international jazz vocalist, Nina Katrina mixes Brazilian jazz with soulful folk and blues in four different languages.  She fronts a talented band that includes Richard Martin on piano, and Dennis Durick on drums.

“The Legacy of Jazz” - SOLD OUT!

Opening Set:   William Foley Quintet — A professional pianist, songwriter, and composer for more than 30 years, William Foley is known for his delightful and fresh take on harmony and melody. His ensemble includes four accomplished alums of the acclaimed UNT One O’Clock Lab Band: Pete Clagett on trumpet, Mario Cruz on sax, Jeffry Eckels on bass, and Matt Young on drums.

Second Set:    Four Brothers in B — Whether playing together or individually, magic happens when four great jazz trumpeters perform the music of legends like Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Clark Terry. Led by Larry Spencer, this incomparable group includes trumpeters Rodney Booth, Freddie Jones, and Dr. Oscar Passley with pianist Stefan Karlsson, bassist John Adams, and drummer Mike Drake making up the equally impressive rhythm section.

“Artistic Director’s Concert” - SOLD OUT!

Opening Set:   Arlington Jones & The Brethren — Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones is joined by drummer Andrew Griffith and bassist Braylon Lacy to perform the music of jazz pianist Erroll Garner. They explore the music of the iconic Garner, who brought us “Misty” and one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, the 1956 live recording of Concert By The Sea.

Second Set:    The Soul Gents — Arlington Jones returns to the stage with Bobby Sparks on B-3 organ, Braylon Lacy on bass, and Brannen Temple on drums for a set of “soul jazz.” This stellar group is sure to make soul jazz, a style influenced by the blues, gospel, soul and R&B and most popular in the mid-to-late 1960s, well received again.


For more information, call (214) 520-7788 or email info@sammonsartcenter.org. All artists and programs subject to change.

Some of the jazz groups who have performed recently at Sammons Jazz include:

John Adams Trio Combinations
Roger Boykin Trio
The Brethren with Arlington Jones and Kevin Whalum
Shelley Carrol Quartet
Joey Carter Quartet
Rosana Eckert Quintet
James Gilyard Ensemble
Guitar Encounter
Texas Gypsies
Frank Hailey Trio
Arlington Jones Trio
Sweethearts of Rhythm
Vicho Vicencio Jazz & Latin Band
Jaelun Washington Trio
Garry Williams Quartet


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Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75219

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Sammons Jazz depends on its loyal members to support the series and its program goals, which include providing a regular series for jazz enthusiasts to enjoy great music by local jazz artists in a relaxed, smoke-free setting at reasonable prices.

There are three levels of annual membership with the following benefits:

Active Members - $35/yr

  • A $5 discount on tickets (regular price $40 - Member price - $35).
  • Name listed in Sammons Jazz concert programs in the Active Member category.

Patron Members - $75/yr

  • A $5 discount on tickets (regular price $40 - Member price - $35).
  • Name listed in Sammons Jazz concert programs in the Patron Member category.
  • A free CD from a local jazz artist.

Musician’s Circle Members - $150/yr

  • A $5 discount on tickets (regular price $40 - Member price - $35).
  • Name listed in Sammons Jazz concert programs in the Musician’s Circle category.
  • A free CD from a local jazz artist.
  • An additional gift customized with our Sammons Jazz logo.

“You should attend and become a member. You will love it.”

-Evelyn C., Sammons Jazz Member

Click HERE to download a PDF of our Membership Form


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.


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.

Jazz Youth Program
We have expanded our youth jazz outreach program in partnership with the Dallas Area Boys and Girls Club 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 during the summer, and are 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.

Funding for the Sammons Jazz programs comes from ticket sales, a membership program, and generous sponsors including the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, TACA, and the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, with additional support from the Ben E. Keith Co., North Coast Brewing Company, A Fiore Catering, Preferred Parking, and Corporate Business Solutions Inc.

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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