FALL 2013 SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Soul of Jazz” - A Keyboard Odyssey Highlighting the Evolution of Piano from Classic Piano Jazz to BeBop and Beyond
Opening Group: Gregory Slavin Trio is headed by Russian pianist Gregory Slavin. Having received early training from the prestigious Gnessin Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow, Gregory will apply his incredible technique to swing his trio in the style of the beloved classic piano trios like the Oscar Peterson trio and the Bill Evans trio. He will be accompanied by our Sammons Jazz favorites James Gilyard on bass and Andrew Griffith on drums.
Second Set: Soul Gents is inspired by the jazz sounds of the late 50’s to the early 70’s and features jazz pianist Arlington Jones together with Erskine Hawkins on a Rhodes electro-mechanical piano, a pianistic counterpart to the electric guitar with a shimmering, ethereal sound. They will put their keyboards together for a thrilling night of soul-stirring harmony. The band includes Shelley Carrol on sax, Braylon Lacy on bass, and Marcus Jones on drums.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Jazz Legends and Rising Stars” - The Best and Brightest of the Young Guns share the stage with Legendary Veterans of Texas Jazz
Opening Group: Jazzmeia Horn makes her Sammons Jazz debut with her band “The Artistry of Jazz Horn.” Catch this rising star, hailed as the hottest young singer among jazz vocalists. She interprets jazz classics made famous by Sarah Vaughn, Betty Carter and other Jazz Greats. She is joined by Roger Boykin on keyboard, Braylon Lacy on bass, and Jason Thomas on drums.
Second Set: Riggs/Slater Jazz Quartet brings together two Jazz Legends with James Riggs on saxophone and Neil Slater on the piano. This accomplished group will feature a set lushly filled with beautiful jazz standards and audience favorites. They are joined by Jeff Eckles on bass, and Nolan Byrd on drums.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Solo Virtuosos – Guitar, Bass & Blues” - Front and Center, Jazz Guitar and Upright Bass Strut their Stuff
Opening Group: Drew Phelps Electric Guitar Project showcases Drew’s gifts as one of the top jazz bassists in North Texas. This unique concert will feature the upright bass, an infrequently used but entertaining solo instrument, and will include
some amazing collaborations with his special guests Paul Metzger on electric guitar, Don Bell on electric guitar, and Steve Barnes on drums. These strings can sing!
Second Set: Rhett Butler brings his riveting solo guitar performance to the Sammons Jazz stage. The Austin Chronicle describes him as “10 fingers, 2 guitars and a room full of jaws hitting the floor”. Rhett will share his unique brand of jazz music featuring solo guitar. Prepare to be dazzled with his binary guitar performance.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Jazz Icons – Salute to Baker, Mulligan & Monk” - An evening with the music of Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan & Thelonious Monk
Opening Group: Akira Sato Quartet led by trumpet player, arranger/composer, and educator Akira Sato, has a deft and imaginative interpretation of the great cool jazz collaboration of the early 1950s between trumpeter Chet Baker and baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. The quartet is comprised of Akiro on trumpet along with Michael Morrison on baritone saxophone, Jeffrey Eckels on bass, and Richard DeRosa on drums.
Second Set: Evidence led by Dave Zoller represents artist, composer, arranger Dave Zoller’s life-long fascination with – and attraction to – the music of Thelonious Monk. Joining Dave and contributing their considerable instrumental virtuosity are Woody Berner on drums, Aaron Irwinski on saxes, and Jeffrey Eckels on bass.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
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.
For a MAP and driving directions, click here.
SAMMONS CABARET SERIES
Following the successful formula that has been enchanting audiences for over twenty years, the Sammons Center is now starting a new concert series - Sammons CABARET. The concerts will be in the traditional cabaret style with a singer accompanied by a pianist, and will feature standard cabaret repertoire including music from the Great American Song Book, Broadway tunes, torch songs and vocal standards. Performances will be held in the intimate setting of Kurth Recital Hall at the Sammons Center for the Arts to a limited audience. Concerts are on the third Thursday of the month, February through May and September through December.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 - 8:00 TO 10:00 PM
I’ll Be Seeing You - A Musical Retrospective from the Canteens and USO Shows of World War II America
We will open the Fall Sammons Cabaret Season with Dallas Legend, Linda Petty celebrating her “Divine Diva-ness” with a salute to the music of the World War II era. Accompanied by her husband Larry Petty, himself an accomplished pianist and arranger, the Divine Ms. Petty will take us back to the great music of the 1940’s with hits such as “As Time Goes By”, “Sentimental Journey”, and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013 - 8:00 TO 10:00 PM
Ms. Pat Peterson
The Music of Cole Porter - Let’s Do It!
A former Raelette (backup singer for Ray Charles), Pat has performed around the world with superstars such as John Mellencamp, The Bee Gees and Elton John. When you see her behind the piano and hear her renditions of Cole Porter Classics such as “I've Got You Under My Skin” and “They Can't Take That Away From Me”, her individual star power and larger-than-life personality clearly shine. With her golden voice, she breathes new life into the music of the golden era of song.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013 - 8:00 TO 10:00 PM
An Evening of Passion – No Regrets in the Morning
A musical chameleon with international roots, this soulful singer offers a breathtaking variety of musical styles from the smooth charm of Michael Buble to the silky tenor of Andrea Bocelli. His European background informs his style whether he is tackling classic ballads or American pop favorites, and his McDreamy good looks “will have you at hello”. Known throughout the Southwest for his smoky voice and soulful style, Goga surrounds his listeners with energy and passion creating a uniquely personal experience.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013 - 8:00 TO 10:00 PM
Dreamin' of You - A Tribute to the 1930's and 1940's
Cool, sensual and laid back, this sultry singer is a cross between the “Girl from Ipanema” and a feminine Frank Sinatra. In the manner of another cool blonde, Diana Krall, she accompanies herself on piano and will be joined by Nicolas Tsolainos on bass whose day job is principal bassist for the Dallas Symphony and he’s also her husband and life partner. Whether she is swinging hard on her up-tempos, or warming your heart with her intimate ballads, Melani Skybell is an exciting talent. Catch this rising star on her way to the national stage.
A taste from last season:
These two clips are from Carolyn Lee Jones' concert in Spring of 2012.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
All of our Sammons CABARET Series performances are in Kurth Hall, 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. Ticket prices include complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, light appetizers, and valet parking. The doors for the CABARET series open at 7:30 p.m. with the performance beginning approximately at 8 p.m. Each performance features two performance sets of about 45 minutes each with an intermission between. These concerts are a little more dressed up and styled than our usual Sammons Jazz series; feel free to wear a snazzy suit or a dazzling dress! 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 CABARET series at 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.
For a MAP and driving directions, click here.
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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 asana 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 JOYCE