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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 the many forms of this exciting genre, from big band and be-bop to swing and Latin, on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December. Each concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and generally 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.

All Sammons Jazz members receive ticket discounts, a members-only advance purchase opportunity, priority callback on returned tickets, and the satisfaction that they are supporting local jazz artists. An annual membership is valid for an individual or couple. To join, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788 or click HERE to join via the Center's secure online Cart.

If you cherish this powerful and varied American art form, join the more than 10,000 jazz fans who have enjoyed this highly acclaimed series since 1989.


Wednesday, September 6

Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones leads an outstanding ensemble in a two-set tribute to Texas jazz legends Red Garland, “Hot Lips” Page, Marchel Ivery, and James Clay.

Joining Arlington are current Texas Tenors Quamon Fowler, Keith Anderson, and Jason Davis, vocalist Garry Williams, bassist James Driscoll, and drummer Andrew Griffith. The group also performs “Dallas Blues,” a blues standard written in 1912, but often performed in a jazz style. To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

Wednesday, October 4

Esteemed trumpeter Ephraim Owens fronts his quintet in a first set celebration of the 100th birthday of John “Dizzy” Gillespie, the extraordinary jazz trumpeter/bandleader born on October 21, 1917. Joining Ephraim on the Sammons Jazz stage are Sean Giddings on piano, Andrew Griffith on drums, Daniel Durham on bass, and Shelley Carrol on sax.

Percussionist and Puerto Rico native Jorge Ginorio and his Latin Jazz Group — David Lee Schloss on woodwinds, Larry Spencer on trumpet and flugelhorn, Tony Palos on piano, Efren Guzman on drums, and Jeff Plant on bass— perform a lively second set that Gillespie, who popularized Afro-Cuban jazz, would have admired.

To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

Wednesday, November 1

The Jazz Vibe Gang — vibraphonists Joey Carter, Dana Sudborough, and Ed Smith, drummer Dennis Durick, and bassist Carl Hillman — honor their favorite jazz vibraphonists and bandleaders such as Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, and Bobby Hutcherson in the opening set.

Drummer Stockton Helbing, who toured with Maynard Ferguson, leads his own septet in the second set to pay homage to the music of the trumpet virtuoso and bandleader. Joining Stockton are Ken Edwards on trumpet, Micah Bell on trumpet, David Lown on tenor sax, Carl Lundgren on trombone, Josh Hanlon on piano, and James Driscoll on bass.

To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

Wednesday, December 6

This historic performance features the current and previous Sammons Jazz artistic directors — Arlington Jones on piano, Vicho Vicencio on saxophone and flute, Roger Boykin on guitar and woodwinds, and James Gilyard on bass — along with special guest, drummer Andrew Griffith, in a special live recording to inaugurate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Sammons Center for the Arts, which opened in 1988. To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.


Tickets cost $45 per person or $40 per person for Sammons members, except the December 6 concert when tickets are $50 per person or $45 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.

Not a Sammons member? See below for more information, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788 or click HERE to join via our secure online Cart.

“This is a hidden treasure in the Dallas community. (It’s) time to take a look.”
Peggy S., Sammons Jazz Member

Watch and listen to clips from previous Sammons Jazz concerts on our YouTube channel.  or enjoy this sample featuring the Shelley Carrol Quartet:

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

John Adams Trio Combinations
Keith Anderson and Full of Soul
Roger Boykin Trio
The Brethren with Arlington Jones and Kevin Whalum
Curtis Bradshaw Octet
Martha Burks and The Jazz Kru
The Shelley Carrol Quartet
Joey Carter Quartet
Gale and Mario Cruz
William Foley Quintet
James Gilyard Ensemble
Guitar Encounter
Texas Gypsies
Frank Hailey Trio
Keron Jackson
LaLa Johnson
Nina Katrina
Ginny Mac
Larry Spencer, Rodney Booth, Freddie Jones & Oscar Passley
String Theory Manouche
Rick Strauss Quartet
Vicho Vicencio Jazz & Latin Band
Jaelun Washington Trio
Garry Williams Quartet
Dave Zoller and Daybreak Express

For a MAP and driving directions, click here.


Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788

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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.

Annual membership is valid for an individual or a couple. There are three levels of annual membership with the following benefits:

Active Members - $35/yr

  • A $5 discount on tickets (regular price $45 - Member price - $40).
  • Name listed in Sammons Jazz concert programs in the Active Member category.

Patron Members - $75/yr

  • A $5 discount on tickets (regular price $45 - Member price - $40).
  • 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 $45 - Member price - $40).
  • 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 the 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 send your bio and photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org.

You may also mail 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 lack 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 to:

1) Promote jazz in all its forms, from Swing and BeBop to Latin and World Beat;

2) Increase public awareness of jazz as an important and fulfilling American art form;

3) Showcase local jazz artists and provide opportunities for jazz artists of all ages to develop their craft;

4) Build a diverse audience for jazz in our community; and

5) Provide an opportunity for jazz enthusiasts to enjoy quality live music at a nominal cost.

Jazz Youth Program
Sammons Jazz includes a youth jazz outreach program which introduces youth ages 6 to 12 to jazz as a unique American art form. Interactive and educational events are held each summer at the Sammons Center in conjunction with youth organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, church groups, and recreation centers. These activities, which feature established jazz artists as well as young jazz musicians, are designed to be fun and help expose the children to jazz music through listening, a Q&A and participation. Snacks are provided to the children during an intermission. 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, National Endowment for the Arts, TACA, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Dallas Door Designs, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Co., with additional support from the Ben E. Keith Co., North Coast Brewing Company, The Kitchen Café Dallas, Goody Goody, Preferred Parking, and Corporate Business Solutions Inc.

Sammons Center for the Arts and Sammons Jazz are sponsored by:

Texas Commission on the Arts

Family Music



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Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist ARLINGTON JONES   (PHOTO BY LIANE SWANSON)
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